When the purser announces that a hot meal is about to be served, it signifies one of the highlights of the flight. Surinam Airways is well known (among other things) for the delicious food on board. You can enjoy it on the transatlantic flights and on the flights Paramaribo-Miami via Georgetown vice versa. Economy class passengers can choose from two menus, business class passengers have a choice of three. The only difference is in the dishes served; the quantity and weight of the dishes are the same with regard to starters, mains and desserts.
SLM Catering Service operates with clear specifications and instructions in the kitchen. Therefore, all portions of the various dishes look similar. Should you choose a specific dish another time: the taste and quality are and remain consistent. Obviously careful consideration is given and all the details discussed with regard to deciding what meals to serve. For this purpose, there are several meal presentations to SLM Inflight Services and KLM. After viewing and tasting, the choice is determined for a certain period. At Suriname Airways this period extends over one year. The cycle is six times a year; the menu is changed every two months.
The presentations are the most important moment for SLM Catering Service to express their creativity, all the while taking into account the passengers’ taste and preferences. A key factor for composing a menu is the data of the airline, which includes what type of passenger is most represented on a route in a specific period. It remains a challenge, however, to try to please everybody. Amar Parsadi, head of Quality Control: “The meals are balanced in such a way that the majority of the passengers enjoys the food.”
The Paramaribo to Amsterdam flight always has a Surinamese meal. The reason: for the tourists this is a last farewell to “Switi Sranan” whereas for the Surinamese who go on vacation it is an opportunity to enjoy what they are going to miss for a while!
Text & photos: Charles Chang, September 2019
Translation: Roline Brahim-Tjen A Kwoei/Equivalence Translations
Travel tip – Special meals
Do you require special meals for religious, medical or other reasons? SLM will take care of it. Submit your meal request when making your reservation at one of the SLM offices or at your trusted travel agent. You can also do it online: www.flyslm.com/nl/aanvraagformulier-special-maaltijd/, or you can submit your request 48 hours before departure at the latest via e-mail email@example.com. For an overview of our special meals, visit the Surinam Airways website www.flyslm.com/nl/speciale-maaltijden/.