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Qantas Low fat meals?

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kelfly

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Hi, Can anyone give me an idea of what the Qantas low fat/low cholesterol meals might be like? An example of one you've had or heard of would be great. many thanx.
 

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Was a few months ago.. so really hard to strain the memory, but main difference was low fat yoghurt, skim milk.. and, get served first :) (Breakfast from PER-ADL)
 

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Meals do have a lower fat content. Breafast cerals are given with skim milk, vegetarian meals have soy milk instead.
Oh the crazy thing my finace had with her low fat meal, the Mainland cheese (full fat) and crackers, also the milk in the coffee was standard UHT milk, butter for your bread roll. So your hot meal will be low fat but the serving tray seems to be the standard one with all the full fat (flavour) trimmings. Oh you also can have the Magnum for desert!
 

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The problem with the low fat meals is the lack of variety. For about the last 6 or so flights, I've managed to get the same - chicken tagine (or something like that). Chicken with 3 small sprouts of broccoli and rice. Not too bad for taste and yes, you do get it early. However I generally have to wait for the trolley to come around before I can get a drink.
 

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codash1099 said:
The problem with the low fat meals is the lack of variety. For about the last 6 or so flights, I've managed to get the same - chicken tagine (or something like that). Chicken with 3 small sprouts of broccoli and rice. Not too bad for taste and yes, you do get it early. However I generally have to wait for the trolley to come around before I can get a drink.
In all seriousness, I thought that the chicken thingee was standard these days for everyone. :shock:
 

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I used to have LFMLs until I found that they severely reduced the already remote chances of an op-up. With the little you generally get fed these days there's little difference.

Also, there is a tendance of one SPML does all, so your Low Fat Meal can also be for those Diabetic, Vegetarian, Lactose intolerant etc. all at once!
 
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serfty said:
I used to have LFMLs until I found that they severely reduced the already remote chances of an op-up. With the little you generally get fed these days there's little difference.

Also, there is a tendance of one SPML does all, so your Low Fat Meal can also be for those Diabetic, Vegetarian, Lactose intolerant etc. all at once!
Thanks serfty, I hadn't thought of that one. :oops:
 

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The debate over op-ups and "special requests" is an interesting one.

I think it matters sometimes, but not all the time.

I'd be a little annoyed if I was bypassed for an op-up because they thought I'd die if I ate the J class normal food, but in the bigger picture, I think only some staff think that.

Op-Ups are processed differently by different staff. If you have a medical or social reason to choose LFML or similar, just choose it!
 

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Mal said:
Op-Ups are processed differently by different staff. If you have a medical or social reason to choose LFML or similar, just choose it!
Not that it would make any difference to me losing weight or not but I would choose a LFML if I had better chance of an op-up!
 

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Mal said:
The debate over op-ups and "special requests" is an interesting one.

I think it matters sometimes, but not all the time.

I'd be a little annoyed if I was bypassed for an op-up because they thought I'd die if I ate the J class normal food, but in the bigger picture, I think only some staff think that.

Op-Ups are processed differently by different staff. If you have a medical or social reason to choose LFML or similar, just choose it!
Actually, it was only after seeing this debate here and on FT that I switched back.

When Airlines provide a service such as Special Meals they have to ensure the integrity of it. If a passenger has a dietary/religious food requirement this needs to be adhered to as much as possible. If not, the airline requires the passenger's acknowledgment that they are willing to forego their special meal. It's not good enough to get verbal acknowledgment, realistically it needs to be in writing. So what happens, when ops-are necessary, PAX are listed in order of status and those with SPML requested are skipped.
 
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This is certainly an interesting point. However, given that op-ups are quite infrequent, I think I would just go with the special meal request (not that I currently have one). I am sure I can deal with "catering not assured" issues :)
 

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serfty said:
So what happens, when ops-are necessary, PAX are listed in order of status and those with SPML requested are skipped.
If they already have a special meal prepared for you in economy why can't you still get the op-up to business class and receive the meal that was prepared for you in economy? Surely this is not very difficult!
 

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JohnK said:
If they already have a special meal prepared for you in economy why can't you still get the op-up to business class and receive the meal that was prepared for you in economy? Surely this is not very difficult!
....because then some people would complain that they weren't getting the business class meal they so rightly deserve :!:
 

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So you would decline, or complain, if QF checkin agent said to you "Mr straitman, we need to upgrade you to business class but unfortunately have to serve you the special meal that was prepared for you in economy"?

I know how I would answer! "Yes please!" :D
 

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JohnK said:
So you would decline, or complain, if QF checkin agent said to you "Mr straitman, we need to upgrade you to business class but unfortunately have to serve you the special meal that was prepared for you in economy"?

I know how I would answer! "Yes please!" :D
Absolutely NOT :!: Though some people would, (complain that is) I'm sure.

I just leave the special meal requirements off my profile altogether. :cool:
 

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JohnK said:
So you would decline, or complain, if QF checkin agent said to you "Mr straitman, we need to upgrade you to business class but unfortunately have to serve you the special meal that was prepared for you in economy"?

I know how I would answer! "Yes please!" :D
The issue is the airline may simply not consider you for op-up to save having to ask that question and deal with any consequences. Easier for them to choose someone else for op-up.
 

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OK, fine. Is this the line that is spun by checkin staff? To me that sounds like a total copout.

It makes no sense whatsoever to deny someone an op-up because of a request for a special meal.
 

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JohnK said:
OK, fine. Is this the line that is spun by checkin staff? To me that sounds like a total copout.

It makes no sense whatsoever to deny someone an op-up because of a request for a special meal.
There is no line to be spun by check in staff since there is no upgrade

To me, it makes perfect sense. If someone has requested a special meal of some description, then there should be a good reason ( other than "I wanted to get my meal 1st" ) and given that the airline has had sufficient notice to provide it, there is an onus on them to do so.

Given the number of people on a plane, if they need to upgrade some people, why would they not just ignore those with special requests and keep it simple

Dave
 
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