Unlocking Life’s Horizons: Unexpected Joys and Quirks of Frequent Flying

The more you fly, the more you will see.

On working days, I often need to fly for business trips. Naturally, I gained all kinds of insights, both positive and negative. After traveling a lot, I develop unique habits and even hobbies. Recording it and sharing it with everyone forms this article.
I especially like to take flights from 11 noon to 12 noon. There are three reasons. First of all, the time to go to the airport is roughly after 8 a.m., so you don’t have to get up early, and the city’s traffic avoids the morning rush hour, so it’s a moderate choice.

Secondly, you can arrive at your destination after lunch, which makes the host very worry-free and does not require extra worries. Generally speaking, it has almost become a reception practice to hold the opening ceremony, reception dinner, welcome banquet, etc. at dinner. This is usually also the stage and opportunity for formal communication between the guest and host. On the other hand, if the first meal requires arranging a guest lunch, it can be a bit confusing for the host. Arranging light meals and fast food may be considered disrespectful, while arranging formal meals will overlap with dinners, causing problems in terms of meal rates and attendance lists. In a human society, there is knowledge in dealing with others. In short, both parties must put themselves in their shoes.

It’s time to discuss in-flight meals. Among my acquaintances, there are many who dislike in-flight meals and think they are inedible. Carrots and cabbages each have their own preferences, it’s not a big deal. Anyway, my idea is completely different, so I just ignore it. In my opinion, is there anything happier than having someone take care of the meal? What’s more, the food on board Chinese flights tastes good and is nutritionally balanced. Generally, hot lunch boxes are rice, or noodles are optional. Cold food is a rotation of cold dishes, cakes, bread, yogurt, fruits and other foods. Going a little further. Beijing Aviation Catering Co., Ltd., the first joint venture in New China, was officially listed in Beijing on May 1, 1980. It is a Sino-foreign joint venture No. 001 issued by the State Foreign Investment Committee. It is really a symbol of “food is the first priority for the people”. The company’s daily meal delivery volume has soared from the initial 640 meals to 25,000. I was delighted to hear this information, and I found a “theoretical basis” for my affinity for meals on board civil aviation.

According to the mainstream opinion on the Internet, Japan’s international flights may have generally left a good impression on Chinese people. But my personal experience of taking a domestic flight in Japan completely overturned my previous understanding. That was twenty or thirty years ago. I flew from Tokyo to Sapporo, Hokkaido at 11:00 that morning, and the scheduled arrival time was 13:00. According to the practice of China’s civil aviation, it is almost certain that meals will be provided. It was with this expectation that I boarded the Japanese plane. I am even looking forward to what kind of meals Japan Airlines will provide. After the drinks were delivered around 11:30, it was time for the civil aviation service to serve dinner. Even my accurate gastrointestinal biological clock sent a reminder, but there was no movement at all. I endured and endured, and after 12 o’clock, I finally had the meal, which turned out to be beef soup in a disposable paper cup. There is no more. The beef soup was really delicious, and the aroma is still lingering even as I write this. Only then did I understand the gap between international flights and domestic flights in Japan. However, China’s civil aviation does not have such a big difference.

After talking about Japan, let’s talk about the United States. The United States has a vast territory, with a straight-line distance of about 4,500 kilometers from the east coast to the west coast. Although Americans like to drive, a 40-hour drive without taking a break is daunting after all, so many people still fly. I’ve been on such a flight. During the approximately 5-hour flight, Uncle Kong and Granny Kong handed out drinks probably two or three times, along with snacks worth two or three yuan. 5 hours itself is enough to constitute a gap between two meals, so many passengers bring their own food and eat it during the journey.

I think of a popular saying in society: Integrate with international standards. It’s beautiful to think about. But sometimes it’s good to go your own way.

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