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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  1. Steve says:

    O/T wife and I have received the dreaded MBNA closure letter for Emirates Elite and Basic cards today…we stop earning skywards from 21st July. Time to pre pay utility bills and council tax via Curve and bring forward personal tax payment I think.

    We are being switched over to Visa Horizons. Not sure if this applies to other recently closed MBNA cards but on the basic we will earn a £15 bonus for keeping the card to end of August and with the Elite card, a higher £55 bonus and partial refund of fee.

    • Steve says:

      *Bonus for keeping the new credit card open

    • Memesweeper says:

      Partial fee refund sounds promising for all us Virgin card holders waiting to find out what happens next…

    • Surprised not more talk of this here but perhaps this card was always niche. This was expected but a real blow – the best earning rate of any card I’ve had, 4 miles per £ and excellent value when using miles to upgrade revenue tickets.

  2. Terry says:

    I’m guessing that the Hilton Blackpool will either be rebranded as a Principal Hotel (through owners, Starwood Capital) or a Holiday Inn (being the main franchise used by Kew Green – assuming that their partnership continues).

  3. the real harry1 says:

    Bastille pics? What Bastille pics? That’s pic-click-bait by any other name 🙂

    Or has Adblocker disappeared them?

  4. johnnyhardwick says:

    It was great to meet you Rob and Anika at the Bastille gig.
    Wouldn’t have known about it without HFP. Was an excellent event. Much more fun using points for things like this rather than just more hotel stays/flights.
    I hope we were not too lairy!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

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