Upgraded inflight meals now being served on British Airways flights from Gatwick

Dec 12, 2019

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On Wednesday British Airways announced that new and improved inflight meals will be served on all flights from London Gatwick (LGW). The multi-million pound catering upgrade comes as part as of a £6.5bn investment aimed improving customer experience.

The sourcing of the ingredients for the new menus was an important focus for the airline which has worked closely with its catering provider, Newrest, to secure the best of the produce that the South of England has to offer.

The revamped meals are rolled out on both short and long-haul flights. You can expect to see improvements across the board if you’re flying long haul from Gatwick to destinations like Las Vegas (LAS), Orlando (MCO), Mauritius (MRU) and the Caribbean. Whether you’re sitting in World Traveller (economy), World Traveller Plus (premium economy), Club World (business class) or First (first class) then you should be in for a tasty treat.

Short-haul routes will see improvements to the Club Europe (business class) cabins but there have been no changes made to the Marks and Spencers menus that are currently available.

In a statement British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience said: “This is the latest development in continuously improving our catering. We’re incredibly proud of this new offering, and we hope our customers enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed developing it.”.

Passengers can expect slight variations to the menu depending on the route and cabin. Here is a some examples of what might be on your plate:

Club Europe (short-haul)

A colourful spinach and ricotta ravioli with cherry tomato sauce, bocconcini mozzarella and basil pesto.

LONDON, UK: New food that will feature on British Airways flights from London Gatwick, photographed on 10 December 2019 (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

Starter, main, dessert and cheese will continue to be served all at once on the same tray. 

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

World Traveller (long-haul)

The improved selection of starter, main, dessert, cheese and Graze snack will be served altogether on the same tray.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

World Traveller Plus

The meals are to be considerably better in World Traveller Plus (premium economy). While each course will continue to be served on the same tray, passengers will receive their meals on proper crockery with metal cutlery.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

Club World

A brand new starter of roasted heirloom winter squash with goat’s curd and caramelised pear, topped off with a honey and Tewkesbury mustard dressing.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

This pan-fried parmesan polenta served with wild mushroom ragoût, wilted greens and savoury walnut granola looks absolutely delicious.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

The new fish options is a fillet of cod on a bed of butter beans in saffron and crispy chorizo with smoked paprika.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

Afternoon tea will be served with scones, fruit and mini sandwich and a selection of cakes.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

The selection may differ slightly depending on your route.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

First Class

First class passengers will continue to be served each course individually.

This is the new Indian-style roasted monkfish with tadka dal served with pickled carrots topped with a curry leaf and mustard coconut sauce.

LONDON, UK: New food that will feature on British Airways flights from London Gatwick, photographed on 10 December 2019 (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

It wouldn’t be first class without a steak, would it? This is an Onley Oak ribeye steak with vine cherry tomatoes, baby watercress and beef jus.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

Passengers can expect this chocolate heaven as one of the new dessert options.

LONDON, UK: New food that will feature on British Airways flights from London Gatwick, photographed on 10 December 2019 (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

As well as hearty selection of cheeses to finish.

Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways
Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways

As well as the investment in catering, the airline’s £6.5bn investment planned over five years includes new aircraft, updated and refreshed cabins and new soft products.

We have already seen the rollout of brand new Airbus A350 which features a vast improvement in the airline’s business class product – the Club Suite.

The airline has also started refurbishing some of the older Boeing 777 aircraft with the same Club Suite featured on the new A350s as well as an updated World Traveller Plus.

It has also recently been announced that the airline will shortly be taking delivery of its first ever Boeing 787-10 variant of the Dreamliner.

Other planned improvements include redesigned lounges, new bedding and amenity kits and the best quality WiFi onboard every aircraft as well as power at every seat.

Featured image by Nick Morrish/British Airways 

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