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I visited SAS Service Partner - A Scandinavian Airline owned Flight Catering Company in London Heathrow, Gatwick and Frankfurt from 07th to 12th September 1992. The visit was planned in less than two weeks as there were some issues that needed immediate flight kitchen audit and actions.
I travelled to Heathrow on Emirates A300-600 aircraft on the 07th September and stayed over-night at Forte Crest Hotel near the Airport. The next day, I visited SAS Flight Kitchen in Hatton Cross. Our Account Manager was a young lady by the name of Sharon Weinman and she took me around the Flight Kitchen. After that we sat down and discussed Cabin Crew Voyage Report comments we had received and agreed on corrective actions pertaining to catering. I also did a quick stock count of randomly selected items and not too sure the findings were very impressive.
I’m with Sharon Weinman
My next stop was in Gatwick and I was met by Tony Wells, the Account Manager at SAS Service Partners. Tony and I knew each other only by telexes and it gave me an opportunity to put a face to the name! I also met Collin Munn, whom I guess Tony’s boss in Sales & Marketing Department at SAS. I followed the same work routine similar to SAS Kitchen in Heathrow, discussing Cabin Crew Voyage Reports and also random stock count.
Tony Wells and myself
My stay in Gatwick was at Forte Crest at the Airport located very close to the North Terminal. After long days work and checking in to the hotel, I spent the evening with my good friend Krishan Perera. Krishan was the Station Officer for Air Lanka in London-Heathrow; but he lived in Crawely with his family.
My other friend Sumuk Warnasuriya was also working with Krishan at Air Lanka station office as a Flight Operations Dispatcher on a posting.
Krishan in Action in my Room.
Sumuk & Krishan
Boys are Boys - At Krishan’s Home
I think the guy in sarong was Krishan’s wife’s brother.
I was meeting both Krishan and Sumuk, after a long time, since when I was leaving Air Lanka in 1991, both Krishan and Sumuk had already moved to the UK. So we had lots to catch up over a few drinks at Krishan’s place.
This is a test to see whether posts could be back dated to 19th of January 1991. This was the day I started my career in the world of Airline industry, as a 27 years old young lad. My dad accompanied me in the public transport to Air Lanka offices in Katunayake. After reporting at the Administration office, I was asked to go to another office located in the aircraft hangar. There was a person in a white shirt &amp; a blue trouser, what looked like an uniform as he also wore blue/gold colored Epaulettes with four stripes. Looking at the number of stripes he had, he definitely appeared a guy in high ranks. He shook his hand to introduced him self saying," Hello, I'm Nada'. After a brief chat, he asked me to go the room next door.
That room was fixed with steel shelving and there were all sorts of stuff stored on thos shelves. Shelves were also labeled with various names like, Hollowware,Serving Gear,Crockery,Glass etc. Some of those names, I had never even heard of!