csavel
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Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 12:41 pm

As a vegetarian, I've always been curious about this.
I figure since they *pay* the crew instead of getting paid, if they have special dietary requirements they are on their own. Esp, since there are times when flight crew go on short notice.

I suppose on El Al, everything is kosher and on Airlines from Islamic countries they would be halal.
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IMissPiedmont
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 1:00 pm

Same as passengers. However, the flight crew do not eat the same entree. Safety reasons. You wouldn't want all the flight crew with food poisining at the same time. They can request special meals as can paying passengers.
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ILOVEA340
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 2:34 pm

Remember airplane? same idea.
 
Critter_592
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 2:38 pm

I heard the cockpit crew doesn't get to eat til after all pax, and they get whatever is left over.
 
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 5:11 pm

It depends on the airline, I used to do charter work for different airlines. Some would give us First Class food for the crew including a special meal for the captain. Others would just give you a loaf of bread and some cold meat!!!

A number of low cost carriers in Europe dont supply crew meals at all.

 
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 5:42 pm

Singapore Airlines supplies First Class food to captains.I'm not too sure about cabin crew though.


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TriStar
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Wed Jun 06, 2001 7:55 pm

Flightdeck crew get meals that are different from those of the pax, and both get different meals from one another, too. If special dietary needs are in order, one had better take his or her own food along... Such is life.

As side information; I used to be vegetarian myself, too. On doctor's advice, however, I gave up on it. Apparently, flying over 30.000 ft causes the iron level in one's blood to drop drastically. (At one point, I had the numbers to prove it.) When not trying to regularly boost it by eating some meat, one would need additional "iron injections" in order not to grow too weak. (Tablets appear not to be an option, since they may cause an ulcer in the long run.)
I thought you might be interested to know this. Remember, this is what my doctor told me - I didn't make it up, myself. For the record: my doctor is somewhat of an authority when it comes to the rather specific combination of medicine and aviation.

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srbmod
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 4:40 am

I've seen flight crews enjoying meals of different types. I've seen them get something from the concourse resturants; I've seen them bring a sack lunch, and I've seen them served the leftovers from the Business Class cabin.
 
rey777
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 5:02 am

It depends on the airline... My girlfriend is a crew member in Crossair. Sometimes they eat what pax dont eat. But they always have the same meal as pax. By the way, sometimes she brings me some stuff and that's pretty cool !  Big grin
 
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 5:08 am

On NWA they get special crew meals. There is usually a choice of two entrees, with bread, salad and dessert. They are often disgusting, yes worse than passenger meals. Additionally, they sometimes do not have enough if there is an FA add on the pattern.

I once had a crew meal on a flight that was left over (I was non reving with my BF). It was some sort of beef-esque product with barbeque sauce, salad and chocolate cake. Aside from the beef, it was pretty good.
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 7:20 am

No crew food at all at Go - unless you buy a sandwich Sad
 
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Thu Jun 07, 2001 7:29 am

At AA, pilots receive first class pax meals when scheduled for a crew meal. There are no special meals available; however, upon captain's request additional pilot crew meals will be provided on flights not scheduled for one on an "as available" basis. FWIW, I have never been refused additional crew meals when providing the airport operations folks at least 30 minutes prior notice.

Flight Attendants receive a "snack pack" that contains "health food" style breakfast or lunch snacks. No longer sure of when their contract provides for these and the ones I've seen are not too appealing to my eye. I have on numerous occasions purchased "lunch" at airport resturants for my flight attendants provide we have enough sit time between flights to receive the food prior to boarding the next aircraft.
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RE: We Can Eat The Same Thing

Sat Jun 09, 2001 4:49 am

There is no rule in the US that requires the flight crew to eat different entrees!
 
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Sat Jun 09, 2001 9:15 am

Must be nice to be SIA flight crew. Their food in first class is superb and a lot of variety too.

At least the flight crew don't get to drink Dom Perigeon
with their meal... blah... ha..  Smile/happy/getting dizzy at least not when they're on duty.
 
Southern
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Sat Jun 09, 2001 8:45 pm

While I was working as a pilot aboard Southern Australia Airlines (now QantasLink) Dash 8 service from MEL to CBR return, I was served a J class meal (from MEL to CBR), where as all the pax were given the normal Y class meals. On return we were given a whole bunch of nicknacks from peanuts to sweets! Plus free drink previlages!
 
csavel
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Sat Jun 09, 2001 8:50 pm

Hey, tristar thanks for the info.

How often did you fly, were you an F/A or a cockpit crewmember?

If a passenger flies about once a month, is this an issue?

Sorry if this seems a bit OT for the other posters.

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TriStar
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RE: Csavel

Sun Jun 10, 2001 5:51 am

Hi Csavel,

Since I'm (still) a F/A myself, you could say I fly practically on a daily basis. From a pax point of view, I would say the vegetarian lifestyle can be combined with flying, say, once a month, just perfectly.
Aside from the flying activities, you had better make sure you have a varried menu, though. However, getting into that would really be off topic, I'm afraid. Mind you, there are plenty of good resources on the Net that will provide you with lots of helfpful information on vegetarianism in general.

All the best and fly safely (and veggie Big grin),

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RE: Csavel

Sun Jun 10, 2001 7:45 am

I can't speak for all U.S. carriers but Continental Express crews eat the same food as the PAX. The PAX normally have some sort of choice of breakfast bagels/cereal etc and the crew is given much of the same. The Captain can authorize free liquer for maintenance delays or really anything at all. Normally the crew meals are delivered by the catering truck but sometimes they come down the jetway seperate if the pax are not eating but crew meals were requested by the crew.
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RE: Do Flight Crew Get Special Meals?

Sun Jun 17, 2001 12:17 am

Flight crews(both cabin and cockpit) eat the same thing as the passengers usually. Pan Am used to increase the catering in first class to accomodate the number of crew members of board that particular day. For instance going to Tokyo we naturally had much more of a selection for the crew since we fed the passengers two meals and one snack going out of New York(the flight was scheduled for a non-stop 12 1/2 hrs.) than we would have had say on London(about 5 -51/2 hrs.).

As far as the pilots eating different meals goes, it really depended on the captain. If he insisted, then it happened, if not then it was whatever the three guys wanted.





















 
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RE: CALPilot

Sun Jun 17, 2001 1:46 am

CALPilot, although there is no law stating this, carriers often provide their flight crews with meals that are different from what their passengers are eating. This is just a "play it safe" move, and the effects of what can happen when this doesn't occur is illustrated by the movie "Airplane".

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