Transatlantic meal service in Economy

Old May 17, 15, 8:23 am
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Hello, my name is Jehan.
I've Been a lurker for 2 years and finally decided to register to be able to contribute.

Most of the threads and topics here seem to deal with First and Bussiness class travel. Its all fun and interesting to read about, but apart from a few lucky strikes Economy is where I'm traveling (and I actually don't mind).

I've got a round trip to NYC coming up and sent here to see
There seems to be a Consensus on this bland that the meal service for transatlantic daytime flights is sub par... But I've only round First and Bussiness reviews though. Anyone care to disclose what it's like In economy? Where no expectations in general are to be held.

I'm flying GOT - LHR on BA 0791
LHR - JFK on BA 0115
JFK - LHR on BA 0112
LHR - GOT on BA 0790

Anyone got any experience and can give me a clue what service in Economy Will be like? I've read BA usually serves a breakfast Even on short haul flights. But the 0791 departs at 11.15 am...
I usually eat a good meal in the departure area before boarding a longer flight so I wont have to worry too much abuor what they offer.
On My outbound flight there is just over 2hours transfer time at LHR terminal 5. Will that be enough for a sit down meal? Any T5 recomendations (Will obviously not have lounge acess).
Transfer on my return leg is just one hour so I"ll have to do without eating. I'm not a breakfast person so its not a big problem. Just curious, is there ANYTHING edible offered on the LHR-GOT route? Or just tea/coffe?
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Old May 17, 15, 8:27 am
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Transatlantic meal service in Economy

Hello and welcome! ^ I'm not a specialist on T5 eating outlets, but in terms of onboard catering, this thread will have all the answers: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...ing-guide.html
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Old May 17, 15, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by JehanMary View Post
There seems to be a Consensus on this bland that the meal service for transatlantic daytime flights is sub par... ?
Classic - you probably got that about right!!

Also have a look at the lounge guesting thread.

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Old May 17, 15, 8:55 am
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In my opinion BA's TATL economy food is really ok. I have had worse with other carriers.
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Old May 17, 15, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by paul4040 View Post
Hello and welcome! ^ I'm not a specialist on T5 eating outlets, but in terms of onboard catering, this thread will have all the answers: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...ing-guide.html
Perfect ^

That was exactely what I needed, thank you.
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Old May 17, 15, 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by JehanMary View Post
Hello, my name is Jehan.
I've Been a lurker for 2 years and finally decided to register to be able to contribute.
Welcome to Flyertalk JehanMary, and please continue to participate since we do need more insights into the World Traveller product, as you say we're a bit more comprehensive about the bits of BA's service which only a minority of passengers actually use.

I'm spectacularly poorly placed to advise you, other than that I know that the BA off duty crews seem to make a bee-line for Pilot's Bar and Kitchen, and it can't just be because it's on their rat-route in and out. That's by gate 20.

From GOT you should get a biscuit/small bag of crisps/nuts plus drinks. To GOT it will be a croissant and orange juice plus drinks.
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Old May 17, 15, 9:18 am
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BA food in Y is very good, and certainly the best Y food I've eaten on any airline. Drinks run first then a three course meal, usually consisting of a meze-type salad, pudding and the choice of two meals (usually pasta or chicken). A light snack on arrival shall be had and free drinks throughout.

At T5, I personally love Plane Food for a more refined/light lunch. If in the mood for a proper, hearty meal, I'd go to Pilot's Bar.
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Old May 17, 15, 9:27 am
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Welcome to FT.

I've flown quite a lot of Y TATL in the past year, with a variety of carriers (BA/KL/AA/UA/US). And I really must say that I can't complain about the food. The comedy routine about airplane food is outdated. A lot of it, however, has to do with expectations. If you expect fine dining, then you'll be underwhelmed. If you let your expectations be set by '80s comedy films, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

In Y, the only one that I can remember standing out was KL, as they had truly excellent chocolate dessert offering.

All other food between the airlines, like so much of the Y experience, is interchangeable. It's understandeable: They're catering to a broad audience here, so they have to make it palatable for a wide group of people. So you're unlikely to encounter any too exciting flavours or exotic spices. Aside it needs to be produced in mass and they try to reduce cost and need it to be easily served to anywhere from 100-200 people.

Typical service will be a hot meal tray, where you get a choice out of 2 different distances (often 1 of them being a vegetarian pasta), which comes with a little bit of lettuce, often a piece of bread or crackers and a tiny dessert. You'll be offered a unexciting, mass-produced, acceptable wine with this.

There will be a secondary breakfast/snack service, which usually comes in a paper box that promises way more than it delivers upon opening.

If you want to know what the meal experience is: go to the supermarket and get a pre-made microwave meal there. It's fine, filling enough but not great and definitely not as good as if you made it yourself.

On My outbound flight there is just over 2hours transfer time at LHR terminal 5. Will that be enough for a sit down meal? Any T5 recomendations (Will obviously not have lounge acess).
Yes, that should be enough time, and there's plenty of options. Be prepared for bill shock, though. Like any airport, since you're a 'captive' audience, prices will be on the high side.
You can find restaurants here:
http://www.heathrowairport.com/shop,...estaurants-a_z
As for quality: you can do a lot worse than a full english at Wetherspoons.
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If you have a look here as someone may be travelling at the same time as you and be willing to guest you into a lounge.
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Old May 17, 15, 10:13 am
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Do they still serve Lily O'Brien desserts in WT? Personally I think they're excellent, albeit quite small. A lot better than the unbranded stuff other airlines serve in Y anyway.
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Old May 17, 15, 11:14 am
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Do they still serve Lily O'Brien desserts in WT? Personally I think they're excellent, albeit quite small. A lot better than the unbranded stuff other airlines serve in Y anyway.
Leaving LHR, we did recently yes.

On the return flight however (from LAX) we got a generic cheesecake, which was better IMO.
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Old May 17, 15, 4:18 pm
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Here's a meal LGW-MCO September 2014. Both perfectly pleasant and filling enough (in fact the curry was quite tasty).

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Old May 17, 15, 4:57 pm
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Just flown back to JFK on the 177 (dep LHR 1310) in Y today.

First full bar service - asked for a G&T and got two. (Same happened on the outbound - is this because I recently made Bronze or did the CC just take a shine to me?)

Meal was a quinoa salad "starter" with a not bad chicken tikka masala with basmati rice (other choice was a pasta bake), bread roll and butter and a rather nice chocolate mousse with butterscotch sauce underneath. Wine was served with it with tea and coffee afterwards.

Pre-landing was a egg mayonnaise or chicken mayonnaise sandwich, kitkat and tea or coffee.

I have never had any complaints about BA's food in Y, although there was more of it back in the day. At the start of the year I flew ex-JFK in Y and back in W on a POUG and I'd say the Y food was slightly better!
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Old May 17, 15, 5:51 pm
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I did LHR-SFO-LHR a few weeks ago in Y.

LHR-SFO main meal was a pretty good chicken curry (no choice by the time the crew got to me, but I think the other choice had been pasta of some sort), salad, some sort of small dessert. A lot like post #12 above. Second meal was a granola bar or similar - I ate my Plane Food picnic at that point! The main meal was fine, the second meal was risible.

SFO-LHR main meal that I had was supposed to be a cottage pie and it was bad. Layers of different coloured mush. The salad with it was made of nice vegetables but the main meal was awful. The breakfast was unmemorable, I'm afraid.

So, varying between the quality of a Tesco Finest microwave meal and below quality of any supermarket ready meal. I recommend bringing backup food.

Last edited by flatlander; May 17, 15 at 5:52 pm Reason: refer to post 12
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Old May 17, 15, 6:10 pm
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Blimey !!

Is that the upgraded meal out of LGW as you get peas in your rice ?
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