30 JULY 2018
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Meals individually plated and delivered to passengers by hand rather than by trolley are being introduced by Cathay Pacific as part of what the airline calls its new “Business Class dining concept”.
The company says it is adopting a more personalised and upmarket approach, with the meal service taking a step closer to a first-class experience. Cathay says it will also result in a quieter and calmer cabin environment, especially on late-night flights.
Passengers will have a choice between three appetisers and up to six main course dishes on flights over ten hours in the initial launch of the service to Chicago from today and Gatwick from next month. Heathrow joins the list in December.
In between, the service will be introduced on Frankfurt, Manchester and Washington DC in September; Amsterdam, Paris and Johannesburg in October, and Madrid, Brussels and Barcelona in November.
There are also new eight-page Business Class menus not only detailing the meals and drinks available on a flight but including foodie-friendly articles and chefs revealing their favourite places to eat both in Hong Kong and around the world.
Another feature is breakfast cards for passengers to fill in before sleeping so they can wake to what Cathay Pacific describes as a "hotel room-service" experience.
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Keith Wallis, Faversham
The first step towards ditching first class altogether?