Difference between F and J Meals?

Old Mar 1, 16, 7:35 am
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Difference between F and J Meals?

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Just checked the menus for my upcoming flight it looks like there is alot of overlap between what business class is serving and what F class has. I actually don't see too much of a difference especially on the ULH flights. Are they essentially the same dish and just plated differently? Also, if I see an item on the J menu that is not on the F menu. Am I able to request that?
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Old Mar 1, 16, 7:37 am
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Basically the same with more choice in first, plated with more care in first and in long haul you can eat when you like.
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Old Mar 1, 16, 10:46 am
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You have to give credit to EK's catering division. They do make every effort to ensure that the food in J class is just as ordinary as that in F.
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Old Mar 1, 16, 12:04 pm
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Originally Posted by subject2load View Post
You have to give credit to EK's catering division. They do make every effort to ensure that the food in J class is just as ordinary as that in F.
At least it's harder to run out of food when in F though

Then again, it's airplane food and ex-DXB just go to the lounge, if you have time!
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Old Mar 1, 16, 1:15 pm
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The appetizers in F include caviar (if that's your thing) and the beverages are higher end and better than business (which are usually quite good.) Disclaimer: I usually fly USA carriers, so I know ordinary - or worse - beverages in premium cabins!
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Old Mar 1, 16, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by subject2load View Post
You have to give credit to EK's catering division. They do make every effort to ensure that the food in J class is just as ordinary as that in F.
...and consistently so for years...
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Old Mar 1, 16, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by 1kBill View Post
The appetizers in F include caviar (if that's your thing) and the beverages are higher end and better than business (which are usually quite good.) Disclaimer: I usually fly USA carriers, so I know ordinary - or worse - beverages in premium cabins!
The wines are a big step up.
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Old Mar 1, 16, 9:44 pm
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Originally Posted by m3red View Post
The wines are a big step up.
I think it was m3red that recommended the 2003 Chateau Certan de May. Thank you! Enjoyed a bottle and a half flying back from LGW on the weekend
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Old Mar 1, 16, 11:35 pm
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Originally Posted by nmc980 View Post
I think it was m3red that recommended the 2003 Chateau Certan de May. Thank you! Enjoyed a bottle and a half flying back from LGW on the weekend
The owner of my local wine bar picked that one out when I showed him the list for my forthcoming EK DFW-DXB flight in F. I look forward to trying a bottle or two.
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Old Mar 1, 16, 11:52 pm
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Please be aware that J meal options are also a part of the F menu on all EK flights now. This wasn't in the past but I noticed it a couple of years back as EK started its cost cutting measures. So you may actually be seated in F but end up sampling a J meal. Apart from the caviar, I find the menu options pretty much the same. And lest I forget, several people here on the forum seem to fall head over heels over a bitter aerated drink called 'DP' served only in F.

As an aside, I was actually shocked after noticing how limited the choices were now in J on my recent DXB-BOS ULH. I have stopped eating on EK flights mostly and the options on EKs menu are going a long way in helping that cause. A far cry from what was on offer when EK first started its ULH to JFK and then again upgraded it with the A380. Been downhill ever since.
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Old Mar 2, 16, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by nmc980 View Post
I think it was m3red that recommended the 2003 Chateau Certan de May. Thank you! Enjoyed a bottle and a half flying back from LGW on the weekend
I have a bottle at home that EK gave me. Looking forward to that.

The food on EK is average I agree but occasionally its good. Can't go wrong with Caviar champagne and some starters which are usually better than the mains...
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Old Mar 2, 16, 9:53 am
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I blame all of you guys and the lurkers for drinking the lounges dry of Vega Sicilia Unico 2000 last month. Now it's only the 03/04 Cos d'Estournel.
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Old Nov 1, 16, 10:48 am
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Sadly - this is still the case, lots of overlap between F and C meals on both EU-DXB flights and DXB-US flights.

I'll be flying EK F next week (EU-DXB-US), and noticed, for example that the only F meals that don't not appear on the J menu on my ULH are the vegetarian pasta dish & fish dish. The remaining 3 mains are the same.
On my EU-DXB, 3 of the 5 meals are also the same - only two that appear on the F menu and not the J menu are the Pasta and the Fish dishes.

Of course, appetizers and desserts are a bit different - though there' still some overlap there.
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Old Nov 1, 16, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by bostonbali View Post
Sadly - this is still the case, lots of overlap between F and C meals on both EU-DXB flights and DXB-US flights.

I'll be flying EK F next week (EU-DXB-US), and noticed, for example that the only F meals that don't not appear on the J menu on my ULH are the vegetarian pasta dish & fish dish. The remaining 3 mains are the same.
On my EU-DXB, 3 of the 5 meals are also the same - only two that appear on the F menu and not the J menu are the Pasta and the Fish dishes.

Of course, appetizers and desserts are a bit different - though there' still some overlap there.
It's the case on all routes.
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Old Nov 1, 16, 1:35 pm
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IMHO, the real advantage of F meal is "eat on demand". You are not forced to eat one hour after take-off, whatever the time of the day.
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