“Pop the butter on top of your meal, it will soften it”
After all my years of flying, I’d never heard something so simply ingenious when it comes to that hard frozen butter sometimes served on board a flight.
I was heading on a last minute trip to Bali, partly birthday celebration, partly Christmas shopping trip but mostly just to get away for a few days.
I’d booked Jetstar. It was one of four airlines flying the direct route between Sydney and Denpasar (Bali) on the day I wanted to travel. Jetstar, Garuda, Qantas and Virgin were all operating flights with the latter two operating Boeing 737 single aisle, narrow bodied jets. Garuda and Jetstar operated the only wide body service, which I much prefer.
I’d flown on one of Jetstar’s first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners when they first arrived in Australia some 14 months ago, albeit in Business Class at that time, I am still impressed with the modernity of this aircraft. The 3-3-3 configuration in Economy Class, didn’t feel cramped and even less so as I was seated in the last row which is a 2-3-2 configuration.
I love the neat clean lines of the raked wingtip which acts the same way as a winglet wingtip by reducing drag.
Inflight, the wing flex and the raked wingtip becomes even more apparent through the larger dimmable windows of the 787. Another bonus of flying the Dreamliner.
The digital window tinting is pretty cool. The picture above will give you an idea of how it works although at its darkest it doesn’t really lock out all the light.
The entertainment is a pay by use system, although there is not as many films or programs as some airlines, the content is quite decent. On this particular flight I giggled away to Minions.
Around an hour after take off I was served my meal which was the ‘Beef’. This is where my seat neighbours comment about warming the butter up came in, what a grand idea! The butter was nice and soft and spread easily on the cold dinner roll.
The meal itself was surprisingly good! While the mash was a little on the dryer side, the beef was tender and moist. I’ve found this before when flying low cost carriers where you pre-purchase a meal, is it because I have paid for it therefore I think it tastes better? Or is it because they cant get away with serving something horrid thats it’s been paid for?
About an hour before arrival in Bali, I was getting a little peckish so purchased an egg and lettuce sandwich. It was ok, although the soggy lettuce made didn’t have me devour it. Hhhmm, there goes my paid for it theory…..
The flight was pretty short for a usual Sydney to Asia sector, only 5 and a bit hours and it wasnt long before the passengers started readying themselves for their holiday and the crew started preparing the aircraft for landing. I was most amazed that the crew did this flight then turned around and headed back to Sydney.
I enjoyed the flight to Denpasar (Bali). While it wasn’t 5 star, it was on one of the worlds great aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and Jetstar did a good job of making sure everyone had a great start to their holiday in Bali. Would I fly them again? Absolutely!
FreakyFlier paid for his ticket on Jetstar.