Pegasus Airlines have one of the largest pre-order meal ranges for a low-cost airline and these meals are also some of the tastiest dishes you’ll eat. There are 26 different airline meals that you can pre-order, to achieve this quality product they work with one of the best inflight caterers in the industry Do&Co.
I recently took a flight from Zurich to Istanbul and caught up with the team from Pegasus and Do&Co catering for a behind the scenes look at their operation.
During the booking process, you will be shown a range of meals that can be pre-ordered. You can save about 30% on onboard prices by pre-ordering. These meals represent excellent value for money when compared to similar offerings on other airlines.
Pegasus tells me that the most popular hot dishes are the grilled meatballs and the chicken schnitzel. These meals offer great value, especially when you consider the quality of the product.
Their buy onboard menu also offers:
Five different sandwiches- Turkey, Beef, Feta Cheese, Chicken and Mini.
Thirteen various soft drinks- Coke range, Juices, Water.
Seven alcohol options- Red/White wine, Efes Beer, Absolut Vodka, Chivas and Jack Daniels.
Coffee/Tea from Nescafe.
Eight different snack options- Pringles, croissants, nuts etc.
Five various chocolates- Kit Kat, M&M’s, Toblerone, Milka, Snickers.
Seven more snack options- Noodles, Muesli, Fresh Fruit, Salad and Soup.
My flight from Zurich to Istanbul was only 2hrs 35mins, I forgot to pre-order a meal, but it wasn’t an issue as you can also buy hot meals during your flight.
Ten mins after takeoff the crew commenced the inflight service and it took them 30 minutes to complete the service.
I purchased the Chicken Schnitzel dish it’s quite similar to the Austrian Airlines pre-order schnitzel, just a slightly smaller version. The salad was fresh, the chocolate mousse was amazing, the schnitzel was delicious and the fresh lemon added some zest to the meal.
THE INFLIGHT KITCHEN
I met up with the team from Pegasus and their inflight catering team from Do&Co at their inflight kitchen. Around 3000 people a day pre-order a meal on the Pegasus website, these are then made at the Do&Co facility which is 10 minutes away from Istanbul Sabiha Gocken Airport. The unit makes around 35,000 meals daily and is only two years old before this kitchen existed meals were prepared over 60km away at Ataturk airport.
Do&Co create fantastic delicious menus, and everything they produce is generally made from scratch, this is not common in the airline catering industry.
Pegasus is only one of a few airlines to offer a freshly made Sushi meal. You can only order it on flights ex Istanbul; this is because the airline wants to provide the freshest possible sushi. You can guess what was for lunch after the tour, and it was delicious and so fresh.
It was quite interesting to watch the chicken schnitzel meals being prepared, empty trays move along the conveyer belt and are filled with potatoes first, as they move further down the chicken is added.
Finally, the meals are wrapped and then placed onto these large trays, ready to be distributed to inflight trolleys.
A big thanks to the team from Pegasus and the Do&Co Gourmet Entertainment company for arranging this kitchen tour for me.