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subject2load May 27, 19 6:26 am

Is this the BAEC Forum ..... :confused:

(not to imply that recent posts are devoid of interest ....)

DeathSlam May 27, 19 6:29 am


Originally Posted by nancypants (Post 31142332)
iím sure youíre utterly delightful 😉

Best I've had in a few years so I'll take it thanks :)

subject2load May 27, 19 6:49 am

You guys need the hotel forum ...... :cool:

DeathSlam May 27, 19 6:55 am


Originally Posted by subject2load (Post 31142358)
Is this the BAEC Forum ..... :confused:

In principle this is now down to the what, when and where of custard. We have established that it has changed over history and that in no way should any attempt ever be made to misrepresent it as either asparagus or green tomato soup. Since this happened on a BA flight I see no difficulty in establishing relevance. I hope we are all agreed that custard is 'in and of itself' a good thing. We are merely debating the sub-optimal-ness of unexpected custard.

subject2load May 27, 19 7:13 am

@ DeathSlam - I was just a little concerned when the discussion drifted towards romantic themes born of the 16th century.

But now that you’re back to the vital matter of custard aboard BA, I fully accept that its relevance to the Forum should not - indeed cannot - be disputed ^

Ancient Observer May 27, 19 8:00 am

Deathslam,
Laurie was a Prof of Criminology at York, in the Sociology Dept, back in the early 70s. We invited him to talk to us in Leeds in about 72.
I really enjoyed Goffman's books.
However, Goffman would not have been happy to receive custard when he expected soup. He wanted to see the server's reaction to ordering in a strange order. He was not about his reaction to being given the wrong thing!

I do hope the custard was Bird's.

maeboyce May 27, 19 8:23 am


Originally Posted by London21 (Post 31117026)


the staff member disciplined for not doing their job properly

Wow...as someone with an avid interest in fair treatment in the workplace, I am very saddened by your wish to see formal disciplinary action taken against someone who simply made an error. We are all capable of making mistakes - and very often these offer the best learning opportunities. I hope you find your next flight much less stressful

DeathSlam May 27, 19 8:23 am


Originally Posted by Ancient Observer (Post 31142573)
I do hope the custard was Bird's.

I have a strong line in Custard stories, but to be fair it's not exactly a BA theme. Catch me at the next 'do'. :)

itsmeitisss May 27, 19 8:38 am

What this incident demonstrates is that when in F you pre-order food, what you are (perhaps) actually doing is just getting first dibs at the options. I think this is misguided. They ought to add the dish as an extra.

OP - I think a written complaint is in order. State that you accept that mistakes will happen and that you don't hold ill will toward the CC member, as these things happen. Draw attention to the fact that something could have been done about it had there been greater options and more redundancy on dishes loaded in F. Also draw attention that an alternative might have been found had the CSD been able to come to you quicker rather than you having to try and find him.

HMPS May 27, 19 2:21 pm


Originally Posted by itsmeitisss (Post 31142136)
And you are living in cloud cuckoo land if you think that just because you are experienced that you don't make mistakes. I'm not sure that this incident could have been prevented simply by experience. Stating that it would not have happened is unconvincing. Greater overcatering for F might have, or the CSD/M being able to get to the customer rather than the customer being forced to find the CSD/M would have been an improvement. Having a CSD actually manage and only assist CW service when it is really necessary would have greatly helped.

That is not a strong argument as one can argue God has also made mistakes.
The beauty of experiences is one tends to cut back on mistakes, especially smal and obvious ones. The reason we have and will command salaries to our current levels is not for just good looks ar nepotism. Our experience levels plays a major role in our selection for that job. Yes of course the obverse side to that is we all rise to our levels of incompetence.
If you read participate in such threads you will currently see an incident of someone was not up to snuff in drinks service, CSM excusing it as "It was her first First assignment". Experience does not bring mistakes to zero but minimize then to near zero as we also see that reported on FT.

itsmeitisss May 27, 19 6:19 pm


Originally Posted by HMPS (Post 31143555)
That is not a strong argument as one can argue God has also made mistakes.
The beauty of experiences is one tends to cut back on mistakes, especially smal and obvious ones. The reason we have and will command salaries to our current levels is not for just good looks ar nepotism. Our experience levels plays a major role in our selection for that job. Yes of course the obverse side to that is we all rise to our levels of incompetence.
If you read participate in such threads you will currently see an incident of someone was not up to snuff in drinks service, CSM excusing it as "It was her first First assignment". Experience does not bring mistakes to zero but minimize then to near zero as we also see that reported on FT.

Fundamentalists would disagree with your first comment.

Experience does not make you perfect. It does not prevent mistakes from happening. In this instance I don't think experience or inexperience played a role. It was a mistake that could have been made by anyone. It's called being human. The lesson to be learned by BA is that only catering for the numbers present means that it is more difficult to gain service recovery when mistakes DO happen. This is exacerbated by the fact that the CSD is not always available to manage service as effectively as if he/she were not responsible for giving routine service in Club.

Experience may reduce the number of occasions when a mistake will happen, but it does not eliminate them, and this kind of mistake can be made by anyone regardless of experience. What matters is being able to recover the situation, and BA following the just in time principles of Tesco and the like does not give them the flexibility with which to recover the situation. BA is not going to go back and stop the Mixed Fleet Principle. It would be cheaper for them to bring in some redundancy into catering and it would still be wiser to have the CSD managing the whole flight and assisting in ANY cabin as the situation demands. At the moment the CSD ends up having to wear two caps. I am sure that CIHY will correct me if I am speaking out of turn. I think these particular savings are false savings. In premium cabins you need to have a great chance of delighting customers. One way of delighting them is being able to recover a situation when something goes awry.

I don't know about you, I as a customer don't expect perfection, that is unachievable. I am often most impressed by how an organisation deals with a problem or an error. Some would say that this is the ultimate way of judging a company's customer service credentials. BA failed the customer here. Not because of the error, but because it had no way to give effective service recovery as quickly as it should have been able to.

Telecasterman May 28, 19 3:06 pm


Originally Posted by joejet (Post 31116684)
So I was flying LHR to MIA in F yesterday and I had preordered the pork. I asked for the food later in the flight as I had eaten Lunch at LHR. Anyway about 6 hours into the flight I asked for my meal to be made and then the crew delivered it to 3K instead of 2K. the passenger did not say anything and ate my dinner, I did not see they had served it to him either.

When I went back to the galley about 40 mins after asking they said oh have you not already eaten....... NO
The crew member in question was quite upset The other crew members offer to see if they had something else left.... well there was but I was allergic to some of the ingredients. this is why I went through the trouble of calling you First to get the Menus and chef notes on ingredients, below I.flew, and yes my meal I had preordered.

Anyway I asked for the CSM, he was busy and we had not seem him at all the entire flight, so I went to find him in club. he gave me 6500 avis and said I should write in as that’s all he could do, my seat was falling apart and the power sockets worked about 20% of the time. BA First needs to go, it’s hardly a step up from business and with filthy cabins and the new improvements to CW when it rolls out I can’t see a future. This was the last of 4 legs in First then the 2x 747’s were filthy and very tired.

One final thing the crew told the passenger behind he had my meal, it was his first time in First but embarrassing for him and me.

That is my rant over

JJ

dragging up this again sorry - its becoming apparent to me that BA are in free fall with systemic crew/food/service failure. - Their once best asset !

HMPS Jun 1, 19 11:49 am


Originally Posted by itsmeitisss (Post 31144106)
Fundamentalists would disagree with your first comment.

Experience does not make you perfect. It does not prevent mistakes from happening. In this instance I don't think experience or inexperience played a role. It was a mistake that could have been made by anyone. It's called being human. The lesson to be learned by BA is that only catering for the numbers present means that it is more difficult to gain service recovery when mistakes DO happen. This is exacerbated by the fact that the CSD is not always available to manage service as effectively as if he/she were not responsible for giving routine service in Club.

Experience may reduce the number of occasions when a mistake will happen, but it does not eliminate them, and this kind of mistake can be made by anyone regardless of experience. What matters is being able to recover the situation, and BA following the just in time principles of Tesco and the like does not give them the flexibility with which to recover the situation. BA is not going to go back and stop the Mixed Fleet Principle. It would be cheaper for them to bring in some redundancy into catering and it would still be wiser to have the CSD managing the whole flight and assisting in ANY cabin as the situation demands. At the moment the CSD ends up having to wear two caps. I am sure that CIHY will correct me if I am speaking out of turn. I think these particular savings are false savings. In premium cabins you need to have a great chance of delighting customers. One way of delighting them is being able to recover a situation when something goes awry.

I don't know about you, I as a customer don't expect perfection, that is unachievable. I am often most impressed by how an organisation deals with a problem or an error. Some would say that this is the ultimate way of judging a company's customer service credentials. BA failed the customer here. Not because of the error, but because it had no way to give effective service recovery as quickly as it should have been able to.

You do try to make a persuasive case. Practice does not make it perfect but done correctly nears perfection. Neither am I naive enough to expect perfection although I try to deliver it ....

SIMPLE question: When you need brain or cardiac surgery would you pick a surgeon fresh out of residency or one who completes say 200 such operations a year with a mortality rate of less than average ?

I whole heartedly agree with the importance of SPEED & QUALITY of recovery.. I did not mention at as in the past some esteemed posters thought I was flogging a dead horse !!
The importance of experience is very clear in the ME3s or SQ etc. They know what to do when, how and how to recover ASAP. Do try it a few times.

itsmeitisss Jun 1, 19 1:08 pm


Originally Posted by HMPS (Post 31160592)
You do try to make a persuasive case. Practice does not make it perfect but done correctly nears perfection. Neither am I naive enough to expect perfection although I try to deliver it ....

SIMPLE question: When you need brain or cardiac surgery would you pick a surgeon fresh out of residency or one who completes say 200 such operations a year with a mortality rate of less than average ?

I whole heartedly agree with the importance of SPEED & QUALITY of recovery.. I did not mention at as in the past some esteemed posters thought I was flogging a dead horse !!
The importance of experience is very clear in the ME3s or SQ etc. They know what to do when, how and how to recover ASAP. Do try it a few times.

Are you seriously expecting me to accept the comparison between service on a plane to life crucial surgery? I don't know where to begin how ridiculous that comparison is. I have flown on EK and on QR. I am not as enamoured with them as some. I found service quite cold on EK, and patchy on QR. Being barked at when asking for water to drink the water from the bottle rather than having it served in a glass is much more civilised is not good. And that was the CSD. This is not a unique experience on QR. Don't get me wrong, I have had good service on QR and Q suites is a fantastic product. But the grass isn't always greener

Tobias-UK Jun 1, 19 1:27 pm


Originally Posted by itsmeitisss (Post 31160769)
... I have flown on EK and on QR. I am not as enamoured with them as some. I found service quite cold on EK, and patchy on QR. Being barked at when asking for water to drink the water from the bottle rather than having it served in a glass is much more civilised is not good. And that was the CSD. This is not a unique experience on QR. Don't get me wrong, I have had good service on QR and Q suites is a fantastic product. But the grass isn't always greener

I am pleased to see I am not alone in this view, I was subject to some rather unpleasant comments on here when I mentioned this in another topic recently.


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