British Airways has today revealed a new onboard catering offering in response to the current global pandemic. The typical product will be temporarily swapped out with pre-packaged food, reducing the contact involved in serving the meals.
Around the world, airlines have been implementing changes to make flying as safe as possible. We’ve seen Qatar Airways introduce full-body PPE for cabin crew. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has made almost 100 health-related onboard changes. Now British Airways is altering its onboard service in reaction to the current situation.
The main changes
All food served will now be served in pre-packaged, disposable containers. Additionally, all cutlery will be plastic and pre-packaged. This ensures that contact points and the chance for virus transmission are reduced as much as possible.
British Airways will still offer snacks between meals on long-haul flights, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will still be available to accompany meals. All passengers will get a bottle of water as part of the service, regardless of the class of travel or length of the flight. There is currently no date for when the regular service will resume, as this will depend on how the situation develops.
The most significant changes to the current lineup will be seen by the passengers traveling in First, the airline’s top level cabin. First passengers will be used to having luxury food made to order. However, pre-prepared meal boxes will now be served in all of the cabins.
Of course, the quality and quantity of food will vary between the cabins. The airline’s popular afternoon tea will still be served to passengers in the First cabin upon request, albeit in a box, with macaroons, scones, and of course, a sandwich selection.
Alongside the afternoon tea in First, British Airways will be serving main meals in boxes too. The meal will be the most diverse of all the cabins. However, it is a big step down from the usual First offering.
Club World (business class):
Those in the Club World cabin, British Airways’ business class, will get a slightly downgraded menu that fits in one box. Again, they will get plastic cutlery and disposable food containers.
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World Traveler Plus (premium economy):
While passengers in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) are used to a slightly better meal service than in World Traveller (economy), this will not be the case for the time being. Both cabins will share the same menu while the temporary catering is in use.
This menu will see a salad, hot entrée or sandwich paired with a small desert, and a bottle of water.
World Traveler (economy class):
The World Traveller breakfast will likely include a croissant, a yogurt, and a snack.
British Airways is well known for having a buy onboard service for Euro Traveller passengers. We’ve sampled this menu multiple times. Essentially, passengers have to pay for food or bring their own. It wouldn’t be a surprise if British Airways scrapped its service altogether on short-haul flights. However, this isn’t the case.
Club Europe (business class):
Those in Club Europe (short-haul business class) will still get a pre-prepared meal, again in a box. This will be served with a selection of drinks.
Euro Traveler (economy class):
Every passenger in the economy cabin on shorter flights will be given a bottle of water and a snack. These will be complimentary, a slight improvement on the current offering.
What do you make of British Airways’ temporary meal changes? Would you be happy with the service on offer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.