British Airways are investing in the business class offering and first cab off the rank is the Club Europe catering. Club Europe is the European business class product and the new meals commence on Sunday 26 March 2017.
As the most important part of the on board service, this news is hotly awaited. Catering has been grouped into three groups with the service depending on the flight length.
Breakfast and Brunch
The beloved Full English breakfast will still feature and the alternative will be a charcuterie selection. It will be interesting to see if the meals themselves are changed in any way from before.
Brunch will offer continental cold meats and cheese – which is the current option – or a hot sandwich. Hopefully the hot sandwich will be something delicious and contemporary!
Hot Meals for Lunch and Dinner
Previously, meals on shorter routes consisted of a cold salad for lunch and dinner. These will be replaced by hot meals on all European routes which will be a very welcome change.
On short and medium routes this will be a salad or a hot sandwich and on the longer routes a proper meal. At the moment many of these routes don’t offer any choice, so this should be nice.
Some of the newly classed medium routes are losing the full meal they would have had under the previous system, so it will be interesting to see what those customers think of the change. On the flipside, many more routes are classed as the longest now meaning a genuinely better experience for passengers.
Medium and long flights will have wine and Champagne served from full sized bottles rather than piccolos as is currently the case. This should give a much higher quality feel to proceedings than before.
My beloved afternoon tea scones are no more! Instead there will be sandwiches or a Ploughman’s salad, accompanied by afternoon tea cake and tea.
Despite the fact the scones are gone, I will be interested to give the new offerings a try. A change is as good as a holiday as the saying goes. I will still weep privately though!
All crockery will now be the same as that used in Club World. These are all white and are all very nice, plus it makes sense to harmonise the product across all services.
The changes come into play on Sunday and as luck would have it I have two flights in Club Europe that day. Make sure you check back as I will post on Sunday with all the goss about the new meals. With thanks to Prospero and this thread on FlyerTalk for the heads up and the updated British Airways meals page.
What do you think of these changes? Feel free to leave any comments or questions or below. Thanks for reading!
Featured image via British Airways.