Bmi Serves Up Haute Cuisine on the Fly

by  Andrew Hickey | Mar 26, 2009
Upscale airplane food
Upscale airplane food / Aureliy/iStock

A chef approaches you and explains tonight’s menu: a tantalizing combination of appetizers and entrées that can be mixed and matched according to the whims of your palate. No, this isn’t a night out at some five-star restaurant – it's pretty much the norm onboard British airline bmi's business class cabin, courtesy of their exemplary in-flight chef service. Travelers that are looking for more than a fancy bag of peanuts and complimentary cocktail on their next business-class flight, have found their pie in the sky.

While the airline has used in-flight chefs for business class travelers since 2001, their continuous restaurant-style menu improvements are what has caught our eye. Case in point: bmi recently introduced made-to-order omelets and Horlicks sleep potion (a traditional English bedtime malted drink) on their business class menu.

Unfortunately, bmi will no longer operate direct routes between the U.S. and London Heathrow (where it is the second largest airline in terms of total slots after British Airways) come next month. However, passengers travelling on specific United or US Airways flights to/from Heathrow via bmi’s code-share agreement will have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining at 35,000 feet. Bmi code share is available from such U.S. cities as Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Airline food where people actually ask for seconds? What a world we live in.

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