Welcoming Continental to Star Alliance
Continental Airlines is no stranger to providing quality tours to the FlyerTalk crowd, and the Star MegaDo was no exception. By the time we got to Newark our crowd was about 100 strong. There were three different tours offered, ranging from the maintenance hangar (a 757-300 was having an engine swapped out) to the Operations tower to the catering facility at Chelsea Kitchens.
I got to go on the Chelsea Kitchens tour (a good thing, since I’ve done the other two already) and it was truly amazing. The operations is as much large-scale manufacturing – thousands of pounds of ice every day and millions of dollars of inventory moving through monthly – as it is a kitchen, but that isn’t to say that they don’t run it as a real kitchen. The operations run 24/7 every day, cooking, baking and packaging up meals for hundreds of flights per day.
Leon is one of the shift managers in the kitchens and he was kind enough to walk us through the operation, showing us everything from packaging of ice cream sundaes to the baking of thousands of fresh breakfast muffins daily. And, in case you’re curious, they do bake the rolls for the turkey puck in house every day.
Then it was off to JFK for some partying in the lounge and the not-so-long flight over to Frankfurt.