Qatar Airways has begun rolling out a number of changes to its economy class inflight dining offering, including increasing the size of hot meals served by as much as a quarter.

The changes started coming into effect at the start of this month, but will be rolled out across the airline’s network in phases.

Along with the overall increase in meal size, Qatar Airways has also created new, larger casserole dishes for some of its routes, while its medium- and long-haul services are getting a revamped inflight economy class menu.

“We have carefully crafted new dishes through collaborating with our global network of caterers to provide our customers with an authentic and indulgent experience in the skies,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group’s chief executive.

“Crafted with detail and quality, our new concepts will offer our passengers the highest of standards and ensure their journeys with us are second-to-none”.

The economy class menu revamp comes just over a month after Qatar Airways launched new inflight dining options for its business and first class passengers, including new tableware, cutlery and chinaware.

The new premium cabin menus, which have been debuting on the airline’s European routes, notably offer signature dishes based on route destinations, such as porcini and truffle risotto on Italian sectors. However, Arabic dishes including kabsa, biryani, and flame-grilled meats will continue to feature “on most routes”.

Airlines are increasingly giving their inflight dining offerings an overhaul, particularly by collaborating on new menus with established chefs.

Others have been introducing all-new concepts, such as Cathay Pacific, which will debut its new business class dining concept – including a “room service” style breakfast option – next week.

For an in-depth look into how airlines around the world are stepping up their in-flight catering game, take a look at our feature Inflight dining: High-flying tastes from the latest issue of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine.

Inflight dining: High-flying tastes