British Airways‘ elite First Class cabins are normally the preserve of A-list celebrities, royalty, business titans, politicians and Lotto winners.
The luxurious ‘turn left’ area of the plane is an upscale haven with suites featuring seats that turn into beds with duvets, exclusive amenities and service that is attentive but never intrusive.
And, of course, the food and drink dished up at 38,000ft is simply stellar.
While international travel for Brits is still off limits thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, now it’s possible to recreate the meal magic at home with a new delivery service.
The flag carrier has teamed with its catering partner DO & CO and recipe box brand Feast Box to create a limited-edition innovative package with First Class airline standard menus and ingredients which mirror the BA on-board dining experience.
Each cook-at-home meal kit includes a four-course menu inspired by the prestigious BA cabin and customers can choose meat, fish or vegetarian cuisine to prepare with a recipe sheet and they also receive a ‘passport’ information card.
The kits cost £80 each, serve two people and are now available to order with deliveries beginning next week. Feast Box says it hopes to be able distribute chilled packs everywhere in mainland England, Wales and Scotland, though some postcodes may be out of the reach for its couriers.
Some 500 kits will be available for despatching in the first week, and during that launch period deliveries will also include a bottle of Hampshire’s Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine – currently served in British Airways’ First cabin and made exclusively for the airline.
Hamish McVey, Head of Brands and Marketing at BA, said: “We hope that this exclusive First experience will allow our customers who are missing flying to enjoy an amazing dining experience at home.
”British Airways, Feast Box and DO & CO take huge pride in offering top quality international cuisine, and although it might appear a little different being delivered to a customer’s door rather than at 38,000ft, we hope it will be just as exciting.”
Both the outer and interior packaging of the meal kits consists of recyclable, compostable or biodegradable materials. The food is seasonally sourced where possible from the UK and Ireland.
Customers can share the images of their dining experience at home with the airline on its social media pages using #BAFirstFeast
1. Salmon starter
What’s included? Loch Fyne smoked salmon timbale with honey mustard dressing
2. Slow cooked British beef
What’s included? Slow cooked British beef cheeks with Jalapeno potato gratin, tenderstem broccoli and chimichurri.
3. Bread and Butter pudding
What’s included? Dark chocolate & orange liqueur bread & butter pudding with vanilla sauce.
4. Cheese selection
What’s included? Cheese selection of Caws Golden cenarth, Snowdonia Black Bomber Cheddar, Harrogate blue and Kidderton ash goats cheese with fig chutney.
On a BA flight from Heathrow to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2016 I was lucky enough to get an upgrade to First Class.
It was as wonderful as it sounds and a stupendous flying experience – like all your Christmases and birthdays rolled into one. You’ve hit the travel lottery jackpot.
The food and drink was, of course, superb and I was intrigued to see how the new BA delivery service would compare.
Well, you might not be on a whisper quiet jet heading across the Atlantic to South America at 38,000ft, but it’s a magnificent home meal treat for sure.
Taking about an hour to prepare the enture menu, the salmon starter was melt in the mouth moist, as was the beef cheek, with that and the accompanying Jalapeno potato gratin and broccoli all boosted by the boisterous chimichurri sauce.
Bread and butter pudding isn’t normally my thing, but it was light and beautifully flavoured with chocolate and orange.
All the cheeses excelled – the sourdough crackers are a winner – and there were no complaints about the portion size, you will not go hungry with this package.
The Hattingley Valley English sparkling wine was simply an outstanding complement to it all.
It’s not cheap, but it is a fabulous food flight of fancy you’ll remember for a very long time.
Where to buy one
The meal kits can be ordered at feastbox.co.uk/britishairways to be delivered direct to your home.
- Each box includes a donation of water pipes, chlorine tablets and medical kits for use by Action For Hunger in malnourished communities around the world.
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