BA Euroflyer announces new onboard menus and buy-on-board options

BA Euroflyer, the Gatwick-based short-haul subsidiary of British Airways, has said that it has expanded the options available for customers to purchase in Euro Traveller (economy) and launched new seasonal menus in Club Europe (business class).

The airline, in association with its retail partner Tourvest, has expanded its onboard offering by introducing new purchase options during the flight. Customers were previously only able to pre-order fresh food, or purchase snacks during their journey. The new introductions for customers include fresh Tom Kerridge Chicken Coronation sandwiches and Sweet & Spicy Falafel wraps, which can be bought on board without pre-ordering. Customers can also purches Jimmy’s Iced Coffee or Punchy soft drinks.

Tom Stoddart, Chief Executive Officer of BA Euroflyer and Cityflyer, said: ‘We know that some customers want to order items in the moment, so we are delighted to give Euro Traveller customers the option to not only to pre-purchase, but to also order fresh food during the flight. For those travelling in Club Europe, we have a number of delicious complimentary dishes and drinks for them to select from. We want to set ourselves apart from other carriers at Gatwick. We are the only airline to offer a business class product on every flight and a loyalty programme, coupled with our competitive fares, we have something to suit all holidaymakers.’

Customers travelling in Club Europe will have complimentary drinks and a full meal service as part of their ticket. Seasonal dishes on the airline’s lunch or dinner menu this month include lemon pepper roasted chicken salad, wild mushroom risotto or a chickpea and curried coconut salad. Customers travelling in the morning can have a traditional English breakfast, cheese omelette or a charcuterie board. The airline also offers afternoon tea, a range of finger sandwiches and sweet treats.

Meanwhile, customers travelling on British Airways’ short-haul flights from Heathrow will also soon be able to purchase fresh produce during their flight, in addition to the current retail and pre-purchase fresh food option that is available. The airline will introduce this across the short-haul network on flights over three hours from the end of April, with other selected routes to follow in the coming months.

BA Euroflyer has recently added Egyptian holiday hotspot, Sharm El Sheikh, to its network. The service will operate three times per week from November 3 throughout the winter season, with a fourth service on Saturdays until December 15, 2023. The inaugural flight to Sharm El Sheikh will be British Airways’ first Avios-Only flight, with 100 per cent of seats available to Executive Club Members. The airline is also set to add a brand new service to Montpellier in France from May 27 operating three times weekly.

Virgin Atlantic announces new Autumn/Winter onboard menu

Virgin Atlantic has introduced its new Autumn/Winter menu across all cabins, with a focus on seasonal and destination inspired dishes.

Upper Class customers will be welcomed with a glass of Hambledon English sparkling wine paired with British raspberries and sweet rhubarb tonic, or Champagne and rosemary truffle artisan crisps. The new additions to the Upper Class menu include dishes such as thyme and garlic roasted chicken with dauphinoise potatoes, baby carrots, tender stem broccoli and peppercorn sauce; miso and sesame crusted salmon with sweet potato puree, among others.

Virgin Atlantic has also expanded its Upper Class Extra Bites menu, with the addition of cream tea with fudge scones and clotted cream, salted caramel spread and strawberry jam. Customers can also choose from a gourmet fish goujon hot sandwich served with tartare sauce, and a chicken Caesar club sandwich served with salted crisps.

Virgin Atlantic has also added to its pre-order menu, where Upper Class and Premium customers can pre-select their inflight meals between 72-24 hours of departure.

Virgin Atlantic has also introduced new beverages to its onboard menu, including Brooklyn Pilsner, Cobra lager, and Lucky Saint non-alcoholic beer. Also available onboard is the Brook Ridge Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, Diemersdal Pinotage from South Africa, and Soave and Pinot Noir from the family-owned Gianni Tessari estate.

Premium customers will have a fresh seasonal menu to choose from, with highlights including hearty chicken casserole with mustard mash and buttered savoy cabbage; classic shepherd’s pie, vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes or Thai green vegetable curry with steamed jasmine rice. For breakfast, Premium customers have a new selection of hot cooked breakfasts, served with seasonal fruit, yoghurt, and breakfast pastries.

Meanwhile the Economy class features dishes such as chicken tikka masala with saffron rice, red quinoa and green peas and creamy macaroni cheese with a panko and cheese crumb. Customers can also enjoy an on-demand pantry offering sweet and savoury snacks.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer, Virgin Atlantic said: ‘We’re pleased to announce an enhanced food and drinks service on board. By creating new dishes and working with new partners, we’re bringing a more personal, unique Virgin Atlantic experience for all our customers during the Autumn/Winter season.

‘Creating magical moments for our customers is what we do best; delighting them from the moment they step on board to when they land into their destination. We will continue to develop our inflight offering, as our customers do business, visit family, or seek winter sun for that much needed holiday.’

Flybe offers up to 20% discount on limited time seat sale; refreshes onboard menu for summer 2018

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, is offering a limited time seat sale on a range of routes for summer 2018, with discounts of up to 20 percent on half a million seats.

The 2018 summer sale includes flights to Europen destinations such as Amsterdam, Biarritz, Milan, Paris and Rome. The seat sale features routes departing from 28 UK airports covering Newquay to Inverness, as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The routes on offer include Birmingham to Milan Malpensa, Exeter to Alicante, Edinburgh to Cardiff, Liverpool to Belfast City, Southampton to Verona and more.

Booking is available through to midnight on April 25 at, effective for travel from May 8 through to July 19, 2018. The Flybe sale also includes a selection of routes operated by two of Flybe’s franchise partners, Stobart Air and Blue Islands.

In addition, Flybe has also refreshed its on board Cafe Flybe menu for summer 2018 to include a variety of healthy snacks and new additions to its Connoisseurs’ Gin Bar. The airline will now offer a new Breakfast Box including a croissant filled with cocoa cream, a bag of mixed dried fruit, a Nutri-Grain breakfast bar and Tic Tacs.

Customers can also purchase snacks from Graze that include a Veggie Protein Power pack and a vegan friendly Lively Lemon Flapjack. Another healthy snack on offer for summer 2018 is Joe & Sephs Coconut and Chia Popcorn, a blend of caramel with desiccated coconut and chia seeds. British biscuit classics, McVitie’s Shortbread and Milk Chocolate Digestives also feature on the Cafe Flybe menu. The Connoisseurs’ Gin Bar features an assortment of regional gins including Brecon from Penderyn in Wales, Tarquin’s from Cornwall and Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger gin.

Flybe’s chief commercial officer, Roy Kinnear, commented, ‘We want to provide our passengers with the best possible choice when they travel with us. The new healthy additions to Cafe Flybe mean that whether they are flying to an early morning meeting or heading home late in the evening, there is always something enticing to choose from.’