Flying in Business Class is not just about being comfortable. While it is important that you are relaxed, at ease and have everything you need to make a long-haul flight enjoyable, Business Class flights also offer some unique dining experiences not to be missed. Many airlines work with celebrated chefs from around the world, producing tantalising menus and fine-dining experiences at 30,000 feet in the air. Below we take a look at our top five airlines Business Class cuisine.
Dining in Business Class with Emirates is an experience in itself, giving you the opportunity to explore the world through your taste buds. Emirates Business Class dining has something for everyone; from light, healthy options to delicious meals rich in flavour. Meals are beautifully presented on Royal Doulton fine bone china, bringing a touch of luxury to your in-flight dining experience. Each meal is made from locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.
Right from your arrival, you can expect to sip on complimentary champagne, a cocktail, spirits or vintage wines. The Emirates Business Class menu consists of gourmet dishes that are creatively inspired by the local flavours of your destination, providing you with a taste of the country before you have even landed. Each course is a regionally inspired dish, from delicate starters to lavish desserts.
Of course, no meal is complete without a suitable beverage. All Emirates Business Class flights have a carefully selected choice of wines and beverages to compliment all dishes, from fine wines to luxury spirits.
Something to try: The new Emirates Japanese dining experience, available on flights to Osaka or Tokyo, is sure to get your taste buds tingling. Top Emirates chefs have collaborated with local experts to bring the authentic flavours of Japan right to your table.
Cathay Pacific, one of the top airlines in the world, works closely with chefs of reputable and celebrated restaurants and hotels from Hong Kong and around the world to create attractive menus suitable for all palates. On a long-haul Cathay Pacific Business Class flight you can expect white-cloth table service and award-winning wines to compliment your dishes.
Cathay Pacific is currently in the process of introducing a brand new dining concept to all long-haul business flights, guaranteed to take the in-flight dining experience to a brand new level. The concept was announced by the airline in July and is set to be available across its long-haul network by mid-2019.
You can expect newspaper-style menus offering impressive dishes and articles on food trends. Passengers are invited to try three appetisers with their lunch or dinner meals, with dishes marked ‘Most Loved’ being available as a snack at any point throughout the flight. For those who want some extra sleep, express meals are served just one hour before arrival, rather than the standard two hours.
As far as quality is concerned, Cathay Pacific is not one to disappoint. All ingredients are, of course, sustainable and sourced locally in season. Light and healthy meals are available for those who do not want to over-indulge.
Something to try: The current sample dinner menu for a long-haul business flight includes salmon gravlax with pickled cucumber as a starter and Grilled Australian prime beef tenderloin served with fine haricot vert, carrot, roasted new potatoes and a red wine jus as a main dish. A selection of fine cheeses, desserts and beverages follow.
During a Business Class flight with Singapore Airlines, you really can expect nothing but the best. Every culinary detail is carefully considered – right down to how dishes will taste at 30,000 feet under cabin pressure. It is no secret that rich flavours taste mild under cabin pressure, which is why Singapore Airlines test of all their carefully created dishes in a simulated pressurised cabin. If that’s not dedication to a tasty in-flight meal, we don’t know what is.
‘Book the Cook’ is a feature offered on Suites, First Class and Business Class Singapore Airlines flights, providing you with the ultimate dining experience in the air. ‘Book the Cook’ allows passengers to choose from an extensive range of carefully designed meals 24 hours before the flight, including dishes inspired by the airlines’ International Culinary Panel, featuring the likes of Carlo Cracco, Georges Blanc and Suzanne Goin. This meal is then served as your main course during your flight.
Singapore Airlines understand that children can be picky when it comes to food which is why they offer Yummy!, an in-flight meal service for children who are travelling in First and Business Class. There is plenty for little ones to choose from, from chicken and vegetable lasagne and seafood fried rice to simpler dishes such as fish finger battalions and macaroni and cheese.
Something to try: ‘Book the Cook’ meals on a Business Class flight from London currently include Cantonese roast duck with vegetables and steamed rice, Lobster Thermidor served with grilled asparagus, roasted diced tomatoes with herbs and fingerling potatoes and pad thai noodles with chicken and prawns.
On an Etihad Business Class flight you can expect to be looked after by the culinary specialists. Food and beverage managers at Etihad are in fact hospitality experts with experience of working in some of the most prestigious restaurants and hotels around the world, meaning that your taste buds will be in good hands.
Business Class flights with Etihad offer a Dine Anytime service, giving you the freedom to decide exactly when and what you would like to eat. The Dine Anytime menu proudly boasts exclusivity and is created with inspiration from the best upmarket bistros around the world, offering boutique wine lists bought from a small vineyard. Dine Anytime allows you to dine on demand and is perfect for those who may not be ready to tuck into three gourmet courses at one particular time.
The food and beverage managers are on hand at all times to offer recommendations and to guide you on the perfect accompaniments for your dishes, providing caviar service that sets the dining experience above the rest.
Something to try: The Dine Anytime service offers an a la carte menu consisting of fresh and simple dishes and dishes, available at any time. We recommend trying a traditional Emirati dish, available on the menu – and don’t forget to ask your waiter for their recommendation from the boutique wine cellar.
Rather than separating Business Class and First Class, Virgin Atlantic offers a single premium class – Virgin Upper Class – for those looking to travel for business and in style.
On a Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flight you can expect champagne on arrival, followed by the finest food and drink during your journey. Virgin Atlantic work closely with original and celebrated chefs to create tantalising dishes bursting with flavour. To ensure that passengers receive the best dining experience possible, Virgin Atlantic sets out each luxurious table with designer linen, cutlery and plates.
The extensive menu offers both hot and cold choices, including traditional British dishes such as full cooked breakfasts and afternoon tea. If you want to explore other dishes and leave British foods at home, the menu boasts tasty dishes from all over the world, cooked by professional chefs just for you.
Sweets, fruit, snacks and drinks are always available to pick up from the onboard bar. Finally, no flight is complete without a beverage. Complimentary wines, spirits, cocktails and beers are available throughout the flight and there is even the option of pre-dinner drinks for those who fancy an aperitif.
Something to try: A typical Upper Class menu includes chicken satay with cashew nut dipping sauce for starter, followed by seafood linguine (seared salmon, scallops and king prawns with linguine pasta served with roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh pea shoots) as a main dish. Desserts include warm chocolate salted caramel pudding and apple blackberry crisp – not forgetting cheese and biscuits to finish.
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