Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Working for an airline…or group of airlines…does have its perks. Today’s Meal of the Week looks back eight years on a generous upgrade…and tasty meal.
I took a two week holiday to Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina in 2011. At the time, I was living in Frankfurt and TAM had recently joined Star Alliance, my employer. Thus, the first segment was a 12-hour transatlantic journey to Sao Paulo.
I was just a student at the time and booked an economy class ticket. But I knew the staff at TAM and they took great care of me. Business class was nearly empty and I was upgraded at the the last minute, without even asking. It seems like these sorts of days are over, but I certainly appreciated the space to spread out on the long overnight flight.
TAM is finally completing the upgrades on these 777s…some still have the seats pictured below, which are flat, but not horizontal to the ground.
After takeoff, a choice of drinks and nuts (mostly peanuts, with a few cashews) were served.
Despite being a very long flight, dinner was quickly served thereafter on a single tray. But it was a very tasty dinner, including steak with potatoes, a delicious salad with bresaola, mushrooms, artichoke, and rosemary, and best of all, some creamy mushroom soup. The warm olive bread was also wonderful.
For dessert I had cheese followed by Häagen Dazs Macadamia nut ice cream.
As a bonus, the breakfast before landing included more meat and cheese, fresh fruit, a croissant, and eggs with sausage.
I have not flown TAM since the merger with LAN and would imagine the meals you receive today look much different. But this was a nice walk down memory lane for me, both in terms of the onboard meals and especially the unexpected op-up.