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No food in MEL lounge or on the aircraft?!

Old Jul 8, 22, 4:08 am
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No food in MEL lounge or on the aircraft?!

Anyone know what’s going on? A family member had a TT upgrade clear and says there’s no food in the lounge and they’ve said there’s none on the plane, either. Would seem really bizarre not to have business catered. Maybe they mean they’ve run out of food for purchase? Never heard of anything like it!
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Old Jul 8, 22, 4:49 am
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Not the weridist thing I have heard recently. If the catering company has people sick, hard to do things get food. Hearing about all sorts of airport worker shortages. Can't just get temps in as the kitchens are "airside" so need the paperwork and background checks.
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Old Jul 8, 22, 5:28 am
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Bit of a reality check, I guess.
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Old Jul 8, 22, 5:31 am
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I’m mid-Tasman on NZ274 BNE-WLG (Works Deluxe) and the so-called ‘meal’ is tiny, and the heated ‘tray’ component must surely be 3/4 the size of a long haul Y meal. I’ll create a mini-trip report as the BNE lounge experience was also disappointing…
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Old Jul 9, 22, 7:16 pm
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We had the option of a pie, a smoked chicken sandwich or a veg pasta yesterday from NOU, double catered out of AKL. It was like back in the initial 2003 days of Tasman Express, except the toasted sandwiches and pies were tastier then!
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Old Jul 10, 22, 3:13 am
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Seems very odd, you think if they had time to send an email out.

There would at least, time to load something in AKL. Even if it was something basic from a third party supplier.

You think worse case they could of at least picked up some dry stock snacks in AKL.
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Old Jul 10, 22, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Top of climb View Post
We had the option of a pie, a smoked chicken sandwich or a veg pasta yesterday from NOU, double catered out of AKL. It was like back in the initial 2003 days of Tasman Express, except the toasted sandwiches and pies were tastier then!
That is the new standard shorthaul middle of day menu. There was an article about it recently.
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Old Jul 12, 22, 2:47 am
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Flew into Melbourne today ex. CHC. Aside from the airport being totally overwhelmed, no food issues in the CHC lounge or during the flight. If they were getting really desparate, could they not just ship some meals over from NZ?
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Old Jul 12, 22, 6:26 pm
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Originally Posted by codyc1515 View Post
Flew into Melbourne today ex. CHC. Aside from the airport being totally overwhelmed, no food issues in the CHC lounge or during the flight. If they were getting really desparate, could they not just ship some meals over from NZ?
I thought they used to double cater some Tasman sectors pre covid? Or did they just used to happen on flights ex-AKL?

The 787/777s have no issues fitting in a return trips meals on the Tasman.
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Old Jul 14, 22, 5:34 pm
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Good grief. Departed MEL this morning. Massive queues at security. Only 1 queue to get in, wait in a snaking queue, then only 4 security lines operating out of 10. Most staff weren’t wearing masks (even though legally required to). This all seemed relatively normal till we boarded the plane. Delayed 25 minutes so far, due to waiting for catering for the flight.
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Old Jul 14, 22, 7:26 pm
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Good grief. Departed MEL this morning. Massive queues at security. Only 1 queue to get in, wait in a snaking queue, then only 4 security lines operating out of 10. Most staff weren’t wearing masks (even though legally required to).
On what legal basis are MEL airport staff required to wear masks unless on an aircraft?
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Old Jul 14, 22, 7:34 pm
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On what legal basis are MEL airport staff required to wear masks unless on an aircraft?
Fair. Seems that this was changed about two weeks ago. We left over 30 minutes late in the end. Bizarrely staff didn’t do the safety briefing till after the food arrived on board which arguably delayed us further. Is there some reason they can’t just do the briefing once everyone’s onboard *then* wait for the food?
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Old Jul 14, 22, 7:51 pm
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Originally Posted by codyc1515 View Post
Fair. Seems that this was changed about two weeks ago. We left over 30 minutes late in the end. Bizarrely staff didn’t do the safety briefing till after the food arrived on board which arguably delayed us further. Is there some reason they can’t just do the briefing once everyone’s onboard *then* wait for the food?
Checklists need to be followed in order else risk things getting forgotten. Accident have happened when checklists not followed, so drilled to follow the checklist or be prepared to justify decisions.

Most probably checklist says doors need to be shut & cabin secure (no one in toilets, carts secure) before doing safety briefing
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Old Jul 14, 22, 8:46 pm
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Not the weridist thing I have heard recently. If the catering company has people sick, hard to do things get food. Hearing about all sorts of airport worker shortages. Can't just get temps in as the kitchens are "airside" so need the paperwork and background checks.
Most kitchens are moving landside as they don't need to have direct airside access. Trucks use a gate to access the ramp. Meals are produced sometimes weeks in advance (premium meals excluded), real estate is cheaper off-airport.
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Old Jul 14, 22, 8:56 pm
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Most kitchens are moving landside as they don't need to have direct airside access. Trucks use a gate to access the ramp. Meals are produced sometimes weeks in advance (premium meals excluded), real estate is cheaper off-airport.
But think staff still need background checks and have to work in an airsidish way as they are dealing with things that end up on planes without x-ray etc.
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