Most people find airplane food bland, unappetising and a waste of that expensive flight ticket. Some travellers even pack their own food to avoid tucking into the airline's offering.
Seeing the effect that "bad airplane food" has on the majority of travellers, airlines have decided to shape up their food offerings to create one-of-a-kind meals that bring a smile to their passengers’ faces.
One of them is Qatar Airways. Photographer Zanele Zulu and I were among select guests who got to witness the arrival of the Airbus A350-900 fly into Durban for the first time and sample the airline’s Business Class offering.
While we did not fly from Durban to Doha, we got a peek at what travellers get to enjoy on Business Class at the uMphafa lounge.
Alfred Seanego from LSG Sky Chefs is one of the culinary visionaries behind Qatar’s menus. The company does catering on four of their flights from Durban. With everyone’s glasses filled, Seanego explained the menu offerings and what distinguished Qatar from other airlines. He said the utmost care is taken to prepare quality meals for travellers.
"Tests undertaken by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany a few years ago scientifically showed an increase in the so-called odour- and taste-threshold on board caused by the low-pressure environment. This means that meals must be seasoned and spiced more to evoke the same satisfying taste as on the ground," he said.
"The airline catering plays a nuanced game with spices in order to create the combination and flavour intensity suitable for passengers' tastes and preferences. It is important to consider the various nationalities the airline caters for," he continued.