Virgin Australia announces mammoth overhaul to in-flight dining

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Virgin Australia has announced one of its biggest menu updates to date: the airline is launching a range of new dishes just in time for winter.

On Tuesday, the airline unveiled new offerings across all cabin classes – including a revamped business class menu and 12 additions to the airline’s economy class inflight menu. This represents one of the biggest investments in its menu offering in five years.

Highlights in Business Class include: corn cakes with goat cheese and red pepper relish, cheese and chive crumpets with bacon, scrambled eggs and beans, pumpkin gnocchi, creamy pesto with optional chorizo, soba noodle salad with chicken and teriyaki dressing, and mango coconut cake and a white chocolate and macadamia cake for those with a sweet tooth.

In Economy Class, guests can now purchase an expanded selection of snacks and meals on board, in addition to the airline’s complimentary tea, coffee and water service.

The airline has revamped its most popular snack – crackers and cheese – to offer artisanal aged cheese and crackers. Virgin Australia said it sells more than 50,000 packs of the snack every month.

Some of the more substantial dishes available to purchase include sourdough toasties with ham and cheese, chicken and sun-dried tomato pesto wraps, and sourdough sandwiches with chicken salad.

Economy Class customers on longer routes to and from Perth or on selected international flights can also enjoy hot dishes including pesto pasta and Penang chicken curry, created by The St. Food Co.

Paul Jones, Virgin Australia’s chief customer and digital officer, said the changes were intended to give passengers more choice on board.

“We are proud to continue to evolve our food and beverage offering and today’s announcement represents one of the biggest investments in our onboard menu in five years, testament to our focus on making travelling with Virgin Australia wonderful,” Mr Jones said.

“Thanks to the introduction of digital wallets and Apple Pay, we have also made it easier than ever for our guests to pay for their food and beverages on board in Economy Class. This reflects changing global banking needs and our customers’ preference for paying using smartphone technology.

“Today’s announcement follows recent investments in customer experience, including the launch of our industry-first baggage tracking technology, a $110 million fleet modernization and more.”

The announcement comes just weeks after rival airline Qantas announced a change to its economy class in-flight menu, eliminating the offer of light snacks and making room for more hot meals.

In May, the airline announced that it would now offer gourmet breakfast burgers, Mediterranean pizza and cauliflower bites after updating its menu on domestic flights lasting more than two hours.

The new menu items will be introduced over the coming weeks and will feature premium local ingredients from Australian producers.

Other dishes include scrambled egg brioche with tomato relish from Yummy Karma, ciabatta rolls with Portuguese chicken and mango-lime jam from Handmade Food Co., carrot-squash fritters from Sunny Queen, and artisanal beef sausage rolls from Simmone Logue.

However, this means that popular lighter snacks such as cheese, crackers and sweet slices will no longer be served as they will be replaced by the hot selection.

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