Emirates is one of those premium carriers out there with a halo on their head. And why not? They have endless rows of business class on their A380s, and a blinged out cabin in First Class. They certainly innovated with the shower in the air too.
However, sometimes, it does not all work out. Emirates is known to serve premium liquor in their cabins and is one of the biggest buyers of wine in the sky. Or maybe THE biggest buyer.
But this may or may not always translate into premium service from the cabin crew. A traveller in the business class cabin recently, accidentally, caught on to a cabin crew member pouring a champagne glass back into the bottle. He wasn’t even trying to get her on camera, but somehow it did work out like that.
Before the thrifty police come after me, I’d like to clarify a few things about why this situation is plain wrong, and maybe my readers who are more educated about wine can add to this:
- Uncorked Champagne starts the process of going flat a short while after the bottle is opened. That is a part of the reason it is kept on ice to slow down the process. When you’re adding back Champagne that was exposed to the air significantly longer, the rest of the bottle will start to decay quicker.
- You paid for a premium experience, so you definitely do not deserve to drink some champagne which was leftover. While I don’t drink Champagne at home ever so often, it never ever would even cross my mind to put it back in the bottle if someone did not have their fill.
- It is unhygienic. What if someone sneezed around and the virii travelled on to the glass for example?
Most good airlines hence would dump the contents in the sink or the toilet so that it does not get reused. But in this case, someone had other ideas. I don’t know whose fault it was (the airline or the crew acting on their own), but the next time I’m on the carrier, I’d certainly be wondering where the champagne came from in my head. Or perhaps just ask to be served from a new bottle.
What do you feel about the current situation Emirates landed themselves in? Was it a honest good thing gone wrong?