the royal treatment
By Arlene Batchelder
3 May 2005
These days most airlines have downsized their services
during flights. On some airlines one has to either buy
food in flight or pack a bag lunch. If they do serve food
it is not up to the same standards as they were 10 years
ago. And they use plastic utensils. Some airlines even
charge for drinks other than coffee, tea or a few select
soft drinks. So when we booked our 40th anniversary trip
to TZ and Kenya our expectations for airline service were
But, we flew Northwest which is partnered with KLM and
that made all the difference. We had the "royal treatment".
In coach class we got hot disposable towels before meals.
The delicious meals came with real silverware. We were
offered wine, free. We even had an ice cream snack while
flying over the Sahara. While changing flights in Amsterdam,
after seeing the lovery tulip fields in bloom, we had a
4 hour layover. In the airport we found some really comfortable
lounge type chairs that were used for sleeping. That was
really relaxing after being cramped in an airline seat.
It was a little different arriving in Arusha and deplaning
on a set of stairs rolled out on the tarmack. But since
there was only one other plane in the whole airport, it
was not crowded and it was nice to get a breath of fresh
air when we stepped out.
After getting our visa's and picking up the luggage with
absolutly no hassel we had a surprize waiting for us. There
were a group of young locals in national dress doing a
dance and singng. It was colorful and a nice welcome. Of
course we knew it wasn't for us but for the large tour
group from Barcelona who were on the same plane. They were
still in getting thier luggage while we were watching the
show. It was all part of the royal treatment.
Copyright © Arlene Batchelder