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British Airways improves Club Europe business class food …. but only to Madrid

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If you are flying in British Airways Club Europe to Madrid at any time soon, you will be pleasantly surprised by the food.

For the last few weeks, Madrid has been treated as a ‘long’ flight instead of a ‘medium’ one.  This means that you get a four course meal – small starter, a main, cheese and biscuits and a dessert.

This is apparently a trial for the next round of Club Europe food changes, after the bodged changes last year which saw catering on some key routes downgraded to fund improvements elsewhere.  It seems that we may see all ‘medium’ flights moving to the four course model.

According to cabin crew reports on Flyertalk, the Madrid route may have been chosen for the trial because of all the IAG executives shuttling between the two cities and who were fed up with the current meals.

That is unlikely although it seems odd that BA would trial improvements on a route where IAG faces absolutely no competition for Business Class passengers …..

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Comments (73)

  • Nicola Merchant says:

    We had the same Club Europe meal as described in this article on a recent trip to and from Olbia. Admittedly, it was a bit chaotic on the outbound flight with a long delay – we wondered if there had been an issue with heating it – but the food was actually really good. Hopefully they’ll keep this going.

  • SMeow says:

    I have a booking (pre-paid) in the Hilton Blackpool for November, does anyone know if this will be honoured by the company that takes over?

  • Mickael says:

    I flew recently to Madrid from London (outbound BA, inbound Iberia) and the difference between both flights was huge. With Iberia got a flat bed seat (not that I really needed it but still way more comfortable that the bizz seats on BA 767 planes), very good food and excellent service.
    My guess by choosing Madrid as a trial is also to reduce the difference of quality between both sister companies on the same route.