October 02, 2014

I may be in the minority on this, but I absolutely love in-flight dinners. They’re usually the first meal of a trip, and, to someone who remembers vacations by their foods, that matters a lot. I feel a certain energy bubble up in me as I twist open my mini wine bottle and take the tin-foil cover off my reheated “gourmet” cuisine.

Now I’m hoping that a new service from Germany’s Lufthansa takes off stateside. The airline—still dealing with striking pilots—has partnered with online grocer Allyouneed.com to launch Air Food One, delivering airplane food to households once a week.

In a bid to cut food waste (and boost revenue), Lufthansa’s caterer LSG Sky Chefs is supplying Allyouneed.com with overstocked meals produced for that week’s business class passengers. Customers in the program's pilot cities Düsseldorf and Cologne can opt for a vegetarian or meat entrée, such as gnocchi with squash ragout or Chinese-style prawns.

What I want to know is, without that mini wine bottle and the promise of a new destination, how good will that in-flight dinner be out-of-flight? 

Peter Schlesinger is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure and a member of the Trip Doctor news team. You can find him on Twitter at @pschles08.

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