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British Airways Announces New Partnership with Chef Tom Kerridge

by Luke Will

British Airways has today announced that it will be partnering with the British Michelin-starred chef, Tom Kerridge, who has designed a number of gourmet food items, which include signature pies and sandwiches, to pre-purchase for the airline’s Euro Traveller (short haul economy) customers.

Renewed Focus in Short-Haul Passenger Experience

The move marks a renewed focus on the short haul passenger experience, which also includes the completion of a full WiFi rollout across the all-Airbus short haul fleet, as well as the ability to pre-order duty free items directly to your seats through its inflight retail site, Highlifeshop.

The airline will also continue to offer complimentary refreshments in Euro Traveller on all fights comprising of a bottle of water and a snack: Such as a breakfast bar or crisps. Those wishing to purchase more substantial food options, designed by Tom Kerridge, as well as other food and drink items can do so through the airline’s the new online Speedbird Café hosted on British Airways’ inflight retail site: A transition to an easier ordering experience for passengers.

Speedbird Café will launch as a pre-order proposition, which will allow customers to customise their journey by purchasing food, drink and inflight retail items up to 12 hours before departure. It also helps the airline in its efforts to reduce onboard waste as part of its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

What can one eat from the menu?

The dishes designed by Tom Kerridge have been created with a special focus on British provenance and include a series of both meat, vegetarian and vegan options including:

  • Warm Steak & Ale Pie
  • The Ham Hock & Smoked Cheddar Sandwich
  • The Spiced Cauliflower Tortilla Wrap (Vegan)
  • The Chicken, Bacon and Celery Brioche
  • The Brie Ploughman’s Sandwich (Vegetarian)

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said:

“Over the last few months we know that our customers have valued the complimentary refreshments offered, so they’re here to stay. But in addition, we also wanted to offer more choice and the ability to buy something more substantial. After a successful partnership with M&S, we have teamed up with another British favourite, chef Tom Kerridge.

“Our expert teams have worked closely with Tom to create delicious British staples for our short haul menu. We know how popular the menus that Tom designed for our centenary were with our customers, so we are delighted to be working with him again and can’t wait for our customers to experience his fantastic new food at 35,000ft.”

The Chef and Designer of the new menu, Tom Kerridge said:

“I am truly happy to be working with British Airways again, and to have the opportunity to champion the best of British to so many people.  A sandwich, made with care and great flavours, can be a perfect meal and I hope the passengers enjoy my short haul menu.”

 

Other Passenger Experience Changes

The airline will also be introducing another alcoholic beverage from BrewDog IPA, exclusively available for British Airways’ customers. The Scottish craft brewery has developed another exciting blend for the airline called JetSteam, following on from the popular limited edition Speedbird 100.

Elsewhere, the airline will also be moving to the next phase of its on-board catering experience in Club Europe and on all long haul flights from 20 January 2021, following the temporary introduction of minimum-contact meal boxes to keep customers safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. The airline’s culinary teams have been working with world class caterers, Do&Co, to develop exciting new menus in its Club Europe and all other long haul cabins, as well as adapting the meal service to reintroduce china and glassware.

Will you be taking to the sky onboard BA’s Euro Traveller to taste the new menu? Let us know in the comments below and include your thoughts!

 

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