Yesterday, I flew Lufthansa from Frankfurt to Munich in order to catch a longhaul home to Los Angeles. Expecting a light snack, I was surprised when a hearty meal was served…on a 35-minute (wheels up to wheels down) domestic flight departing at 10:15a. That’s the subject of this week’s Meal of the Week.
Last time I flew from Frankfurt to Munich in business class, I was served a slice of cake with coffee and a plastic fork…a traditional German afternoon meal and perfectly suitable for such a short flight.
I was expecting the same thing yesterday. Instead, however, I received a platter containing several lunch items. The tray included four courses.
First, a chicken liver pate with orange sauce and cole slaw.
Second, potato salad with mini shrimp and chives.
Third, cheese with preserves.
Finally, a tapioca cream dessert.
Unlimited hot bread was also offered.
And even a box of chocolate commemorating the World Cup:
Quite a meal for such a short flight, isn’t it? I had just enjoyed a large in the meal in the lounge and did not eat much, though I don’t think this tray would win any health awards.
I love that full meals are still served on such short flights within Europe. In an age of cutbacks on domestic U.S. flights, it’s always a novelty to me, and refreshing, to see full-service. I’d still trade it for “real” business class seats instead of simply economy class seats with blocked middles.