Until 24 November passengers travelling in World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World will be offered meals (with a choice) on trays. On flights where a second meal service is offered a cold snack will be provided most likely a sandwich and a choice of drinks.
Special meal requests are not available, and it’s not possible to pre-order economy class upgrade meals. You are welcome to bring food or drink; the crew onboard are not able to keep things chilled, or heat something. The cabin crew will still assist parents who need to heat milk for their children.
Short Haul Economy Class
Food or drinks will not be available to purchase onboard short-haul flights and the airline has terminated their agreement with Marks & Spencer for the buy on board offering. Instead, the airline will offer complimentary light refreshments and water. Hot drinks will be available on request.
If you would like to bring food onboard, it’s best to buy food before you reach the airport, as many restaurants and cafes are now closed.
British airways meals and snack are not included on short-haul flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick airport. For all other flights operated by British Airways meals/drinks and snacks will be included in your airfare. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak BA was rolling out new catering concepts in all cabin classes, this is part of a more significant improvement program which will focus on the food offering in all cabin classes.
For BA CityFlyer operated flights to/from London City, London Stansted, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester will continue to enjoy complimentary catering. But note that this will change to a buy on board program soon.
British Airways teamed up with M&S to offer a buy on board menu in economy class on short-haul flights. Executive Club members can pay for food using Avios (using the BA app) you can also pay with debit or credit cards offered by Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Apple Pay. Please note, cash payments, Solo, Electron and Maestro cards are not accepted.
You can view the latest M&S buy onboard menu for British Airways here.
On long haul, British Airways meals are included in the price of your ticket. Expect a four-course meal, followed by a lighter snack service just before landing at your destination. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are also free.
Meals are served based on your departure time:
Breakfast on flights leaving before 09:30
Brunch on flights leaving between 09:30 and 11:59
Lunch on flights leaving between 12:00 and 13:59
Afternoon Tea on flights leaving between 14:00 and 16:59
Dinner on flights departing after 17:00
Pre Order Upgrade Meals
British Airways offer economy class customers the opportunity to upgrade their economy class meal. There are currently six meal choices for customers flying from London.
Meals start from £16.00, and choices include Poached King Prawns, British Breakfast, Far East dish and many more. The BA upgrade meals are not available from London Gatwick but are available on all flights from Heathrow (except Sydney, Abuja and Hong Kong) you can pre-order from 30 days up to 24 hours before departure.
You can pre-order your economy class long haul upgrade meal right here.
If you are flying from London, the meals served to passengers in premium economy come from the business class cabin and for those passengers who are flying on Asian or African routes a locally inspired dish may be offered.
Premium economy class passengers can pre-order your meal by simply managing your booking on the BA website.
Passengers travelling in Club World on most flights can select their meal before their flight. Orders can be placed from 30 days up to 24 hours before your flight via the manage your booking function.
A new service concept was recently launched in Club World, which will see the cabin crew hand running most meals or using new carts. Expect to have your starter and the main meal ordered at the same time; there will be no more service trolleys in the cabin.
Starters and desserts are now chosen from the new carts in the cabin. Special meals are now delivered at the same time as everyone else’s meals. The airline is investing heavily in the inflight catering, so expect quality catering, especially from Heathrow from their partner Do&Co.
You can view sample menus from Club World right here.
Menus are now changed fortnightly with a focus on more British themed options. Expect to see Union Hand-Roasted coffee, Twinings Tea and other great British brands served in the cabin. For morning departures you will have the choice of up to three breakfast options including cured meats or smoked salmon, a hot English breakfast or a hot vegetarian breakfast.
Lunch and dinner will include an appetiser, main course choice and premium dessert. On shorter flights, you will have a choice of two fresh main course salads. Longer flights will offer three main course options ( two being hot offerings) and salad.
Passengers travelling in First on most flights can select their meal before their flight. Orders can be placed from 30 days up to 24 hours before your flight via the manage your booking function.
First Class passengers can also choose from express dining options and a la carte menus that are designed by leading chefs which include British favourites such as the English Breakfast.
For a sample, first-class menu check here.
Passengers flying First Class can indulge in the English tradition of Afternoon Tea. The selections onboard include sandwiches, cakes, pastries, scones and, of course, a specially created tea from Twinings. Concorde room dining is available for First Class passengers before departure, allowing you to dine before your flight to allow for sleep or more time to relax during your flight. This service is available at Heathrow Terminal 5 and New York JFK terminal.