My Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
One thing I love about Asian carriers is that the service standards tend to be much higher than in the USA. I’m continuing “teasers” from my trip to Asia ahead of my full trip report and cannot help but to laud Bangkok Airways for its full-service model even on short flights on turboprop planes.
Bangkok Airways Meal Service – Impressive
After a lovely few days in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I flew to Kathmandu via Bangkok. My first flight was on Bangkok Airways to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Bangkok Airways is the only nonstop operator on this route (Air Asia flies into Don Mueang International Airport) and I lined it up so that we had four hours between flights, since our onward ticket was booked separately.
On an extremely hot and sticky morning, we walked out of the terminal and to the awaiting ATR-72 that would take us to BKK.
Boarding was so efficient it was completed in five minutes. On this plane, you board from the rear. Flight time was announced as 55 minutes and soon we were off.
Just minutes after takeoff, flight attendants burst into action. They had a little time to serve the entire cabin…but in short order had delivered a meal to every passenger: chicken, rice, and a bottle of water.
I loved that there was “real” silverware as well…not paper or plastic.
Full disclosure: I did not eat anything. Not because I did not like it, but because I stuffed from a large breakfast at the Raffles hotel in Siem Reap.
Even so, what a nice gesture for such a short flight.
And for those mainline flights with ovens that are just as short if not shorter, a HOT meal is served in economy class.
That’s impressive. And while it may also be necessary, it is the kind of gesture that makes flying fun.
I greatly appreciated that even on a sub-one-hour flight, Bangkok Airways managed a full-service approach.