Qantas serves up a slice of Texas on Dallas A380 flights

By David Flynn, September 29 2014
Qantas serves up a slice of Texas on Dallas A380 flights

Travellers on Qantas' new Airbus A380 flights from Sydney to Dallas will have the option of 'themed' inflight meals through to October 5.

The special "Texas-inspired menu" kicks off in first class with a 28-day Nolan dry aged cowboy rib eye served with Neil Perry's gourmet mac & cheese, wedge salad and a choice of mustard.

In business there are chipotle pork tortillas with sour cream and roasted corn and tomato salsa.

If you're perched in premium economy you can sample Texas hot dogs with chilli black beans and chipotle mayo.

Pulled beef sliders are being served up in economy through to March 2015, along with Jolly Ranchers sweets and US 'pop' including Dr Pepper, Root Beer and Cream Soda.

Qantas' A380 is also dressed up for the occasion, with the Flying Kangaroo sporting a Stetson hat and a 'neckerchief' with American-stars print, as seen on this sneaky spy shot.

It’s touted as “the world’s largest passenger aircraft flying the world’s longest route” – a nod to both the size of the double-decker superjumbo and the 13,804km stretch from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth airport.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

therealqueen Banned
therealqueen Banned

19 May 2014

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Wow cant wait to dine on fatty carb laden first class cuisine. 

This is appalling meals for first, nothing classy at all.

I will wait for emirates to start flying dubai to dallas and enjoy the sublime service and cuisine. 

Qantas - QFF Platinum

20 Mar 2012

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And the additional 14 hours flying will be entirley worth it.

12 Jun 2013

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Not classy: a steak

Classy: a steak eaten whilst wearing a monocle!

Problem easily solved!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Dec 2010

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Emirates already flies to you could spend 12 hours on EK to Dubai, then 16 hours to DFW. Not sure 28 hours on any plane would be considered "sublime" no matter what food is being served...! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Or, as hutch points out below, you can just eat the normal Bland Week-Aged Pie with Wilted Salad Greens and Unfamiliar Dressing.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jul 2012

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I have just come back on one of the last 747 flights in business class and the food going over was just yum. Surprising the food coming back out of the US was of good quality also. Glad i got to go on one of the last 747 rides. I know they are quieter but that business class in an A380 is like being in an upmarket cattle class. Sooooooo many seats together. That is where the 747 upstairs make it feel like you are in a small private jet. Long live the 747. The true Jumbo.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

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iamwill I could not agree with you more! I really, really, really dislike the A380 Business Class cabin, while it is airy and quiet, it feels like being in a Boarding School dorm. I will be devastated when the last B747 exits service, nothing compares to seat 14A on the upper deck. Also the B747 is simply a more attractive looking aircraft, the "Queen Of The Skies" is a very fitting name for her, unlike the Airbus blimp which looks bloated and ungainly at best.

Dunny will get a workout!

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

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This is Disgusting.I had better first time to the States in 1989 on Continental where the meals resembled something decent for a US Carrier in Business Class.I think It was Ansett that catered the flights out of Australia from memory.

07 Oct 2012

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What's the big deal? These are options... you don't need to choose it. If you want the normal First or Business meal, then choose that. 

undertheradar Banned
undertheradar Banned

28 Oct 2011

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some people never let the facts get in the way of a good

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

29 Jul 2013

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Good call hutch! Or you could eat in the lounge before your flight and sleep all the way through the onboard meal service without the hassle of having to make such difficult choices!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Exactly. Some people will complain about anything.

Nice! Those sliders are certainly a lot better than that pizza in a box they serve you on the LAX service!

It's really good that Qantas is able to consolidate it's North American strategy and remain profitable despite the semi decent competition (DL, VA, UA, NZ).

What is it about North America that works for Qantas?

07 Oct 2012

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I had the sliders on my flight to LAX a couple of weeks ago. They were okay.

The USA -AUS free skies  agreement (to my knowledge) is for Australian and USA carriers. This limits direct competition from stronger carriers like SQ etc. SQ has wanted rights for Australia to LAX for some time and has been denied.

Thanks for the heads up hutch! I'll save my carb quota for something else! LOL

I really hope Qantas succeeds across the Pacific. I find those trans pacific flights quite magical. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Nov 2011

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Love the sound of the first class option! I really dont know whythere are so many people complaining about this...There is such a huge range of choice in First class when it comes to meals.  Im sure the First menu will also include a fish dish, a chick, perhaps a lamb...not to mention the range of small plates, soups, salads, desserts.

I also think a big, juicy, tender rib eye served at 40,000 feet with a high class Australian red wine is more appealing than a Lobster dish (SIA) anyday.  First class dinning is about choice, generous portions, top quality.  Ticks all boxes.

05 Dec 2013

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I swear sometimes people publish the word Qantas on a website and it automatically generates 1000 whinging responses.  As Hutch pointed out, these are OPTIONS - if you don't want it, don't ask for it!


I personally love pork sliders and think it's fanastic that Qantas is serving 'regoinal' food on its flights

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Hear hear.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

21 Aug 2013

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I know, right? After all, it's TEXAS - everything there is big and gaudy. QF is just emulating this with a dash of fun, and Texans flying the route will appreciate the effort if nothing else. Sheez - it's just FOOD.

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