Drink service question

Old Dec 10, 17, 9:44 pm
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Drink service question

I know on the 700s that there are 3 FAs and the drink service starts at rows 1, 9, and 17. But what about the 800s? With 4 FAs and 30 rows, at what rows does drink service start?
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Old Dec 10, 17, 10:41 pm
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Originally Posted by scott_w View Post
I know on the 700s that there are 3 FAs and the drink service starts at rows 1, 9, and 17. But what about the 800s? With 4 FAs and 30 rows, at what rows does drink service start?
Depends on the load.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 10:45 am
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-800 & 7M8:
Rows 1-8/9-15/16-22/23-30

As noted upstream, they will slip these breaks around a bit if the plane is significantly "not full".
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Old Dec 11, 17, 10:58 am
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I'm not thirsty enough to pick a row based on drink service immediacy but chacun a son soif.

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Old Dec 11, 17, 11:18 am
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The problem is that recently I have been on flights where they start drink service, the people in the rows ahead of me get served, and then we hit turbulance and drink service is suspended, and on one occasion never even resumed.
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Originally Posted by scott_w View Post
The problem is that recently I have been on flights where they start drink service, the people in the rows ahead of me get served, and then we hit turbulance and drink service is suspended, and on one occasion never even resumed.
Why is that a problem for you? Would you prefer they continue service and risk injury so that you get your drink?
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Old Dec 11, 17, 12:20 pm
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No, I would not prefer they do that. Just figured if I am in the front of the service section and that happens I am good to go.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 5:26 pm
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A little off-topic, but I recently flew a -800 that was at 75/175 capacity. I don't recall how drink service worked, but we did spend some time prior to pushing back from the gate rearranging seating for proper balance. By far the lightest load I've seen on an -800.
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Ever thought of just asking the crew when you get on? When you first board, there is a uniformed employee right there. Ask him/her. Then you can make whatever row selection based on that.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 11:12 pm
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If the flight is light enough, we usually split the cabin evenly. We don't know where service will start until we have a final count and see how the passengers have distributed themselves. Your best bet is to still sit in 1/9/17 (-700) or 1/9/16/23 (-800) because we generally only move up a row or two, so you'd still have good odds of being on the first tray.
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Old Dec 12, 17, 1:23 am
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Originally Posted by scott_w View Post
...Just figured if I am in the front of the service section and that happens I am good to go.
Either good to go (as you say) or you'd be covered with your drink!
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Old Dec 12, 17, 2:52 am
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Originally Posted by scott_w View Post
The problem is that recently I have been on flights where they start drink service, the people in the rows ahead of me get served, and then we hit turbulance and drink service is suspended, and on one occasion never even resumed.
i recently flew a short SMF-LAS where captain told us to expect bumps. In that scenario why canít FAís take the order before takeoff? To at least give it a chance of happening?

In the end we got nothing.

also, I think the cups have shrunk from 6 months ago. And they put too much ice not enough drink.
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Old Dec 12, 17, 9:03 am
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i recently flew a short SMF-LAS where captain told us to expect bumps. In that scenario why canít FAís take the order before takeoff? To at least give it a chance of happening?
Because they have absolutely nothing else to do prior to the plane taking off?
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Old Dec 12, 17, 3:02 pm
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When we've been stuck at the gate for whatever reason, I have experienced FAs taking drink orders prior to takeoff, especially on very short flights.
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Old Dec 12, 17, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer View Post
also, I think the cups have shrunk from 6 months ago. And they put too much ice not enough drink.
I joke with my neighbors that I am the king of the cheapskates, and because of that, it delights me when I see competition. People who spend $300 on a plane flight and bicker about a $0.50 soft drink are among those.

You can ask for the whole can. You can ask for two cups. You can ask for seconds. You can ask for no ice, just soda. Regarding drinks, I can't think of anything I've ever asked for that has been denied. Just tell them what you want!
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