I flew QF
from Adelaide to Brisbane in August. We got a decent-sized mid morning snack which consisted of a sandwich, some kind of a side dish, a chocolate bar and free non alcoholic drinks. Flight time was about 2 hours with a mid morning departure. That was pretty decent I thought.
For a similar timed flight from JFK
to Detroit in 2000 on DL
, all we got were drinks and pretzels. The cabin crew were playing cards in the galley after a rushed drink service of about 15 minutes.
-New Orleans in 1995. That was 9 years ago. Way before Sept 11. Way before all the bad news of the aviation industry. For a 3h40min flight, there was no meal. Just a bag of chips and drinks. We left just before lunch time and arrived in MSY
at around dinner time. I was ravenous. (I was just 13 then but I can still remember that flight vividly!)
Singapore Airlines serves a full hot meal with choice on every flight out of Singapore except for those to Malaysia. (You just get juice, water, coffee or tea on the 40 minute hop from SIN
to Kuala Lumpur). Singapore to Penang which is usually 50 minutes comes with a full 3 course meal in J, and a Hot Refreshment in Y. (A hot sandwich or a plate of fried rice or pasta)
For my last flight on SIA from Bangkok to Singapore, which was 1h50mins, the following "Light Meal" was served:
Marinated shrimps with pasta and vegetable salad
Sauteed sliced beef fillet with creamy garlic sauce, assorted vegetables and Lyonnaise potato
Sweet and sour pork served with selected vegetables and steamed rice
Sweet basil seeds in coconut milk
And a hot roll, plus a full beverage service with all the alcohol and cocktails you would ever want. Though rushed, they finished serving all 380 passengers of the full 747-400 in 1h30min.
Even the second tier Asian airlines serve decent food on short hops. And they are not expensive at all.
You might think serving a full dinner with choice on a 1h15min flight from Jakarta to Singapore is excessive. But if your flight is at 8.10pm and you arrive in Singapore 1h35min later at nearly 11pm (due to the 1 hour time difference) you probably would not have had time to have dinner before your flight. Plus, by the time you get your luggage out at SIN
you would want to head straight home for bed. The flight would be the only decent time to have a good dinner.
I'm flying SIN
this weekend. Perhaps I'll write a trip report on the meal service of this short flight!