Qatar Airways revamps premium dining offering

29 May 2018 by Mark Caswell
Qatar Airways' revamped inflight menus

Qatar Airways has launched new inflight dining menus and products for its business and first class passengers.

The new range – which is debuting on the carrier’s European routes – includes new menus, tableware, cutlery and chinaware.

The airline says it has also “put a greater focus on featuring regional influences within the menu design process”.

This means signature dishes based on route destinations, such as porcini and truffle risotto on Italian sectors, although Arabic dishes including kabsa, biryani and flame-grilled meats will continue to feature “on most routes”.

Qatar Airways' revamped inflight menu

There will also be new warm dessert options in business class, as well as afternoon tea on selected routes, and Qatar Airways says it has “recognised the emerging trend of its travellers being more aware of their dietary needs and expressing interests in healthier food options”, with new lighter options including salads, woodland berries, warm breakfast oatmeal and cold pressed juices.

In first class there is now an “enhanced caviar service”, accompanied with “Balik-style salmon and showcased on a bespoke crystal plate”.

Aside from the revamped menus, tableware additions include new mini condiment grinders and linen-lined bread baskets.

Commenting on the changes CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the carrier was “collaborating closely with local farms and suppliers to produce products for our specific needs, promoting a ‘farm-to-table’ approach”, adding that the menus were “designed to align with the four seasons, better incorporating the use of locally-grown produce and tapping into authentic foods of local provenance delivering the very highest international standards”.

Last year Qatar Airways launched a pre-order dining service for premium customers on selected routes, enabling passengers to pre-select one main course from the a la carte menu between 14 days and 24 hours before take-off.

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