BA enhances temporary in-flight catering, brings back free snacks in short-haul economy

Jun 11, 2020

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On Thursday, British Airways unveiled a slightly enhanced meal service offering for some flights. As of 16 June, the airline will introduce some notable changes to its temporary onboard food offering during the coronavirus outbreak and its immediate aftermath.

Meals in all cabins will be presented in Do&Co boxes, a big improvement from the plastic bag of snacks that is currently being served.

Long-haul passengers in each cabin can expect two meal services, each comprising of at least three components: a main, a salad or snack and a dessert. A selection of alcoholic drinks is also being reintroduced.

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In First, passengers will be presented with a meal that is slightly more akin to how it was pre-COVID. The meals will comprise various elements including starter, choice of main, salad and a selection of desserts.

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The new First meal service (Image courtesy BA)

First-class passengers will also see the return of afternoon tea.

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Afternoon tea box (Image courtesy BA)

In Club World (business class), meals will also return to something more similar to how they were before, including a more substantial breakfast on overnight flights.

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BA Club World breakfast box (Image courtesy BA)

World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) will receive the same, small snack box. An example main meal box includes a savoury pastry, a small plastic pot of salad and a chocolate mousse as well as a small bottle of water.

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World Traveller Plus and World Traveller meal service (Image courtesy BA)

On short-haul flights, Club Europe passengers will receive a pre-prepared meal, such as a salad or sandwich with a selection of beverages.

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The new Club Europe meal box (Image courtesy BA)

After removing all free food and drink offerings on short-haul flights and replacing it with a Marks & Spencer buy on board menu, which the airline suspended at the start of the coronavirus outbreak, the airline will now be reinstating a complimentary snack service with a bottle of water in its short-haul economy cabin.

“Like all airlines, we had to make temporary adjustments to our onboard catering while we worked on a new solution with our catering suppliers that follows guidance from regulators, minimising interactions between our customers and crew”, a spokesperson for British Airways told TPG U.K. “As we navigate our way through these unprecedented times, we will continue to take advice from relevant authorities and incorporate this into the development of our onboard experience”.

The news comes the same day that the airline announced that it will be extending Executive Club elite status by 12 months and reducing thresholds for all.

Featured image courtesy of BA.

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