Economy passengers jetting abroad with Qantas will soon be tucking into larger meals and will have more choice, with up to four different mains available to pre-order via 'Select on Q Eat' on the Qantas website.
In the mix for all travellers will be a healthy choice, a ‘comfort food’ dish and a meal inspired by the destination of the flight, while those ordering their meals in advance will also have a fourth option.
The Red Roo will also ditch its meal trays in favour of new serving plates, enabling the crew to provide and clear meals up to 30 minutes faster – allowing passengers to maximise their sleep or productivity on board.
Economy flyers will also be offered a Bickford’s brand welcome cordial shortly after take-off, featuring flavours exclusive to Qantas such as lemon & elderflower, pink grapefruit and pomegranate & blueberry, plus an all-flight ‘grazing menu’.
“We have worked closely with Australia’s leading producers and suppliers to deliver what we believe to be the best inflight economy dining experience offered by any international carrier,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
Trials of the new dining concept were run on a number of international flights, with the airline sharing that customer satisfaction levels on those services was almost double the norm.
What’s on the menu: Qantas international economy
Included on the airline’s new list of dishes is smoky barbecue beef with roasted sweet potato, broccoli and corn, appearing as the destination-based option on selected flights to Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and New York.
You’ll also come across the barramundi – poached in a lightly-spiced coconut sauce with noodles, sugar snaps, Choy sum and chilli…
… honey roasted chicken farro salad and seasonal vegetables with pumpkin and sesame seeds; and the spiced lamb koftas with tomato, Riverina feta and roast potatoes:
Pulled beef sliders with capsicum and tomato relish, Weis ice cream bars, Maltesers and fresh fruit are among the 'grazing menu' options to appease hungry flyers in between meals, while Lindor Lindt balls accompany the tea and coffee service.
Download a sample menu: Australia to North America [PDF, 1.7MB]
Whatever your preference, we'd suggest heading to the Qantas website and using the Select on Q Eat service to choose your inflight meal at least 12 hours before departure.
When you’ll find the new menu on board
Qantas’ revamped inflight economy dining will progressively take to the skies over the coming months, with the launch date varying by route:
- Melbourne-Dubai-London: November 25
- Sydney-Dubai-London: November 26
- All trans-Tasman flights: November 28
- Perth-Auckland: December 5
- Los Angeles, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth flights: December 9
- Sydney-Vancouver: January 3 2015
- All Singapore flights: January 13 2015
- All Hong Kong flights: February 10 2015
- Santiago, Johannesburg, Honolulu, Bangkok, Shanghai, Narita, Manila, Jakarta and Noumea: March 1 2015
The move follows the introduction of boxed dinners in economy on Qantas' domestic flights in September, which also saw larger portions for passengers and Lindor Lindt chocolate balls added to the menu.
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