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British Airways confirms return of full Club World meal service

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British Airways has confirmed, in communications to staff, that a full Club World meal service will return from 28th October.

It is, shockingly, 2.5 years since BA last served a ‘proper’ meal service in its long-haul business class cabin, so it is good to see it back.

It’s just a shame that most of BA’s competitors returned to full service a year ago ….

British Airways Club World meal

Since the pandemic started, British Airways has veered from ‘snacks’ to DO&CO meal boxes to the current ‘single tray’ set up. This is effectively a Club Europe meal, served in one go, with only the main course being hot.

The driver for this has been low crew numbers, not a desire for cost savings – albeit those were a benefit – with the airline not having enough staff to handle a full meal service in Club World.

From 28th October, the historic service will return. This means:

  • each course served separately
  • hot soup returning as a starter option
  • hot desserts returning as an option
  • regional meal variations returning on specific routes

The ‘express’ option will also return for evening flights, which is effectively a return to the current Club World service. You receive a single tray meal – something which I do appreciate when flying overnight if no lounge dining is available.

Let us have your feedback if you are travelling on or just after 28th October.

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Comments (142)

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  • Numpty says:

    despite the complaints, don’t people think the (BA) food offering on board is better than what’s on offer in a (BA) lounge?

    • NorthernLass says:

      Not sure – my last CW meal was a chicken and leek pie which was like something I’d expect in the pub (I wasn’t in the mood for the curry or veggie options), but in Galleries North a couple of weeks ago I had a pretty decent Thai green curry, salad and coffee with delicious oaty/ginger biscuits afterwards (hopefully they are phasing out the Tesco value biscuit selection!). All washed down with a very nice Antipodean Sauvignon Blanc (can’t remember if it was Aussie or Kiwi but it was good). Well, I didn’t wash the coffee down with wine, but you get my drift.

    • AL says:

      Food is hit and miss on-board and in the lounges. On-board, if it’s Do&Co, it tends to be decent, but if they’re using Gategourmet on the route, then it can be atrocious. In the lounges, I find the food to be about par for the course – this morning’s T5N breakfast “sausage” was dry and cardboard like. I never find their lounge food that decent, so tend to agree given you’ve got a 50%+ chance of Do&Co onboard.

  • John Jenkins says:

    How can I upgrade to club world for my frigh to Vegas , or get a phone number

    • Rob says:

      BA only allows Avios upgrades by one class so you’d a) need a cash ticket in World Traveller Plus / Premium Economy and b) there needs to be an Avios reward seat showing in Club World / business class.

      If you have a cash Economy ticket then you could only upgrade to Premium Economy, should an Avios seat be available.

      A cash upgrade offer may be available via Manage My Booking or at the airport, but unlikely to be at a price you’d want to pay.

  • ThomasB says:

    Is anyone able to tell me if I’ll receive breakfast or lunch on a 10.00am departure in Club World from LHR please? Thank you.

  • KATE MEAGER says:

    Returned (and went) business class to Orlando out on 10/10/2022 return 25/10/2022. Food on both trips awful, in fact so bad I asked what economy had. Only choice on main course which was mostly something you could buy in a chain pub on the £9.99 FOR 2 Lunch meal. Not impressed at all. Plus no lounge in Orlando term C.

  • Ginlover says:

    So can confirm return of full dining having flown to washington yesterday. Think it was causing delays (certainly at Heathrow) as loads of flights were delayed due to ‘waiting for catering facilities’. Cabin crew apologised on board as the food didn’t quite match the menu (not sure why on the first day!) But three choices for starters and mains and then a light meal before landing. Soup was very nice as was the short Rib. We had requested a dairy free meal but this request hadn’t made it and meant my wife couldn’t have 95% of food available!! Staff did their best to find her something. Overall was pleasantly surprised at the quality but do expect some teething problems as they resume the service!

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