Qantas will move to serving boxed dinners in September as part of an overhaul of catering for domestic economy flights.
The new menu, developed in conjunction with one of the airline’s suppliers of business class meals, will offer a choice between a hot meal and a “substantial salad” for dinner on short-range and medium-range flights.
This will include all flights on the Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne triangle, with Qantas also promising that serving sizes will be increased by “up to 50 percent”.
Hot meals which will appear on the menu include:
- Beer battered flathead fillets with seasoned wedges and lemon
- Beef ragu with spaghetti and parmesan
- Stir-fried honey chicken with hokkien noodles
Cold dishes will include:
- Thai style chargrilled beef with rice noodle salad
- Lentil quinoa and falafel salad with pomegranate dressing
- Pesto farfalle salad with prosciutto
After dinner, customers will be offered a Lindor Lindt chocolate ball.
Qantas is already serving a boxed breakfast in economy on most domestic services, such as this one snapped by AusBT journalist Chris Chamberlin on a Brisbane-Sydney flight.
The revamped dinner service was trialled earlier this year, with an airline spokesperson telling Australian Business Traveller the tests “garnered really positive feedback from both a food and service perspective.”
Meal trays will be ditched on dinner services and replaced by boxes “to allow for faster meal delivery and clearing”, Qantas says, giving travellers "more space to dine and work with a laptop or tablet."
“By getting the trays out of people’s way, we’re able give our customers more room to work and relax inflight” suggests Helen Gray, Qantas’ Head of Domestic Product and Service.
“It will also speed things up, so crew can spend more time providing a personalised service.”
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