British Airways serves a feast for World Travellers

2018-01-16 15:28 - Kavitha Pillay
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British Airways' new World Traveller catering. (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town - Serving an expanded new catering menu for its World Travellers on long-haul economy flights, British Airways now provides more quantity and quality with on-board meals and snacks.

To indulge its passengers, BA’s options now include the following meals and treats for a variety of tastes:

  • Pretzels with a welcome drink.
  • Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water.
  • Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight.
  • Regional meal options served according to destination.
  • Magnum ice-creams.
  • Tuck box with chocolates and crisps.
  • Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights.
  • Graze movie-snack box on longer flights.
  • Complimentary drinks from the bar.

“Previously customers travelling in the cabin were served a complimentary snack, a three-course-meal or a light meal, depending on the time and length of their flight, as well as a complimentary bar service of hot and cold drinks,” says the airline, adding that the new catering will begin on 17 January with menus that will change every six months.

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Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, says that food and beverages make a difference to a passenger’s long-haul flight, and therefore the airline is “introducing more quantity and quality to the catering, delivering tasty meals and great snacking options throughout the flight”.

“Our new four-course main meal has been developed by our team of chefs to be full of flavour at 35 000 feet and we’ve created regional options depending on the route. The second meal option is either a tasty sandwich or a more substantial pizza wrap, both served with additional snacks, depending on the length of the flight.”

“Our customers have also told us they want to be able to save some items for later in the flight, so we’ve replaced the water cup with a bottle of Highland Spring on the first meal, and added Graze snack boxes on our longest flights. We’re also offering Magnum ice-creams on daylight flights from London and a Tuck Box on inbound and overnight flights.”

What’s on the menu?

Customers will be welcomed with pretzels and a drink.

Four-course meals include a starter of couscous salad, followed by a main course of chicken casserole with an ale sauce, colcannon mash and seasonal vegetables, or a vegetarian tomato, farfalle and vegetable dish.

Dessert will be a Pots & Co salted caramel and chocolate mousse, followed by biscuits and cheese. The meal will be accompanied by a bread roll and a bottle of Highland Spring water.

On the shorter daylight long-haul flights to destinations such as New York and Dubai, fliers will also receive a sandwich such as egg and cress with a chocolate or Nutri-Grain bar.

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Those on longer daylight flights to destinations such as Cape Town and Hong Kong will receive a hot meal, such as a pizza wrap or a regional option, with a pot of pasta, a chocolate brownie and a drink as well as a smokehouse BBQ crunch Graze movie-snack box. A hot English breakfast will also be served on these longer flights that operate overnight.

Customers on daylight flights from London will be offered a range of Magnum ice-creams, while those on night flights will be offered a tuck-box with options such as Dairy Milk Buttons, Twix, Kit-Kats and Mini Cheddars, which will also be available in the galley for them to help themselves to.

Regional meals

The airline is also serving regional main meal options around its network, such as chicken in spicy cheng du sauce on flights to and from to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, kathrikai milagu seeragam and channa dal on flights to and from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai and acchari veg and dal palak on flights to and from Bangalore and Delhi.

On flights to the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia,) customers can enjoy chicken in spicy Arabic sauce.

Regional breakfasts will also be served including Chicken Congee for Far Eastern routes and an Indian option featuring: Idli Shanna, Sambhar, upma and dosa.

Special dietary requirements and treats

Meal options for customers with special dietary requirements will be available to book on Bookings must be made more than 24 hours ahead of a departing flight.

“Travellers looking for a special treat can also pre-order meals on flights from Heathrow up to 24-hours before their flight. Options include a Gourmet Dining meal for £18, Taste of Britain and Taste of the Far East for £16 and a Great British Breakfast, a Healthy Choice meal or a Vegetarian Kitchen option all for £15,” adds the airline, which will start services to six new routes around the world this year.

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