PIA flight Pk-711 was scheduled to leave for New York via Manchester at 6:45am (local time) in the morning when flight captain Noushad requested sandwiches for lunch.
Sandwiches were included as part of the in-flight menu on the flight until recently. On November 25 all the sandwiches were replaced with peanuts, chips and biscuits to save costs, and the catering department could only serve the approved revised menu.
When the pilot requested sandwiches the catering staff told him that they were not part of the approved menu, and that the only way to obtain sandwiches would be to place an order with a five-star city hotel – which would take over two hours.
Surely there’s more to this story, given that they took a 2.5 hour delay? It sounds like the sandwiches were part of a snack menu, though I assume on a longhaul flight they have “real” food as well. I can actually understand the pilot’s viewpoint if all they had to serve on a longhaul flight were peanuts, chips, and biscuits, but I can’t imagine that’s the case.
Very odd, but still made me chuckle a bit, so I figured it was worth sharing.