Sydney to Melbourne short domestic flight QF407; a full flight filled with business people, including yours truly. Special meal fruit platter was still available for order.
Breakfast: a predictable small apple, banana and soy milk.
I still don’t entirely know why they think people who choose to eat fruits would want soy or to avoid dairy. But there you go.
QF121, Qantas short-haul international flight from Sydney to Queenstown, economy class. The flight was just over 2 hours, but I could still order the special meal fruit platter.
Fruit platter: main platter in bigger chunks than usual with skin and rind; side bag contained small Red Delicious apple, small banana, dried cranberries (donated to Richard), soy milk (discarded/returned).
Meanwhile, the rest of them had a good 3 options, which I was quite impressed with:
There was a minor beef sauce spillover incident. (The barramundi would have been my choice if I hadn’t ordered the fruit platter.)
After the main meal, there’s Weis ice-cream bar:
… as well as Lindt chocolate truffles.
USB charger port available on the front of each economy seat of the Boeing 737-800.
Qantas QF925, 3-hour Cairns-to-Sydney domestic return flight, economy class. I didn’t realise how greasy my phone camera has become over the trip until I looked at these photos!
The fruit platter I got on my flight to Cairns wasn’t quite a platter for variety. It got better on the return trip with 6 different fruits (black currants, orange slice, pineapple, honeydew, rockmelon, watermelon), but without the whole banana that Qantas fruit platter meals tend to have in my experience.
Normal lunch menu had two options: green curry chicken or Thai beef salad. Richard chose the hot item, which would have been my choice as well had I not signed up for the special meal.
And it was a good choice. The green curry chicken on white rice was also a light meal, but at least it wasn’t dry and looked unappetising like the Thai beef salad with the rice vermicelli.
I was expecting them to hand out a snack as they did on our first flight. It’s Lindor chocolate truffles. I didn’t need the extra sugar, so I donated it to Richard who, since we’re “technically still on holidays”, gladly adopted.
But wait, there’s more! After the chocolates, there’s also ice cream bars! Best economy class domestic flight meal service or what?
QF924, Qantas Sydney-to-Cairns domestic 3-hour short-haul flight. I decided to play safe and continued to sign up for the fruit platter. I got my special meal before the others, as usual.
Not so much a platter but an apple and a banana in a box (and a soy milk that I never bother). I guess at least I got to eat before all the turbulence.
The normal flight breakfast was a choice between a tortilla and a cereal. Richard picked the scrambled egg and bacon tortilla.
Small but looked nice and handmade according to the box, but also quite chewy and stuck to Richard’s teeth.
They served a snack almost immediately after the first trays were cleared. I wondered why they bothered instead of doing both breakfast and snack in one go.
Our snack, the chocolate biscuits, looked like… Well.
Richard: Did you want to say “neatly wrapped poop”?
Everything I didn’t eat looked more exciting (neatly wrapped poop is exciting), but I didn’t regret sticking to my two-ingredient special meal. Let’s see what they have for me on my return flight.
To my surprise, the hotel we stayed at served a different fruit at breakfast buffet every morning, so I wasn’t as desperate for fresh fruits on my return trip as I normally would. I already signed up for this, though, so fruit platters I got.
The main trays looked extra empty because I took out the cutlery pack both times, but even the fruit subtrays weren’t as full and didn’t look as appetising as the ones I got on the way to Tokyo. I guess it’s winter in Japan, after all.
And the normal flight menu for reference:
Fruiting up before I hit the Japanese winter for the third ski trip of my life!
If any of this looks familiar, well… I didn’t have the soy milk and orange juice as usual.
And the normal flight menu for you non-precious snowflakes:
Who’s privileged enough to go on a ski trip from Sydney to Japan for the second time in the same year, only two months apart?
I am! bigsmile It’s probably my last trip for a while, though. Not many days of annual leave left!
This time, instead of skipping the flight meals altogether, I decided to try Qantas’ fruit platter meal. Thought I would fruit up a little before the trip, because it’s still winter in Japan so I wouldn’t expect to eat any fruits while there.
Got this for dinner:
I preferred the dinner. I didn’t have the juice or the soy milk, but the actual fruits were rather juicy and fresh. I got to eat then use the bathrooms before everyone else as well. Worth getting awakened a bit earlier.