Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Earlier today I wrote about my domestic flight on Air France from Paris to Mulhouse. Since the difference in service between an Air France and Lufthansa domestic flight in business class is so stark, I offer a comparison for this week’s Meal of the Week.
My Air France flight from Paris (CDG) to Mulhouse/Basel (BSL) was 250 miles. My Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt (FRA) to Munich (MUC) was 186 miles.
On Lufthansa, I received a platter containing several 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.
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The only thing served onboard was a choice of beverage in a plastic glass and a small packet of biscuits.
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Just so you don’t think I am making an unfair comparison of mainline versus regional, let’s go one step further. I’m going to add a Frankfurt to Basel flight to the mix. While technically not a domestic flight, the airport is called Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport and the German border is mere minutes from the airport. The BSL-FRA flight is 175 miles, nearly 1/3 less than the 250-mile Air France flight. It is also operated by a regional jet.
So what was served on that flight from Basel to Frankfurt? A nice breakfast with real dishes and glasses.
Hot bread cold cuts, cheese, and grapes…a perfect European breakfast.
Beverages in real glasses and cups as well.
Air France is so incredible in so many ways. My top two airline meals of 2018 were on Air France. But when it comes to shorthaul and domestic flights, Lufthansa easily beats Air France.