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- Review: AI 131 Mumbai to London Heathrow, Business Class, Boeing 787-8
- Review: Plaza Premium Lounge, Arrivals Area, London Heathrow Terminal 2
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- Review: InterContinental Dublin, Junior Suite
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- Review: Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport
- 10 experiences to put on your list when visiting Dublin
- Restaurant Review: The Pig’s Ear, Dublin
- Review: DAA Executive Lounge, Dublin Airport Terminal 1
- British Airways Buy on Board Meals
The flight between London and Dublin was a non-event on the way out as well as back on the way in. Standard Economy class on both legs, however on an Embraer Regional Jet on the way from London City to Dublin, and on the way back we got an Airbus A321 operating the flight from Dublin to London Heathrow. So no trip reports here. However, given the roaches in the food at the Dublin Airport Lounge, I was now hungry on my flight to London, so this gave me an opportunity to try out British Airways’ Buy on Board Service.
For those of you who don’t know, British Airways did away with the (functional) catering in Economy class at the back of the bus on Short-haul routes (i.e., within Europe) as of January 2017, and introduced a buy-on-board catering service. Before that, I’d frequently receive a stroopwafel, bag of chips or something like that to munch on the way on short-haul flights, along with a drink of water, a hot beverage or a cold beverage.
No longer. So this time around I’d have to buy my sammich if I wanted to survive the hunger pang getting into London. Hence, I pulled out the BoB menu, and have to say, it was impressive with all the options on the table.
The food was all from Mark & Spencers, and looked premium. Of course, you can thank the photographers for that. Here is the Menu as I flipped through it.
Most items were very affordable and ranged from 2 to 5 pounds. You could also redeem your Avios for the purchase usually at the value of 8/10 of a penny which is horrible value, trust me!
I went with one of the special sandwiches BA/M&S had for the day, that cost me 4.85 GBP. Not bad I say.
The BA cabin crew brought along a massive machine to punch the credit card for the purchase and went away for a while to bring me the sandwich from the oven. Walking around the cabin, I did notice a lot of people buy on board (maybe 25-30%) of the people on the flight.
Now while I miss free cookies, I think I’d take a reasonably priced sandwich over that given it is at least slightly healthier and makes for a fuller meal than just eating a dose of carbs.
I’m pretty impressed by the buy-on-board experience of British Airways. However, those machines are a task to handle, so I’m sure there is a less complicated BA could figure out along the way to execute the process of collecting money or Avios for these purchases.
What has been your experience with Buy on Board on British Airways Regional Economy?