Orion737
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Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:49 pm

I would appreciate some information on the 'seat back' catering concept introduced by charter airlines in the 70s.

I understand a meal tray, sealed containing a sandwich/salad/snack etc was placed in a lockable tray one for outbound passenger and one for inbound passenger. I think this was introduced as a labour and time saving device for quick turnarounds in Med destinations. I know it led to some holidaymakers eating the returning passengers meal as well!

Which airline/tour op was the first to introduce this concept? did Laker and Court line and Dan Air use this? How long did it continue?
 
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Mon Dec 05, 2005 1:46 am

I am seperated from a lot of my books at the moment , i will have to be a bit vague. The catering you talk about was used by both Court Line and British Midland on their 1-11s flying IT services to the Costas etc. Not sure about the 707s (BMA) or Tristars (Court Line) I'll have a ferret around for some hard evidence.

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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:09 am

Thanks very much. Hope more information is forthcoming about this unusual concept which was adopted by charter airlines. Was it unique to UK charter carriers?
 
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:16 am

I certainly remember the dual slots in the seat backs of Court line, this meant that they did not need a galley and this made space for more seats. The "meal" was about the size of a subway 4" and I am trying to visualize the other items. I certainly know that , if you knew how to do it, you could take the returning passengers meal as well as yours!! I think you needed a screwdiver to let down the slot.In addition this meal was really horrible for the return flight as it had all gone soggy and damp.......... Danair used to do just coffee and biscuit when chartered by Airtours even as far as the Canaries.
 
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:31 pm

Thanks very much. I knew the seatback catering was to save time and money but I didnty know it was introduced as a way of removing the galley so as to accommodate more passengers.

Was the seat back catering on Courts 1-11s and L1011s? If so, did Court not have the downstairs galley on the Tristar?

I never knew Dan Air didnt provide in flight meals either in those days. Although I know they did work a lot with Airtours and were a cheaper option than other tour ops/airlines.

Thanks very much for that information RDWootty, anyone else have any memories of seat back catering? how long was it a feature of IT flights?

Did Dan Air offer coffeeand biscuits on their IT flights for nother tour ops? or was a meal/snack provided.

Anyone know what other types of food/snack/meal was provided by IT carriers in the 70s?
 
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Wed Dec 07, 2005 6:14 am

Three times in the 70's I flew on British Airtours 707s. Three times we were served exactly the same meal, the gruesome Quiche and Salad. We were even served it at 4.00 am on a flight home from Morrocco!
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Wed Dec 07, 2005 7:21 am

Meals are a favorite of mine.So in 1960's I went to Athens with Monarch and it was a Brittannia aircraft with TWO hot meals in each direction.I think you are right about the downstairs galley with Court Line in L1011's but never travelled on them however Golden Viscount flights had a cold meal with tea/coffee for most operators. As now it is the tour operator who decides on the meal service on a charter and some were very good and some were none.The best inflight meal in 60/70's I had was from Birmingham with Alidair to Copenhagen. Full British breakfast served from a trolley on to china plates with bucks fizz etc. could go on but I suppose we ought to retire to airline meals.net!! to continue this discussion
 
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:45 am

Quoting Orion737 (Reply 4):
Did Dan Air offer coffeeand biscuits on their IT flights for nother tour ops? or was a meal/snack provided

DA (or any other operator for that matter) offered the catering that the tour operator was willing to pay for. If Airtours (always a penny-pinching outfit) would not pay for a meal, the pax didn't get it!  wideeyed 
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RE: Seat Back Catering Concept On British IT Flights

Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:57 am

The seat back catering seems to have been unique to UK IT charter carriers and not adopted by other European charter airlines.

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