British Airways unveils its new coronavirus catering – it’s an improvement on the plastic bags
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What food and drink is British Airways serving during coronavirus?
Just a day after we complained about the state of British Airways onboard catering, British Airways has unveiled its new interim catering solution.
This is the food you will be seeing on long-haul and short-haul flights from 16th June. There is still a distinct lack of hot food – unlike Emirates, Qatar, Etihad etc – but this is a definite improvement on the ‘cheese sandwich and a Kit Kat in a plastic bag’ meals which have been served to date.
Everything now comes in these fancy boxes (click on any image to enlarge):
Here is a main meal box for BA First Class. First Class is the only part of the aircraft where there will be hot main courses.
…. and here is a typical Afternoon Tea box:
Here is a typical Club World meal. Club World will not be getting hot main courses at this point although hot paninis and wraps will be available as snack or second meal options. It is unclear if there will be any choice of meal, apart from a vegetarian option, or whether special orders will be allowed:
…. and here is a breakfast:
World Traveller and World Traveller Plus:
Here are typical World Traveller Plus and World Traveller meals. Both cabins will receive the same boxes:
Moving onto short haul, this is typical of what Club Europe passengers will be receiving:
Euro Traveller will be retaining the free water and a small bag of crisps / popcorn / pretzels that is available at the moment.
Buy-on-board is not returning for the short term.
There will be two meal options offered – vegetarian and non-vegetarian. I’m waiting for BA to confirm whether other special meals can be pre-ordered.
Alcohol will be returning, except in Euro Traveller.
This is NOT a long term replacement for British Airways catering. The airline is keeping it under constant review, with its hands partly tied by UK Government guidance. You should expect to see the boxes above for at least four months, I believe.
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