U.K. airline British Airways is introducing the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, to fly selected routes from the London Heathrow Airport. On Sept. 24, the new twin-deck aircraft will make its first flight between London and Los Angeles, and later, flights to Hong Kong and Johannesburg will be added. Not only does the new plane offer a unique travel experience due to its size, but the A380 will also be serving brand-new in-flight dining menus for its passengers.
The new menus, designed by The Langham, are offered to passengers flying in the first and Club World class, and the five-course tasting menu is a never-before-seen concept for the airline, taking diners on a "gastronomic journey with a combination of flavors brought together to work in the air," a press release reveals.
"The Langham hospitality group has hotels in London and Los Angeles, so we were delighted to work with British Airways to create a bespoke menu which works so well with British Airways’ first-class service in the sky," Duncan Palmer, The Langham London’s managing director, said in the press release.
The five-course tasting menu will offer travelers dishes such as poached lobster with Charentais melon, mango, and shiso salad; chicken tea with goji berries; and braised pork belly and cheek with heritage carrots, peaches, bok choy, and lemongrass-lime sauce.
The "afternoon tea" menu served on the flight from London to Los Angeles only, will offer a range of light tea sandwiches, artisan pastries such as English rose macaroons with raspberry and lime jelly, and warm homemade scones served with clotted cream and organic strawberry preserves. The menu is inspired by the range of indulgent delicacies offered at Palm Court at The Langham, London, where the tradition of afternoon tea is said to have started more than 140 years ago.
In addition to the new menu, passengers will be treated to a range of champagnes and an English sparkling wine during flights.