Flying with Austrian Airlines? All you need to know about the menu

Jan 29, 2020

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It’s Austria month at TPG U.K.! This Alpine country has so much to offer travellers, from the majestic architecture of Vienna to stunning ski resorts like Kitzbuhel. And it’s very possible to pull off a visit to Austria using miles and points. It just takes a little savvy planning and we’ll show you how. So stay tuned for more content about getting there, staying there and what to do.

Travelling with Austrian Airlines in the near future and curious as to what to expect from the on board offering? From traditional meatloaf to a veal schnitzel and Austrian wines, the airline seems to like to keep things authentic.

Austrian uses DO&CO catering, which prides itself on the research and development that goes into its menus and also takes into account cooking trends — the food is also delivered fresh to the airport every day from Vienna’s 11th district.

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Below is a comprehensive breakdown of the food Austrian Airlines serves — from first class to economy and its lounges — with some handy nutritional tips to help you keep on track if you’re counting the calories.

Read more: Best wellness offerings in Austria

Business class

Austrian Airlines Flying Chef
(Photo courtesy of Austrian Airlines)

Long-haul business-class passengers benefit from the Flying Chef experience. The meal service includes soup and an appetiser from the trolley, a main course,  dessert and a variety of wines and non-alcoholic beverages. There is also another meal close to landing, which is either a snack or breakfast. Below is a sample offering from Vienna to Washington D.C., roughly a 10-hour flight.

First meal

Appetiser: Antipasti choice of smoked salmon and cream cheese, roasted cauliflower, feta cheese and pomegranate salad, prawn and eggs in cocktail sauce, roasted pork with gherkin and fresh horseradish, celeriac salad and parmesan and vegetarian spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce.

Soup: Sweet potato soup with rye bread croutons.

Main course: Viennese deep-fried veal schnitzel, creamy cucumber and potato salad or lemon rosemary chicken breast, pommes gratin and oven-roasted vegetables or homemade truffle and mascarpone cappellacci pasta.

Dessert: Cheese and exotic fruits from the trolley or traditional bittersweet chocolate soufflé with chocolate sauce, marinated berries, vanilla crème fresh and homemade mango parfait.

Nutrition tip: Choose the smoked salmon option with some of the cream cheese, roasted cauliflower and celeriac salad. This is a good protein starter with some omega-3 essential fats to help keep you full and your blood sugar balanced while travelling. For mains, choose the chicken breast option and some cheese and fruit for dessert.

Second meal

Traditional meatloaf with potato rosti, sautéed leaf spinach and a seasonal salad or avocado and tomato salad with cottage cheese, pumpernickel bread and radish. To finish, a decadent white chocolate mousse.

Nutrition tip: The avocado and tomato salad with radish will help keep your skin fresh and hydrated in the air. The pumpernickel bread is a healthy bread choice, as it’s packed with fibre and slow-digesting carbohydrates, which means you won’t suffer from energy dips when you arrive at your destination.

Read more: How to keep your skin glowing when travelling

Premium economy

Premium economy passengers benefit from a three- to four-course menu with a choice of three main dishes. There is also a second service prior to landing similar to the business-class offering. Drinks are complimentary with a choice of Austrian and international wines, beer, spirits, soft drinks and tea and coffee.

Nutrition tip: Skip the bread option as four courses is more than enough to keep you full for your flight and beyond. Try not to add salt to your meal, as our taste buds change in the air so you may feel you need more seasoning.

Economy class

Like most other airlines, Austrian Airlines starts with an aperitif and snack post-takeoff with the choice of two main meal items — normally one meat and one vegetarian — then a breakfast or snack prior to landing.

Nutrition tip: Pack some fresh fruit, a protein bar or other healthy snack if you feel a normal economy meal may not be enough for you.

Read more: What happens to your body when you travel

Coffee

Coffee Austrian Airlines
(Photo courtesy of Austrian Airlines)

Austrian Airlines has a “Flying Coffee House” on board and serves a selection of 10 freshly prepared Viennese coffee specialities for business-class passengers.

Nutrition tip: Whilst Austrian coffee may be delicious, go easy on the brew as it may not help you adjust to your time zone when you land. Particularly avoid coffee if you are a nervous traveller as it can make you more anxious.

Wine

On offer are a selection of Austrian and international wines. Austrian Airlines also has onboard sommeliers, who are part of the crew. They can help you choose the best wine pairing for your meal.

Nutrition tip: Keep hydrated while drinking alcohol in the air. You should aim to drink three litres of water on a long-haul flight.

Children

There are special menu items such as pasta and schnitzel, which can be ordered free of charge in advance for flights longer than three hours and 45 minutes. There are a limited number of standard inflight meals for infants and babies younger than 2 years, which do not need ordering.

Nutrition tip: Keep the sugar low and protein high when it comes to kids’ meals. So in this case, the schnitzel trumps the pasta. Keeping the sugar low and protein high can lead to fewer tantrums mid-air when your child gets hungry.

Short-haul

Passengers have the choice to dine à la carte. There are nine different menu items to choose from for 15 euro. Examples include Viennese schnitzel, tapas and a meze of Japanese delicacies.

Passengers can order à la carte menu items in the my booking section of Austrian Airlines’ website.

Austrian Airlines' coffee menu is a TPG reader favorite!
Austrian Airlines’ coffee menu is a TPG reader favourite! (Photo courtesy of Austrian Airlines)

Lounges

Austrian Airlines has six spacious lounges at Vienna International Airport with modern facilities and an “Austrian atmosphere”. There is a varied selection of food and snacks available all day as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The food selection includes Austrian and international delicacies and, depending on the time of day, a selection of Austrian cakes and desserts.

Nutrition tip: Nuts and olives are a perfect snacking food and available in most lounges. Nuts and olives are the ideal combination of healthy fats and protein, which support energy and feeling full until your first service on the plane. Try your best to avoid the cakes, however good they may be.

Bottom line

Austrian Airlines has a generous offering to give you a fresh taste of Vienna and beyond. If you are travelling short-haul, then it could be worth paying 15 euro for a premium menu item, which can be healthier than the snacks and meals available on board. Keep your health in mind when travelling, so choose dishes that are low in sugar and high in protein to give you energy and ward off hunger in the air.

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