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Prospero Mar 23, 17 2:43 pm

Club Europe catering guide
 
New catering standards for Club Europe are coming, which you should see on existing routes from this Sunday. UK domestic routes will follow from 01 April.

There will also be a slight realignment of catering bands as the current Bands 1, 2, 3, and 4 will be replaced by new Short, Medium, and Long catering bands. We’ve been told we should expect a number of real, tangible improvements such as new crockery, new mugs, and also new wines (served at your seat from full sized bottles on Medium and Long flights). As to the quality of the new offering, well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating so please do post your impressions of the new service as it rolls out.

The following information is applicable to Heathrow and Gatwick routes which I hope you will find useful. This will be updated and expanded with product details during the weeks ahead once we get a better feel of the new offering.


Service timings
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...6/CE_times.png


Destination map identifying destination bands
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...tering_map.png
Note, the map is not fully inclusive so some destinations have been omitted for visual clarity. You can rest assured that Iceland, Canary Islands plus the myriad of Greek destinations all fall into the new Long category.

Borderline destinations located on the fringes of two bands are indicated in the next 2 diagrams
http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...6/CE_BL_SM.png

http://prospelicious.com/wp-content/...5/CE_BL_ML.png


Food offerings

Short
  • Special meals are available
  • Wine is served in quarter size bottles
  • Champagne is served in quarter sized bottles
Breakfast 05:00 to 09:29
LBA/MAN: a bacon roll, a selection of fresh fruit, bread/croissants and a dairy product, such as yoghurt with fruit compote

Other Short flights: a choice between a hot English breakfast or a vegetarian alternative

Brunch 09:30 to 10:59
A choice of a continental cold meat selection with warm bakery or a hot sandwich

Lunch 11:00 to 13:59
A choice of a fresh salad with warm bakery or a hot sandwich

Afternoon tea 14:00 to 16:59
A choice of sandwiches or a Ploughman's salad, both served with traditional British cake

Dinner 17:00 to 04:59
A choice of a fresh salad with warm bakery or a hot sandwich

Medium
  • Special meals are available
  • Wine is served in full sized bottles
  • Champagne is served in full size bottles
Breakfast 05:00 to 09:29
A choice between a hot English breakfast or a vegetarian alternative

Brunch 09:30 to 10:59
A choice of a continental cold meat selection with warm bakery or a hot sandwich

Lunch 11:00 to 13:59
A choice of a fresh salad with warm bakery or a hot sandwich

Afternoon tea 14:00 to 16:59
A choice of sandwiches or a Ploughman's salad, both served with traditional British cake

Dinner 17:00 to 04:59
A choice of a fresh salad with warm bakery or a hot sandwich

Long
  • Special meals are available
  • Printed menus
  • Wine is served in full sized bottles
  • Champagne is served in full size bottles
Breakfast 05:00 to 09:29
A choice between a hot English breakfast or a vegetarian alternative

Rest of day meal 09:30 to 04:59
Hot meal with appetiser, warm breads, cheese and dessert

Photos and impressions
This part has been left for you to populate. :)

ILikePancakes Mar 23, 17 2:46 pm

We're flying out on a long CE on Sunday, so will let you know!

Worcester Mar 23, 17 2:49 pm

Thanks for the heads up.

Is there going to be a quicker rotation on the food, as I am sick to death of hot smoked salmon linguini or Chicken breast in jus on band 4 flight. 3 month menu rotations can not save that much money, but really annoys those who fly frequently.

lost_in_translation Mar 23, 17 2:54 pm

Does wine served from full sized bottles include Champagne, meaning potential switch to Henriot from Castelnau?

ENTP Mar 23, 17 3:06 pm

Looks good on paper - assuming:
-Bands 1 and 2 become "Short"
-Band 3 is "Medium" and retains hot lunch and dinner
-There are overall a few good promotions up the bands (e.g. BUD/IBZ/FCO)

Tobias-UK Mar 23, 17 3:08 pm


Originally Posted by ENTP (Post 28077878)
Looks good on paper - assuming:
-Bands 1 and 2 become "Short"
-Band 3 is "Medium" and retains hot lunch and dinner
-There are overall a few good promotions up the bands (e.g. BUD/IBZ/FCO)

There will be hot meals on all lunch and dinner flights across all bands.

ENTP Mar 23, 17 3:15 pm


Originally Posted by Tobias-UK (Post 28077887)
There will be hot meals on all lunch and dinner flights across all bands.

Then colour me impressed! Brilliant news.

lost_in_translation Mar 23, 17 3:27 pm


Originally Posted by Tobias-UK (Post 28077887)
There will be hot meals on all lunch and dinner flights across all bands.

Except within the UK?

golfmad Mar 23, 17 3:31 pm

Nice job with the graphics ^

tom139 Mar 23, 17 3:44 pm

More detail on BA.COM here; it's true!

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/food-and-drink/short-haul-business-dining?clickpage=resp-information--food-and-drink--index&kmtag=c&ban= DP 2x2 CTA1 L2

surryson Mar 23, 17 4:45 pm

This is going to be interesting. I am preparing to be significantly underwhelmed. Full size wine bottles don't overshadow the same old breakfast, the utterly unimaginative brunch or the rigid meal times which mean departing HEL at 1655 means you are the recipient of 3 dry finger sandwiches, a pre packed cake and a heated scone on a scheduled flight time of c2hrs 45m.

Prospero Mar 23, 17 4:53 pm


Originally Posted by surryson (Post 28078293)
This is going to be interesting. I am preparing to be significantly underwhelmed. Full size wine bottles don't overshadow the same old breakfast, the utterly unimaginative brunch or the rigid meal times which mean departing HEL at 1655 means you are the recipient of 3 dry finger sandwiches, a pre packed cake and a heated scone on a scheduled flight time of c2hrs 45m.

The changes should work out better for you as HEL will be moving from Band 3 to the new Long category. The outcome of which should be a full meal service throughout the day

World Traveller Fuss Mar 23, 17 4:58 pm

This is great news. Particularly on the ex-Band 1's where they managed a hot brekkie, but nothing else substantial the rest of the day?

"a tasty hot meal accompanied by warm bread"

With a plate?? :D

surryson Mar 23, 17 5:01 pm


Originally Posted by Prospero (Post 28078331)
The changes should work out better for you as HEL will be moving from Band 3 to the new Long category. The outcome of which should be a full meal service throughout the day

Will keep my fingers crossed. Read the BA.com link and some of the ideas do look positive. If I'm being picky, then the charcuterie brunch on a European sector would be better if accompanied by having the choice of the hot sandwich as per the UK Brunch offering.

Great work on the thread so far Prospero. Thanks for organising. ^

IAMORGAN Mar 23, 17 5:06 pm

Tentatively this looks good. Let's see...


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