In First and Business Class, Qatar Airways has fully reinstated the pre-pandemic inflight dining experience for premium passengers by returning individual table layouts and eliminating meal trays.
The restored service will first be available on the Doha-based airline’s flights to London and Paris before being expanded to the rest of its network in early 2022.
In comparison to many other airlines, Qatar Airways’ pandemic-era dining experience appeared to be rather normal. While other airlines eliminated practically all chances for passengers to eat or drink, Qatar Airways maintained to serve full three-course meals on porcelain tableware.
Table layouts were pre-prepared on a serving tray, and food was given with plastic covers, in an effort to minimise touch between workers and clients. As an added measure of sanitation, cutlery was also wrapped.
Despite rising Omicron infection rates in the UK and France, Qatar Airways has opted to reinstate its pre-pandemic service on important London and Paris routes using its Airbus A380 superjumbo.
Tables will be set with “crisp white” linen, and silverware and chinaware will be placed immediately on the linen.
Qatar Airways’ premium dining experience was reinvented in 2018 with new dinnerware and accessories, such as small condiment grinders and linen-lined bread baskets. For First Class passengers, the airline added a “improved” caviar service that came “with a Balik-style salmon and presented on a unique crystal platter.”
“The past year and a half has been a challenging period for the aviation industry, however we grew stronger and became more resilient as time went by,” commented chief executive Akbar Al Baker.
“Today, we are happy to mark a new chapter that brings us a step closer to the recovery of the pandemic. Passengers will now be able to further enjoy Qatar Airways’ world-renowned in-flight services onboard our flights between Doha, London and Paris with more destinations to follow.”