Qantas is upgrading its business class breakfast on overnight flights from Asia, although the changes are less about adding a raft of new dishes and more about how breakfast is served, in order to maximise rest for red-eye travellers.
Here's a rundown of the Qantas' revised and revamped business class breakfast proposition, which is now offered on overnight flights from Hong Kong, Jakarta and Denpasar to Sydney and which the airline says will be rolled out to other overnight services from Asia to Australia "over the coming months."
Menu cards are back
Upon boarding their overnight Qantas flight from Asia to Australia, business class passengers will once again be given a breakfast menu card to fill out.
This is along the same lines as the cards issued for longer-distance international flights – the current breakfast card for the Hong Kong-Sydney QF118 is included in the sidebar.
The full breakfast is admittedly not as exhaustive as some passengers may wish for – it's basically the original 'cafe breakfast' with a more substantial item such as a bacon and egg brioche – and is served around 90 minutes before landing.
The express option covers just one breakfast item and one drink, and is served 60 minutes before landing.
No more trolley meal service
Those breakfasts will now be served directly from the galley to each passenger rather than from a cart.
This is intended to not only reduce noise but also means the cabin lights don't all need to be turned on, so that there's less likelyhood of waking passengers who would prefer to skip breakfast and maximise their sleep (or just choose the lighter express breakfast option).
Meals on overnight flights from Asia to Australia have generally posted a challenge for Qantas, especially on relatively short trips to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from Singapore (around seven hours) and Hong Kong (nine hours).
The airline has long encouraged passengers to take their dinner in the airport lounge rather than on the flight, so that they can go to sleep as soon as possible.
However, breakfast is either something to be skipped in the name of maximum snooze time, or partaken at the expense of 1-2 hours' kip.
What's your current take on Qantas' business class breakfast on overnight flights from Asia to Australia, and how could it be improved?