February 21 2017  |  Catering

airberlin adds cities to restaurant service

By Rick Lundstrom

Macaroni and Cheese with Lobster is available on airberlin's flights from JFK


Passengers on airberlin’s long-haul flights from Dusseldorf and flights from New York and Abu Dhabi can now order restaurant meals in advance on the carrier’s airgusto restaurant service in move announced earlier this month.

Beef lasagna from Abu DhabiThe service is available for passengers in Economy Class who order the meals no later than 12 hours before the flight. They can choose from a selection of more than 20 meals from 17 restaurants. The meals are prepared by airline catering chefs using the original meals recipes.

Among the offerings is the Menta Cucina Italiana dish. A restaurant called Seoul offers Korean cuisine on flights from Dusseldorf. In New York, Burger Joint has offered an American style hamburger while macaroni and cheese is offered from Macbar. In Abu Dhabi, airgusto meals are Tuscan selection from Circo and Lebanese meals from Byblos. The three course meals range from €19 to €39 (US$20 to $41).Sauerbraten is available for order on flights from Dusseldorf

To order the meals, airberlin uses a company called iFLEAT which provides passenger with a free app. The company, founded by former gategroup executive Jaap Roukens teamed with airberlin in October of last year in partnerships with five Berlin restaurants.

At this year’s WTCE, iFLEAT will be exhibiting. “I firmly believe iFLEAT is a game changer when it comes to the passenger experience,” said Roukens. “It’s simple to set up, easy to operate and most importantly, offers travelers a large election of tasty restaurant food delivered by the cabin crew to the comfort of their plane seats.”

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