8 May 2013 by Luke McCormick
Qantas domestic business customers will soon experience an international standard a la carte menu on all flights from the east coast of Australia to Perth.
Designed by Qantas Consulting Chef Neil Perry, the new contemporary way of dining will be served on all Sydney-Perth, Melbourne-Perth and Brisbane-Perth flights from late May.
Complementing the traditional three course menu already available, the new dining service includes a range of small and main plates as well as ‘small bites' to start.
Qantas Domestic Chief Executive Officer Lyell Strambi said Qantas continues to challenge the notion of traditional airline meal service by delivering modern, restaurant style experiences in the sky.
"The new format lets customers dine with greater flexibility, allowing them to rest, work or enjoy inflight entertainment at their leisure," Mr Strambi said.
"Our enhanced business class menu is just one part of the ongoing investment we're making into improving the experience for Qantas customers."
Neil Perry and his Rockpool team have worked closely with Qantas to develop and implement the new menu - from designing the dishes, to writing and testing the recipes.
"Qantas customers wanted more choice, this new dining experience delivers on this," Mr Perry said.
"The new menu gives customers a more contemporary dining experience too while still tapping into local produce and providing enough variation for frequent flyers."
The menu will mark the removal of tray-service as the airline moves to deliver a more restaurant style approach on-board.
Mr Strambi said the launch of the new menu coincides with the use of wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft on all weekday Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth flights as well as the completion of a $20 million program to refresh the airline's Boeing 767 fleet, which will be used on Brisbane-Perth flights.