Each week, 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.
Although the effort is appreciated, Cathay Pacific should not bother if it is going to serve something inedible…or is it all just a matter of personal taste?
Cathay Pacific operates a Fifth Freedom flight from Bahrain (BAH) to Dubai (DXB). It’s a 303-mile flight with less than hour of travel time.
While carriers around the world have embraced a limited-service model for shorthaul economy class passengers, Cathay Pacific remains truly a full-service airline. That means, among other things, that you can expect to be fed something on any Cathay Pacific flight you take.
On this particular flight, FAs passed out a packaged chicken salad sandwich shortly after takeoff.
Oh, that poor sandwich. I could not even bring myself to take a bite it smelled so bad. Not spoiled, just processed…you know the smell. Prison food. Same with the bread roll. So full of preservatives it could have been 10 years old.
Now you might say this is a matter of personal taste, just like anything else. But chicken salad on a wonder bread roll? Why not just serve a packet of nuts or rice crackers? Why something with such a pungent odor that tastes so processed and “fake”?
I guess the question I am asking is when should a carrier not even bother? If the “meal” is going to be of such poor quality, doesn’t it just lead to unnecessary waste? I know I wasn’t the only one who threw his sandwich away. Everyone around me did as well.
Sidenote: I should have used 9,000 Avios for a business class seat on this flight. Or at least booked premium economy. I was not thinking. Economy tickets run about $120, which represents the cheapest option between the two cities. But 9K miles and some taxes would have been even better for a business class seat. I’m not sure what Cathay served upfront.
This wasn’t meant as a “gripe” post as much a question on waste. If the food is so bad that no one eats it, why should an airline bother? That’s my bottom line. It reminds me of the days in the USA when airlines still served free meals and everyone just complained about them…
What do you think about a processed chicken salad sandwich and poor airline meals in general?