Qantas serves up bigger in-flight meals

One of the new menu items: poached barramundi with noodles
One of the new menu items: poached barramundi with noodles

Qantas has revamped its in-flight catering for international economy class passengers, with more meal choices and larger portions.

The new menus have been developed over the last 12 months, following research that included consultations with passengers. The result is a new range of menu items, including healthy options, plus 50% larger servings and a faster service.

“We have worked closely with Australia’s leading producers and suppliers to deliver what we believe to be the best in-flight economy dining experience offered by any international carrier,” said Qantas group CEO, Alan Joyce. “The new menu offers more generous meals and an increase from two to four meal options.

“We have extended our ‘Select on Q Eat’ service to economy passengers enabling them to pre-order their meal online with access to an exclusive dish as the fourth dish.

“Together with new serving plates, which remove the need for trays, our crew will be able to serve and clear meals up to 30 minutes faster giving them more time to interact and assist passengers,” he added.

Some of the new dishes include barbecue beef with roasted sweet potato, broccoli and corn; honey roasted chicken farro salad and seasonal vegetables with pumpkin and sesame seeds; and pulled beef sliders with capsicum and tomato relish.

Breakfast menus will include scrambled eggs with chicken sausage, tomato, hash brown and baked beans; and traditional Greek yoghurt with granola, while Weis ice-cream bars, Maltesers and fresh fruit will be among the self-service “grazing” options.

The new meal service will be introduced on the Melbourne-Dubai-London and Sydney-Dubai-London routes later this month, as well as on trans-Tasman services to New Zealand. It will then be expanded to trans-Pacific and Asian routes between December 2015 and March 2015.

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