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Free food is back on Swiss

28 Apr 2005 by business traveller

Swiss is re-introducing free food for economy class passengers on flights over one hour.

The carrier has taken a u-turn on the decision it made in summer 2003 to start charging economy class passengers for in-flight snacks.

The free food and drink will be introduced from May 25 and will include hot or cold snacks depending on the time of day and length of flight. Passengers on flights of less than half an hour will receive only chocolate, while those flying up to 45 minutes will receive water and chocolate.

Flights over one hour, which include all flights between theUK andSwitzerland, will receive more substantial snacks such as breakfast pastries, a selection of sandwiches and Calzone, a folded pizza.

Alexander Arafa, head of product and project leader, said: "In addition to these warm snacks, the in-flight food service will include such items as yoghurt, chocolate, sandwiches, ice cream and biscuits, depending on the time of day and length of the flight."

Passengers will also be served wine free of charge.

Swiss food and beverage supplier, Nestlé, will provide some of the food and drink, and Dutch-based Supplair will provide the rest.

According to Swiss the move is part of more general service enhancements that have included installing more comfortable economy class seats on its Airbus A320s and reducing transfer times atZurich airport from 45 minutes to 35 minutes.

Go to www.swiss.com.

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