British Airways has unveiled catering changes in all classes it views as an interim solution to promote social distancing onboard. First Class will see the most dramatic cutbacks, though mostly in presentation.
Importantly, all food served will be served in disposable, pre-packaged containers. This includes cutlery and glasses. Meals will be catered by Do&Co.
British Airways First Class Catering – Longhaul
Even first class passengers will not be spared from the boxed meal approach. The first service will include a choice of hot entrees served in an economy class-style plastic container and an appetizer, salad, desserts, and other nibbles.
Prior to landing afternoon tea will be offered…again in a box containing sandwiches, scones, and macarons.
All drink selections will still be available, though champagne and wine will be served in single-serving bottles.
British Airways Business Class (ClubWorld) Catering – Longhaul
Business class passengers will receive a single box with a choice of entree, dessert, crackers, cheese, and a bottle of water. Menu choices will include a salad or sandwich.
Breakfast or afternoon tea service before landing will also be served in a single box.
British Airways Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) + Economy (World Traveler) Catering – Longhaul
Both premium economy and economy class passengers will receive the same meal on longhaul flights. It will include an entree, salad, and dessert. Entree choices may vary and include sandwiches or salads. There will not necessarily be a choice.
Breakfast will include a croissant, pastry, and yogurt.
British Airways Business Class (ClubEurope) Catering – Shorthaul
On short and mid-haul flights, passengers in business class will receive a boxed meal with salad, main course, and dessert.
British Airways Economy Class Catering – Shorthaul
Passengers traveling in economy class will receive a complimentary bottle of water and “snack” (undefined). BA has temporarily suspended its buy-on-board service.
British Airways has only served sandwiches onboard…even in first class…the last couple months, so this is a definite improvement. Still, while Lufthansa is going back to normal in-flight meal service, British Airways is taking a much more cautious…and revenue positive…approach.
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