Lufthansa Revamps Buy On Board Menu For Short Haul Economy Class

Following Lufthansa’s launch of its buy on board food and beverage service in March, the airline has revealed its full menu for summer 2021. A partnership with German restaurant firm dean&david will see healthy, sustainable meals made available, with packaging similarly developed to minimize environmental impact.

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Short-haul Lufthansa passengers have a new buy on board meal. Photo: Jake Hardiman – Simple Flying

Nothing free but a chocolate

Not everyone is a fan of Lufthansa’s move to buy on board for short-haul flights. Up until January this year, passengers on Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian could avail of free sandwiches, snacks and drinks on most flights, including alcohol. But from March this year, the Lufthansa Group airlines moved to buy onboard food and beverage only.

At the time, Lufthansa had launched a range of dean&david crafted dishes, with a focus on high quality, healthy food such as salmon avocado bowls and Bircher muesli for breakfast. Now, for the summer season, Lufthansa has revealed a revamp of this menu which it is calling ‘Onboard Delights’.

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The menu is available for cross-border flights of at least 60 minutes. Photo: Lufthansa

As before, the buy on board food is available on all cross-border flights of at least 60 minutes in duration. If you’re not a fan of paying for food onboard, never fear, because all passengers will receive a free small treat – a Lufthansa chocolate. Bottles of water will also be given on routes longer than 60 minutes.

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Onboard Delights

So for those who want a bit more than a bottle of water and a choccy, what’s new in the Onboard Delights menu? Well, the salmon avocado bowl doesn’t seem to have made the cut, but there are still some tasty-looking salads on offer. These include falafel tahini and crunchy chicken, and the Bircher muesli has stayed too. The salads are €10 ($12), while the muesli bowl is €5 ($6).

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The muesli bowl is staying. Photo: Lufthansa

Sandwiches start at €5.50 ($6.50), and for an extra €1.50 you can add a soft drink to the order. A fruit snack includes a banana, a dean&david gingershot and an organic nut bar for €6 ($7). The ‘best of dean&david’ meal box is probably the closest thing to a complete meal, and comes with muesli, the crunchy chicken salad bowl and a tomato and mozzarella sandwich, all for €12 ($14.50).

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Crunchy chicken appears to be the new salmon avocado. Photo: Lufthansa

Energy-boosting snacks include hazelnuts coated in cocoa powder or cashew nut pots, costing €5.50 ($7), or nut bars for €3.50 ($4). Not all junk food has been banished from the plane though, with the menu still offering Twix, kettle chips and the inimitable Haribo Goldbears. There’s also a tasty-looking apple crumble for €4 ($5), or €6 with an accompanying hot drink. Soft and alcoholic drinks range from €3 ($3.50) for apple juice up to €15 ($18) for a miniature Moet.

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Apple crumble anyone? Photo: Lufthansa

As was expected, all the Lufthansa Onboard Delights have a strong focus on sustainability. Everything is packaged in PaperWise material, which is made out of residual agricultural waste, using things like sugar cane, grains and rice rather than trees. Bottles are either PET or glass to ensure recycling compliance, and the dean&david meals have a focus on fresh, healthy and sustainable ingredients.

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The airline is also partnering with Dallmayr for coffee and chocolate. Photo: Lufthansa

The move to buy onboard

The trend to stop serving free meals on short flights is gradually filtering out to almost all the legacy carriers. British Airways has been offering buy onboard only for some years now, and Lufthansa’s subsidiaries Brussels Airlines and Eurowings have too. It’s a natural progression as airlines look to save money, but has led some to brand them as no better than a low-cost carrier.

Nevertheless, Lufthansa believes that its buy onboard offering will be a crowd-pleasing move. It says that its free snack offering was no longer up to customer expectations and that the buy onboard selection will be vastly superior.

Will you miss your free snack on Lufthansa? Let us know in the comments.