WHY ARE MEALS SERVED AT SUCH STRANGE TIMES OF DAY?
However much comfort and service might improve in business class, I still find one of the stresses of air travel is being served meals at strange times of the day and night that do not relate to the time at either origin or destination.
Some of this, such as dinner in the middle of the night, is a largely unavoidable part of schedules, but there are things that I find puzzling or even inexplicable.
A common one is being served lunch at breakfast time departures, but even weirder is being served breakfast before an evening landing. For example, I recently flew to both London and Sydney from Manila with Philippine Airlines. The standard of cabin service was excellent. These flights departed at roughly midday, after which lunch was served. In both cases, though, the second “light meal” consisted entirely of breakfast dishes, even though arrival was in the evening by both local time and the time in Manila; and, more importantly, my body clock.
Particularly on flights that are north-south, crossing a few time zones, why can’t meals match the time of day, as they would if travelling on a train or ship? Tony Hall, London