British Airways has confirmed that it’s ending its contract with Marks & Spencer to supply inflight meals on short-haul flights in economic system class.
A spokesperson for BA mentioned: “We proudly launched our buy-on-board catering in 2017 with excessive avenue favorite, M&S.
“After a profitable journey, we’re headed off on a brand new flight path. We look ahead to asserting our thrilling new buy-on-board proposition with a fantastic British model that clients have advised us they love.”
An M&S spokesperson mentioned,: “We’re proud to have been a provider to BA’s short-haul meals service since 2017.
“Our partnership was all the time as a consequence of finish this yr and we have now agreed to not renew. M&S Meals continues to concentrate on creating its wider franchise partnerships.”
In response to The Solar, the 2 essential contenders for the brand new contract are Waitrose and Greggs. The Unbiased has requested each corporations to remark.
Till then, BA had all the time insisted that free inflight catering is a necessary a part of its product, promising clients: “Every time and wherever you’re travelling, we provide a complimentary snack or meal and bar service.”
Some passengers complained that the airline was turning into easyJet, which has charged for meals and drinks since its inception in 1995.
However Mr Cruz mentioned: “I firmly consider what we’re delivering breaks the mould and units a brand new normal in short-haul catering.”
Passengers have been invited to style “favourites from the M&S Foodhall,” comparable to a £1 packet of crisps and a £4.95 “buffalo mozzarella and tomato focaccia”.
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Because the coronavirus pandemic started, the “purchase on board” possibility has been withdrawn by British Airways to minimise contact with crew.
As an alternative, all economic system passengers are handed a plastic bag containing a 25ml bottle of water, a biscuit and a packet of crisps.
One unimpressed passenger advised The Unbiased: “It is fully bonkers. They’re handing out bottles of water and packets of crisps, so each passenger promptly removes their face protecting mid-flight to drink the water and eat the crisps.
“Touching the face masks is meant to scale back its effectiveness, until its anti-bacterial properties are magically restored by the pungent aftermath of consuming a bag of salt and vinegar crisps.”
British Airways continues to supply complimentary foods and drinks in long-haul economic system and all premium courses.