Dutch airline KLM is poised to improve economy catering on long-haul flights.
Passengers will be offered an extended choice of meals and snacks and this will vary depending on the length of flight and route.
According to the carrier the new meal service will include “a choice of warm dishes, a large, well-filled salad, and a dessert” on intercontinental daytime flights, while on medium-range and longer intercontinental flights “the selection of snacks will be further extended with ice-creams, sweets, and savoury snacks”.
From July 1 the new economy service will appear on flights to nine destinations: Bonaire (via Aruba), Entebbe (via Kigali), Fortalezza, Osaka, Hong Kong, Houston, Seoul, Rio de Janeiro and Vancouver.
Starting on October 28 KLM will extend the service to all its intercontinental destinations.
However KLM is renowned for being a hard-nosed airline. From KLM’s point of view the new service will mean a saving on staff costs.
What KLM calls a new and efficient economy service means one less cabin staff member is needed on most services.
KLM says it has reached a “collective labour agreement which includes a clause that one less crew member will be assigned on many intercontinental flights.”