BA rolls out inflight digital food and drink ordering platform

The new digital ordering platform will initially be available on selected routes from 19 July, before rolling out across the rest of the short haul network on flights from London Heathrow.

British Airways has unveiled its new inflight digital ordering platform, giving customers travelling in economy class within Europe the option to order additional snacks and drinks mid-flight, directly to their seat.

The new inflight ordering system will complement the airline’s current ‘Buy Before You Fly’ offering, where customers are encouraged to order from the airline’s full Speedbird Café menu in advance of travel.

The new digital platform allows customers who wish to add to an existing pre-order, or for those who did not place an order before travel, to do so at any point during their flight. The service will initially be available from 19 July on selected routes before rolling out across other eligible services.

To place an order, customers simply connect to the on board Wi-Fi service free of charge via, click on the ‘shop’ option for their flight, and a virtual menu will display the range of drinks and snack options on offer. Orders can be made via all major credit and debit cards or through Avios. The service will be available on most short haul routes operating from London Heathrow Airport.

Tom Stevens, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “The feedback we have had from customers who have been able to travel and have ordered from our new Speedbird Café has been extremely encouraging. The Tom Kerridge range, in particular, has gone down a treat.

“We know that customers like being able to purchase their food in advance of travel and guarantee their first choice, however we also understand the importance of an extra cup of tea or a gin and tonic, in the moment.  We think that this new digital ordering proposition, coupled with our pre-purchase option is a winning combination, catering for everyone’s needs.”



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