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Goodbye banana bread – British Airways introduces new snacks on Euro Traveller flights

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Well, that didn’t last long. No sooner had British Airways introduced banana bread and flapjack snacks in Euro Traveller (short haul economy) than they have disappeared.

This is a shame, as I’m sure some people were collecting them in order to stick them together and make a whole one 🙂

If you missed our (potentially) award winning review of the Euro Traveller flapjack and banana bread, it’s here.

What are the new Euro Traveller snacks?

This is what you will now get, assuming the new stock has filtered through to all flights.

Breakfast:

  • Raspberry & Sultana Bite, or
  • McVitie’s Digestive (not sure how many!)

Rest of the day (Bands 0-2):

  • Fox’s Rocky Bar, or
  • Graze Smokey Barbeque Crunch

Rest of the day (Band 3):

  • Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookie, or
  • Jacobs Crinklys

Rest of the day (Band 4):

  • A ‘help yourself’ box of six different sweet and savoury snacks will be passed down the cabin

Early feedback is that crew seem quite relaxed on Band 4 flights if you help yourself to a couple of items, but I’m sure a clampdown will be ordered soon! On the downside, apparently the Smokey Barbeque Crunch is very smelly and the cabin is not a pleasant place afterwards ….

This is arguably a minor improvement on the flapjack / banana bread – you now get a sweet or savoury option – and, before that, the mini pack of pretzels.

Hat-tip to blurt91 on Flyertalk from whom I stole the joke in the 2nd paragraph!


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Comments (99)

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  • StanTheMan says:

    The “help yourself” box was carried through the cabin last week from Dubai to pick from as you wanted – was quite pleasant to have a choice of sweet or savory snacks. The crew didnt suggest how many we could/couldn’t take though…..

    We bought Pret sandwiches at DXB to keep us going for the 8 hours. Never ceases to amaze me how people will say yes to the drab, vile food being offered to them. My god that pizza as a snack……

    • kevin says:

      Some people will take anything that’s “free”, even if they don’t really want it. Others will take as they view it as included in the price, which of course it is. This might be the cohort who are complaining that many hotels have stopped supplying mini toiletries and put a communal bottle of body wash in the showers – although hotels expect usage of this to reduce significantly this year as the liquids in hand baggage rules are relaxed.

      My wife is excited that Jo Malone can come with us now! Whoever that is.

      • StanTheMan says:

        haha fair point

      • NorthernLass says:

        As long as Jo can also return home with you and doesn’t have to be abandoned at security 😨

        • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

          This is what a lot of people are forgetting. Your bottles of unguents, lotions and potions may pass security leaving the UK but if they don’t have the same scanners and rules re amounts on your return then they’ll be staying abroad!

      • meta says:

        It also never ceases to amaze me that full-sized bottles are considered environmentally friendly even though they are made of plastic and once used a few times they’ll need to be replaced because they’ll be broken after a while (let alone people taking these bottles with them!). I’ve seen housekeeping room with bin bag full of them. It’s just optics really for most chains.

        There are hotels though that take the environmental issue more seriously and have the opted for ceramic/glass ones.

        • Ian says:

          You make good points but glass bottles in a bathroom? Potentially very dangerous if you break one then step on the pieces.

          • meta says:

            Same as ceremic ones too (some Six Senses properties come to mind). For glass ones, I’ve seen Dyptique ones. If they are attached properly and hotel is well-mantained it shouldn’t be a problem.

        • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

          That “bin bag” could be awaiting collection for proper recycling / returning to the manufacturer or just an easy storage place for empty bottles awaiting refilling when the house keepers get time.

          It’s quicker when servicing a room to just remove the empty bottle from the secure holder and swap it for a full bottle than to try and refill it there and then in each room.

          • meta says:

            Sure, but it’s still single-plastic waste!

          • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

            No it’s not.

            They refill those bottles in the ‘bin bag’ and swap them out the next time one needs refilling.

            Your only seeing one part of the process and making assumptions thst don’t necessarily apply.

      • simonbarker says:

        I always eat the meal on a plane, not because it’s included in the cost so I must have it but because (to me) it tastes fine and, most importantly, it’s something to do … reading or watching keeps me going for a bit but eventually I need some kind of physical activity to keep my ADHD like tendencies in check and eating a meal is just about the best option on a plane.

  • Voldemort says:

    They also have strawberry flavour Bear YoYo dried fruit things.

  • Apor says:

    Finally! The critically important piece of journalism we’ve all been waiting for! #slownewsday

    • Rob says:

      That’s why I run a chunky media business and you don’t 🙂 This will be the most-read article of the week.

      • Alex Sm says:

        and thanks a lot for doing this and supporting Rhys in writing these pieces rather than ephemerous articles of the deals which expire before the article is out!

  • Alex G says:

    I think there is a lot of interest in what may seem trivial because many of us remember and mourn the days when BA was “The World’s Favourite Airline” and flying with them, even in short haul economy class, was quite an enjoyable experience.

    BA still prices itself as a premium product but for short haul economy is now no better than EasyJet. IMO, short haul Club is no better than EJ either. Short haul flying with any European airline is pretty unpleasant these days (unless you can arrange to be on a long haul plane), and I actively avoid flying to Europe now.

  • Lady London says:

    I think maybe like newspapers used to be in the lounges, maybe BA are getting these snacks as good as free of charge from the manufacturers. Couid be a free brand exposure sell by BA.

    Who knows, perhaps BA’s next move may be to charge snack manufacturers a product placement fee to have their snacks on the aircraft, as well?

    The nutritional value of these snacks is insultingly low. At least the banana bread had pretensions even if it was very, very small.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Whispering Angel are according to @Rob paying BA a tidy sum to have those bars in the lounges.

      If there are any pop up stands offering goods in lounges then BA are also getting paid for that as well.

      Whatever some people think BA is actually quite an astute commercial organisation when it comes to this sort of stuff.

      • Lady London says:

        Year I remember they had a Samsung popup in the cheap BA lounge in T5 when Samsung did a major launch

        So BA might not even be paying the manufacturers for these snacks at all

      • Rob says:

        Remember that even the magazines in airport lounges pay to be there. I would question whether anything you think is paid for in an airport lounge was actually paid for, and indeed whether money actually went the other way.

  • Martin S says:

    These snacks tend to be very dry which makes you want to buy more drinks!

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