Did he really remember my name or had some computer system flagged me up as a regular on that route and prompted him with my name and seat number? It's possible, maybe even probable. But even if it's true, it didn't feel like that. It felt like he was just a genuinely nice guy who wanted to make sure I was happy with the service I got.
If I thought I could bottle that level of customer care and service, I'd be a wealthy man - it blew me away.
It was only a week earlier that I'd received a survey from British Airways, asking me if I felt recognized on flights as a regular traveler. So it is obviously something they think is important and are working on. Well, with this particular cabin steward, at least, that strategy is working. I only wish I'd be sent that customer survey a week later. (If anyone from British Airways is reading this, DM me @chriscfox or contact me via my website, and I'll be happy to share his name with you - if you have an employee of the month wall, this gentleman deserves to be plastered all over it!)
It strikes me that many years ago every customer services experience might have felt that way. Customers dealt with local merchants and traders they knew and who knew them. They passed pleasantries and the small talk of the day. Today we deal with impersonal shop assistants and call centre operators and have lost that personal touch. Well done British Airways from bringing a little of that back into the world.