Some excellent news for those of you who have flights planned in 2021 with British Airways; they are bringing back the regular service for its premium cabins starting January 20, after serving cold food in snack boxes in international business class ‘due to COVID-19’.
At the start of COVID-19, we saw many airlines trim inflight services offered, in the name of taking precautions to reduce contact and minimize the amount of time of people not wearing masks. However, things got a little too far in my opinion, when word broke out that loyal Business Class passengers were served cold food on long haul business class flights or just sandwiches on short-haul business class. Imagine paying hundred of dollars and just receiving a measly sandwich for your meal!
To British Airways’ credit, they started revamping their menu and after serving only cold food, they brought back hot menu items in October and served them in much more presentable packaging.
Now, we are expected to see a return of the full dining experience, with standard First and Club glasses, china, and cutlery. Most importantly, we will see returns to the famed A la carte dining and dine on demand experience in First Class.
The World Traveller (Economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) will also see a full tray experience with options of special meals.
Airlines have taken a lot of flak for charging the same prices or even higher (to make up for empty seats for social distancing) while delivering a barren in-flight experience. I had my first flight with British Airways in Dec 2019 before COVID-19 shut down leisure travel and I had an enjoyable experience for a good price point on miles redemption.
Ultimately, this is a positive development to see British Airways no longer skimping on the experience and going ahead of the norm to restore full in flight services. I am personally excited since I have a first class flight to London scheduled in February; let’s see how it goes!