SAS Plus meal, Stockholm to Malaga
Flight: SK 1803
Departure time in Stockholm (ARN): 12:30
Arrival time in Malaga (AGP): 16:50
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Duration: 4h 20min
Date of flight: December 15, 2017
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #139
Arlanda Airport Terminal 5, Departures Hall
SAS Gold Lounge
SAS Gold Lounge was a bit quiet when we arrived and they were still serving breakfast as usual. If champagnes and wines are normally breakfast items, who am I to say no 😊
Aircraft, Boeing 737-800
Boarding, Gate 1
SAS Plus Cabin
Seat 8A (Window)
Around 12:25pm, an announcement was made informing us that the flight is full and about 10 minutes later, the captain named Charlotte came on the PA to welcome us and to apologize for the delay due to many baggage being loaded as well as a few passengers needing assistance for boarding. Flight time was 4 hours and 5 minutes, with a nice weather on the way to Malaga.
Moments later, the staff started with the safety on board demo, as there are no monitors/screens. Take off went smoothly at 12:57pm.
As soon as the seat belt sign was turned off, the cabin manager came on the PA to inform us of the meal service, with those flying in SAS Plus getting complimentary cold meal and drinks while those in SAS Go can buy their meal on board, plus complimentary coffee and tea.
Around 1:30pm, hot towels were offered.
As there are no real partitions between SAS Plus and SAS Go, the lavatory was used by passengers from both cabins.
Around 4:30pm, the first officer came on the PA to inform us that we are approaching Malaga Airport and that we would be landing in 20 minutes. He also added the weather in Malaga which is 20 degrees.
Landing at Malaga International Airport (AGP)
My last flight with SAS on SAS plus was when I flew to Palma de Mallorca in March and since it was almost the same flight distance as this one, I knew more or less what to expect on this flight. I was glad that the seat beside me was vacant since I just find it ridiculous that a passenger in SAS Go would get a vacant seat beside him especially when economy is not full, and I who is flying in SAS Plus wouldn't get it. Of course, that's the way SAS would have it so in the end, I really can't do anything about it. As expected, the meals in SAS Plus are subpar to what you'd normally get on other European airlines. I understand that they would like to minimize the cost but it's strange that they do not limit the consumption of alcoholic drinks in SAS Plus. The lady at seat 8C had 2 bottles of sparkling wine, a small bottle of liquor and apple juice. And when she asked for her second sparkling wine, I noticed that the flight attendant was not that happy. Of course, if they serve inexpensive meals and yet passengers would consume expensive drinks as they wish, then I guess SAS is not really getting any profit in the end.
Overall, the flight was nice since the flight attendants were friendly although I wish they would try to level up their meal service and use an aircraft with personal screen especially on this long flight.