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I was recently on a SQ flight from Singapore to Shanghai in the business cabin. They had Satay were served without table cloth laid and followed quite closely with meal proper served with table cloth laid. I was wandering why don’t they have the table cloth laid at the start of serving satay. WAs this their standard practice? I can’t recall.21 Sep 2016
It is for weight distribution reasons.
The time at which the satay is served on this sector is when the aircraft is banking right to head to Shanghai. The table cloths are stored in L1/12 storage compartment in the front galley which is pivotal for maintaining the aircraft’s centre of gravity. It is a delicate operation for the crew to safely execute the turn and prepare the satay simultaneously. One stray satay stick and the stability of the aircraft could be compromised.
As a result, the table cloths are kept in position neatly folded in the L1/12 storage compartment to counter the gravitational impact of the satay sticks being placed and then removed from the ovens. Once the plates of satay are distributed, the Captain gives the cabin crew permission to remove the table cloths from the L1/12 storage compartment and the tables are set.
I don’t understand what the fuss is about? I thought this was common knowledge. It’s also why SQ are getting rid of the first A380s. There was a satay storage compartment design flaw in the early versions of the aircraft. They’re a flying time bomb whenever satay is served.
… you’re welcome.21 Sep 2016
Best you just open your mouth as the trolley goes by and they can pop a morsel in for you. No tablecloth, no fuss, just sheer luxury!
Did they place the satay on a plate, or straight onto your tray table?
It was served on a plate but without a table cloth. I could have asked for one but I only realized much later and it was consistent for all for the seats. Yes no big fuss but just odd. Not a trick question. I just can’t remember was that done consistently in the past.22 Sep 2016