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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):

British Airways business class Club World coronavirus food catering

First Class

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.

British Airways First Class coronavirus food catering

…. and here is a typical Afternoon Tea box:

British Airways First Class coronavirus food catering

Club World:

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:

British Airways business class Club World coronavirus food catering

…. and here is a breakfast:

British Airways business class Club World coronavirus food catering

World Traveller and World Traveller Plus:

Here are typical World Traveller Plus and World Traveller meals.  Both cabins will receive the same boxes:

British Airways economy World Traveller coronavirus food catering


British Airways economy World Traveller coronavirus food catering

Club Europe:

Moving onto short haul, this is typical of what Club Europe passengers will be receiving:

British Airways Club Europe business class coronavirus food catering

Euro Traveller:

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.

Special meals:

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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Comments (106)

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  • Graeme2 says:

    Looks like a big improvement, although I’m not sure the “handmade” label will be very reassuring for some in the current situation!

  • Sarah says:

    It’s an improvement, but still a pretty poor offering compared to many other airlines, particularly the lack of hot food in CW.

  • David says:

    Are you sure alcohol is back in Club Europe on Short Haul? I had read elsewhere it was only back on long haul. Can you confirm?


    • Rob says:

      Unless my mind has got confused I was told on the phone yesterday it was back. I was walking down the road juggling a cup of coffee and my phone at the time though ….

    • Simon Spanswick says:

      Post number five of the Flyertalk thread on resumption of catering confirms that alcohol will return from next week in CE and CW (and presumably First). The information comes from Corporate Wage Slave who knows just about everything that goes on in BA (possibly even more than Raffles…!).

  • Optimus Prime says:

    They’re on fire today. Rob, what did you threaten them with? 😛

  • Andrew says:

    I don’t understand why this is the best they can offer when fellow U.K.-based airline Virgin Atlantic is offering a full catering service in Upper Class albeit on a tray rather than laid up table (although BA always do this in CW anyway) – no hot food in CW is ridiculous as is no alcohol in ET – pure cost saving measures.

    • Doug M says:

      Why do you care, you’re not flying BA any more right?

      • Andrew says:

        When did I say that?

        • Doug M says:

          Apologies if I’m wrong. I thought you were very anti-BA in previous threads and advocating other airlines.

          • Andrew says:

            ‘Andrew’ is a bit more of a common handle than ‘Doug M’

          • Doug M says:

            Isn’t reason to add something that makes it unique?
            I still hope for the forum style posts here soon, rather than just comments which are too random.

    • Opus says:

      I hope VS will be there in 3 months to serve hot food.

    • ChrisC says:

      Since there is no BoB in ET then no booze either as it’s part of BoB

      Surely free water and crisps is better than BoB?

  • David Cohen says:

    Whilst yes it’s an improvement, the only way it couldn’t improve is if they offered nothing.

    If this is going to be the catering for the next four months, it’s a joke and I shall travel with the competition. Even American can offer near normal catering.

  • N says:

    What does “Enjoy your menu!” even mean

    • AJA says:

      Too much to expect the menu itself to be edible? 😉

    • James says:

      That’s the biggest disgrace – an abomination!

    • planeconcorde says:

      I was thinking the same. That’s a very strange phrase to use if the only choice is between vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Unless there is an menu and it is edible! 🙂

      “Enjoy your meal” would be a more understandable phrase to use.

    • Jon says:

      I was about to say the same. Odd turn of phrase. Perhaps they’re implicitly acknowledging that this isn’t sufficient to qualify as a meal? 😉

  • AJA says:

    Oh well Let’s see if I get to experience the Club Europe fare in September to Tenerife. Two bits of good news in one day is a bit much but nonetheless very welcome.

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