In August, Qatar Airways announced that they would be introducing the ability to pre-select meals for flights. The airline only made it available for Business and First Class flights and the regions where it was first offered was pretty small. Australia, The United States and Europe, Guangzhou and Bangkok were the only regions that had access to the new platform. After having it in place for a couple of months, the airline found that it’s been very popular and has decided to introduce it into 2 more markets.
Pre-select dining works by being able to select what meals you would like to enjoy on your flight ahead of time instead of having to choose off the menu. This is great for fussy eaters or people who have allergies etc. With Qatar, you’d be able to select your choices 14 days prior to your flight which is quite good timing.
Qatar has just announced that the new regions that would receive pre-select dining will be Africa and Asia.
This is great news because Qatar has a large presence in Africa but also a massive presence in Asia and they’re both key markets for the airline. Again, the airline only allows Business and First Class passengers to pre-select their meals but it’s still great to see the carrier expand it.
Here’s a statement from the carrier and CEO, Akbar Al Baker:
“Following its highly successful introduction in August, we have decided to extend our popular Pre-Select Dining service for passengers flying on long-haul flights from Doha to select destinations in Africa and Asia. This gives even more of our First and Business Class passengers the opportunity to pre-select their meals before they fly and is a highly-valued enhancement to our already unrivalled onboard experience. It also reinforces why we were recognised as the Airline of Year at this year’s 2017 Skytrax awards, motivating us to continue innovating to offer our unparalleled five-star service.”
Overall, this is a great move from the carrier and it’s one a lot of passengers will be happy with. Could it expand to Economy? I doubt it but if it shows and continues to be successful it may happen. After all, Qatar are always full of surprises 😉