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Old Nov 4, 12, 2:58 pm   #1
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Arrow Short haul catering guide - Winter 2012/13 [Beta]



Since the beginning of the Winter 2012 timetable, you may have noticed one or two changes to the catering on board British Airways short haul flights. Information on previous onboard offerings can be found here: In Flight Catering Guide: Discussion and reports

Catering in Club Europe and Euro Traveller is devised by bandings, dependant on the length of your flight. On UK Domestic, you get what you're given and be thankful for what you receive

We are most grateful to Littlegirl for coming to our aid and furnishing us with the very latest catering product information and providing a break down of bands and associated routes. So if you're not sure what to expect on your next short haul flight, all you need at hand is the departure time and the "band" your flight falls into.

The main purpose of this thread is to encourage discussion on BA catering, so please do use this thread to share your opinions and add your own experiences of BA's short catering. Your own reports, menu listings and photographs are most welcome - appending some basic info such as route, date of travel (approximate) and class of travel are very useful datapoints.



01 Short haul catering bands
Band 1 routes (flight time under 0:90 hrs)
AMS, BRU, CDG, DUB, DUS, JER, LUX, ORY and RTM

Band 2 routes (flight time 0:90 to 1:24 hrs)
BSL, BOD, FRA, GVA, HAJ, HAM, INN, LYS, MUC, STR, SVG, TLS, TXL, and ZRH

Band 3 routes [flight time 1:25 to 2:59 hrs)
AGP, ALC, ALG, ARN, BCN, BGO, BLQ, BRI, BUD, CPH, DBV, FAO, FCO, GOA, GIB, GOT, HEL, IBZ, LIN, LIS, MAD, MRS, MXP, NAP, NCE, OSL, PRG, PSA, SZG, TRN, TUN, VCE, VIE, VRN, WAW, and ZAG

Band 4 routes (flight time 3:00 hrs and over)
AGA, ATH, AYT, CMN, CTA, IST, KBP, LCA, LED, OTP, PFO, PRN, RAK, SKG, SOF, TIA, and TIP


02 Food and beverage offering

The meal windows relate to your flight's local time of departure.

UK Domestic
On short domestic flights (BHD, LBA, MAN, NCL), passengers are offered a warm filled sub roll and orange juice out of LHR in the morning. Panini remains on flights departing from outstations.

On Anglo-Scottish domestic flights (ABZ, EDI, GLA), passengers are offered a hot breakfast and orange juice. On flights out of LHR, the hot dish is usually sausage and scrambled eggs and on flights departing from LGW and regional outstations, the hot dish is sausage, bacon, and tomato.

Vegetarian alternatives are available on request. Service follows with the choice of tea or coffee.


Euro Traveller
On Band 1,2, and 3 flights, passengers will be offered a filled croissant. The breakfast croissant is one of these three rotations: free range egg and tomato, cheese with tomato chutney, or free range egg and cress.

Service follows with the choice of tea or coffee.


Club Europe
A traditional breakfast with a choice of hot omelette or cold dish accompanied with fruit, bread rolls, croissants (chocolate or plain). Service follows with the choice of tea or coffee.
Band 1 sample
Omelette, sausage, bacon, tomato and mushroom.
or
Omelette or crepe with varying vegetarian fillings.
or
Cold meats or smoked salmon and bagels with Bircher muesli.


Band 4 sample
Orange juice, fresh fruit appetiser, and blackcurrant yoghurt with dried currants

Traditional English breakfast
or
Pimento mozzarella omelette with sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomato and rosti potatoes
or
Bagel with cream cheese, Loch Fyne smoked salmon, caperberry and grilled courgette

UK Domestic
A drink served to you from the bar and then your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or a bag of Forest Treats (fruit and nut assortment)


Euro Traveller
On Band 1 and 2 flights, a drink served to you from the bar and then your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats.
On Band 3 flights, a full wrap (per lunch service) and a drink served to you from the bar.
On Band 4 flights, a drink from the bar followed by hot meal, dessert, tea and coffee.


Club Europe
A drink served to your from the bar, then your choice of a cold plate or fruit plate which will be served with an apple lattice, cinnamon whirl or pecan pie pastry. Served with a choice of tea or coffee and followed by drinks from the bar.

Band 4 flights have canapé with a drinks round, then have a choice of two hot options with dessert and cheese and biscuits.
Band 1 sample
Cold plate of cold meats or smoked salmon and bagels.
or
Fruit plate which will be a selection of seasonal fruits.


Band 4 samples (applies to all flights departing after 09:30)
Your choice of one of two of the following dishes:
Grilled chicken with Savoy cabbage, carrot sticks, seed sticks and turned potatoes.
Lamb casserole with root vegetables.
Grilled salmon with mushroom risotto, seemed vegetables and samphire.
Slow cooked beef cheeks with celeriac mash, broccoli and carrots.
Chicken Makhani with saffron pilau rice.
Grilled beef fillet with dauphinois and fresh spinach with cafe de Paris butter.
Prawn curry with lemon rice and Swiss chard.

and one of the following desserts:
Chocolate quenelle with raspberry ragout.
Lemon curd cheese cake with strawberry and blueberry garnish.
Chocolate mouse with salted caramel.

UK Domestic
A drink served to you from the bar and then your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats


Euro Traveller
On Band 1 flights, a drink from the bar and your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats
On Band 2 flights, a drink from the bar and a filled wrap
On Band 3 flights, a drink from the bar and a larger filled wrap
On Band 4 flights, a drink from the bar followed by hot meal, dessert, tea and coffee.
Sample wrap fillings
Chicken Fajita
or
Mozzarella and tomato

Hoi sin duck
or
Mozzarella and tomato

Chicken Caesar
or
Mozzarella and tomato

Club Europe
A drink served to your from the bar.

On Band 1 and 2 flights this follows with the choice of one of two salads, and rounded up with tea or coffee
On Band 3 flights you will be offered a choice of one hot dish or a salad with a hot element on top, plus cheese and biscuits. Then followed with the choice of tea or coffee.
Band 4 flights have canapé with a drinks round, then have a choice of two hot options with dessert and cheese and biscuits. Then followed with the choice of tea or coffee.
Band 1 and 2 samples
Smoked fish salad (outbound)
Smoked chicken salad (inbound)
or
Harvester salad with chicken (outbound)
Japanese style sushi salad (inbound)
or
Greek style salad (outbound)
Goat cheese and chorizo salad (inbound)


Band 3 samples
Grilled chicken with savoy cabbage, carrots and turned potatoes
or
Caesar salad with a hot salmon steak

Slow cooked beef cheeks with celeriac mash and pancetta wrapped bean and carrots
or
Potato, celeriac and carrot salad with a hot grilled chicken breast

Grilled cod on balsamic lentils with spinach and parsley potatoes
or
Mediterranean salad with a hot herbed chicken breast

Prawn curry with lemon rice and Swiss chad
or
Potato, celeriac and carrot salad with a hot grilled herbed chicken breast

Grilled salmon with mushroom risotto
or
Mediterranean salad with hot chicken breast

Chicken stuffed with pumpkin winter veg and pomes macaire
or
Caesar salad with a hot salmon steak

UK Domestic
A drink served to you from the bar and then your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats


Euro Traveller
On Band 1 and 2 flights, a drink served to you from the bar and then your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats.
On Band 3 flights, a drink from the bar and a larger filled wrap
On Band 4 flights, a drink from the bar followed by hot meal, dessert, tea and coffee.


Club Europe
Three finger sandwiches of varying fillings served with Dundee cake and date and lemon flavoured scones.

Service follows with the choice of tea or coffee, and drinks from the bar

UK Domestic
A drink served to you from the bar and then your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats


Euro Traveller
On Band 1 flights, a drink from the bar and your choice of a Lilly O’Brien cookie, Real crisps or Forest Treats
On Band 2 flights, a drink from the bar and a filled wrap
On Band 3 flights, a drink from the bar and a larger filled wrap
On Band 4 flights, a drink from the bar followed by hot meal, dessert, tea and coffee.


Club Europe
On Band 1 and 2 flights you will be offered a salad and a chocolate box, with drinks to accompany, then tea and coffee.
On Band 3 flights you will be offered a choice of one hot dish or a salad with a hot element on top plus cheese and biscuits and a chocolate box. Service follows with the choice of tea or coffee.
On Band 4 flights you will be offered a canapé, drinks from the bar, followed by a choice of two hot dishes and a chocolate box. Service follows with the choice of tea or coffee.


03 Special meals

If you are travelling in Club Europe you may order a special meal in advance. To select your meal preference, go to Manage My Booking. Note, meal requests not available within 24 hours of departure.

Dietary options (as listed on ba.com) include:
Standard meal

Asian vegetarian
Does not contain fish, shellfish, meat, poultry or eggs. It is a meatless meal and spicy in content.

Child
Contains a combination of familiar and fun foods. Available on all longhaul services for children aged 2-12 years and on certain shorthaul services. Note, meals should be booked 24 hours in advance as only a limited supply of extra meals are carried. May contain beef and pork products.

Hindu
Does not contain beef, beef derivatives, veal or pork, it is not a meatless meal.

Kosher
These meals are prepared to comply with Jewish dietary laws.
Note, Kosher meals are available on shorthaul routes in Club Europe and Euro Traveller apart from Istanbul, Bucharest, Sofia, Tbilisi, Tripoli, St. Petersburg and Milan Linate into London.


Lacto ovo vegetarian
Does not contain meat, fish or seafood. May contain dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese and eggs etc.

Muslim
Does not contain pork, by-products of pork or foodstuffs containing alcohol. All meats come from ritually slaughtered animals. Note, Muslim meals are not available on European flights when the aircraft has night-stopped away from the UK

Vegan vegetarian
Does not contain meat, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, dairy products or derivatives. If vegan is not specified, then a lacto ovo meal will be provided.

Additional dietary options include:
Bland
For those with digestive tract and gut disorders. Excludes mustard, pickles, garlic, fried and fatty food.

Diabetic
For those who need to manage blood sugar levels. Foods excluded are sugars, syrups, jams, cakes and chocolate, unless specifically for diabetics.

Fruit platter
A single fresh fruit plate. Restricted availability on some European flights.

Gluten free
Foods excluded are wheat or wheat flour, barley oats and rye, bread, cakes (unless wheat free), pastry, sausages or any flour based products.

Low calorie
A low calorie diet should not contain excessive protein portions and the meal is low in fat and sugar.

Low fat
High fibre meal with reduced amounts of fat.

Low lactose
Excludes cheese, dairy products and their derivatives and lactose or milk products.

Low salt/sodium
Excludes use of salt, MSG and baking soda/powder, instead herbs and spices are used to flavour the meal.

Seafood
Contains a selection of seafood for those restricted to eating seafood only. Availability is restricted on some European services.

Vegetarian jain
Jain meals are strict vegetarian meals, the food is prepared to an Indian style, the meal does not contain onions, potatoes, garlic or root vegetables. Note, Jain meals are not available from Athens.

Special meals cannot be ordered in advance on UK Domestic or Euro Traveller. However, a vegetarian alternative will be available on board. Just ask!

Baby meals are not available on short haul flights.



04 Short haul bar menus

The following lists the standard bar contents on LHR UK Domestic flights. All contents are subject to change and to availability. Standard tariff applies across all short haul bands (free, gratis, on the house). Lists are correct as of October 2011.
UK Domestic

Soft drinks and mixers
Canada Dry, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Tonic Water

Spirits
Camus VSOP Cognac, Gordon’s Gin, Johnnie Walker Red Label, and Smirnoff Red Label vodka

Lagers
Grolsch and Heineken (Subject to change)

Wine
choice of 1 red or 1 white

Water
Still and sparkling

Juices
Orange, apple, and tomato

Note, not all the items listed above are available on equivalent LGW routes.


Club Europe

Soft drinks and mixers
Bitter Lemon, Canada Dry, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Tonic Water, Diet Tonic Water, Fanta Orange, and Sprite

Spirits
Bacardi Carta Blanca, Baileys, Campari, Camus VSOP Cognac, Cointreau, Dow’s Midnight Ruby Port, Glenlivet 15 Year Old Malt Whisky, Gordon’s Gin, Drambuie, Jack Daniel’s American Whiskey, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Martini Dry, Smirnoff Vodka Blue, Southern Comfort, Tia Maria, and Tio Pepe

Beers/Lager
Fuller’s London Pride, Carlsberg and Heineken lager

Wines
2 choices of red wine and 2 choices of white wine

Champagne
Quarter bottles of Champagne (Pommery Brut Royal)

Water
Still water (large bottles) and sparkling mineral water

Juices
Apple, cranberry, orange, and tomato (large pouring cartons) and also 5 Alive

Speciality teas
Green and herbal


Euro Traveller Bands 1 and 2

Soft drinks and mixers
Canada Dry, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Tonic Water

Spirits
Camus VSOP Cognac, Gordon’s Gin, Johnnie Walker Red Label, and Smirnoff Red Label vodka

Lagers
Grolsch and Heineken (Subject to change)

Wine
choice of 1 red or 1 white

Water
Still and sparkling

Juices
Orange, apple, and tomato*

The bars are also loaded with plastic sealed “cup-lets” of orange juice and water, and these will be used till they run out before opening the large cartons and bottles. * Tomato juice are not usually loaded on LGW Band 1 routes.


Euro Traveller Bands 3 and 4

Soft drinks and mixers
Canada Dry, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Tonic Water

Spirits
Camus VSOP Cognac, Gordon’s Gin, Johnnie Walker Red Label, and Smirnoff Red Label vodka

Lagers
Grolsch and Heineken (Subject to change)

Wine
choice of 1 red or 1 white

Water
Still and sparkling

Juices
Orange, apple, and tomato

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I'm going to thank Littlegirl again (and LTN Phobia and Stez) for all your help with this little project. It is a work in progress so please do post your comments and if you have any additional data points, please post those too.
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Thanks guys

You're missing MUC (Munich) which presumably should be in Band 2.

What on earth is 5 Alive? (CE Bar).

Is Port a new thing - I thought that had been enhanced away previously?

Amazed that they don't allow Rum in the WT bar.

Window for the dreaded Afternoon Tea is far too wide - but I think I've said that before somewhere else!
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What on earth is 5 Alive? (CE Bar).
http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/brands/5-alive.html
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Great work Prospero.

UK Dom breakfast on LCY flights seems to be hash brown instead of scrambled egg these days. Are CityFlyer flights following these new standards....?
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Very clear, comprehensive guide
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If I order a Hindu meal between 14:00 and 17:00 what would I get then?
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cool - so full of information
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Thanks for the great work Prospero, Littlegirl, LTN Phobia, Stez.

What I really don't like in the new concept is that the hours of the two CE 'bad' meals (newly disguised 'extended breakfast' parading as brunch, and 'afternoon tea') are further extended instead of disappearing as they should. Band 3 flight departing LHR at 11.45 to mainland Europe typically means arrival around 3pm including the 1 hour time difference and they want to serve a fruit bowl and lattice pastry or a small selection of cold cuts? And in the other direction, 2pm departure from a third party lounge and you get Dundee cake and the ghastly finger sandwiches? Come on this can't be serious!

As Littlegirl mentioned in another thread, the right thing to do would be to have breakfast till 9.30 and then an all day meal for the rest of the day. I will also admit that I preferred the choice of two hot meals (rather than a meal and a salad with hot element on top) that was there for band 3 flights dinners and winter lunches before.

So all in all, it looks to me like an improvement in ET but a downgrade in CE.
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Yes the afternoon tea is still a disgrace. Ill be asking for a filled wrap from Y on
my next flight.
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Cough......

Is the Gatwick operation getting this standard of catering?

Does the B4 from Gatwick come up to LHR standards now ?

i.e. Hot meal in Y? Canapes in CE?
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What the hell are they?
Probably best not to ask.
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What the hell are they?
Two seperate types. Date scones.
Lemon flavoured scones.
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Great guide and really informative. Thanks for creating this!
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