Last updated: 09:49 AM ET, Tue August 04 2015

Restaurants Arrive in the Sky

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 04, 2015

Restaurants Arrive in the Sky

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Airplanes now have residences and apartments. Why not a restaurant?

Starting later this month, Lufthansa Airlines Business Class passengers can look forward to a completely new service on board long-haul flights when they can, quite literally, order off the menu.

According to the airline, the flight crew will individually respond to guests' needs and requests similar to an upscale restaurant. After the flight attendants have personally welcomed "their" guests on board by name, they take their orders and set the tray tables with ceramic tableware. Service plates will replace trays and flight trolleys when meals are served directly from the galley.

After the introductory flights in June and July on the Airbus A380 routes to New York (JFK) and Miami, the restaurant service was launched on the A380 services to the aforementioned cities plus Houston, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Delhi, Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Seoul and Singapore on Aug. 1. The service will then be introduced on flights with the Boeing 747-400 and 747-8 from Frankfurt on Oct. 1, and the Airbus A340 fleet from Frankfurt and Munich to Asia and the Middle East on Oct. 25.

Special service-training courses for around 4,500 flight attendants have been underway since May of this year. The approximately 130 flights on which the new concept has already been tested received a positive response from Business Class guests, Lufthansa said.


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