At RRP -
Bottle of water - $3
Lindor ball - $1
Party sausage roll - $1
Party pie - $1
Cup of coffee/tea - $4
Total cost of catering = $10.
And how much was the J ticket ???
yes, and look at how much less you get in the USA on similar stage lengths?
I do not defend QF catering.. you can't.. but also the price charged is what they feel the market will bear (so interesting to see if Rex's entry will bring down prices more to compete - or try to crush them - or not, but I digress).
QF have never suggested their inflight catering was supposed to be a main meal, or even gourmet. Over the past decade or so there's even been a definite push or idea that people eat in lounges (and yes, with some exceptions like the Spice Bar some of the lounge food is poor too but that's a separate argument). QF have usually suggested their meals are more or less a snack specially for a one to two hour flight. That's long been the case in my view - I've never gotten on say MEL-BNE and expected to be filled by a lunch or dinner meal. Sometimes I am surprised, but other times I will also eat after, or usually before in the lounge.
And yes I know if one flies say TG from SIN-BKK (a two-ish hour flight) the food provided and quality is so much more.. but there are multiple reasons for this (long discussed).
I do understand the idea if you pay a lot of money you should expect more - certainly that usually applies to say a hotel room with amenities etc... again paid premium class travel is as much about what the market will pay for it as much as the product. With QF dom J the mix of actual paid v upgrade or staff travel is probably quite low relatively (just like in the USA, europe etc) so there is less incentive to provide better amenity... even the seats I mean how tight are 737 J now in row 2 and 3?
There are many reasons people PAY for J - I doubt many do it for the food....
And remember VA were dishing up two minute noodles so.... a party pie seems pure indulgence?!!
Ahhh, but the seats! I'd rather comfy seats. And I always associate BA lounges with a big bowl of crisps.
OOL was double catered, so it would've been SYD.btw I stills say that meals out of OOL for whatever reasons are (OK were pre-covid) a smidge superior. My best QF dom meals almost always on QF881 or even the QFlink 717's to SYD in the afternoon (usually QF1569). Always puzzled me but routes out of OOL I did actually look forward to what would be offered.. so go figure.
ahah! but this is my point in a way. See for a lower price you're happy to not worry about a meal.Dunno what Rex will offer... but at $299 for a business class seat MEL-SYD, and semi-flexible at that, will food even be a factor? A drink will do me!
ahah! but this is my point in a way. See for a lower price you're happy to not worry about a meal.
So, if QF "bundled" it's J product with no meal but drinks or something and offered a discount (yes, I know, even a 30% for example discount to their high J fares is still bloody high) would you consider that better value?
Really see it's a MEL-SYD flight.. see for $300 you're saying OK I don't care about a meal, but at $700 (for example) you do which is fine, but it's only an hour for both flights. Is the food REALLY that important? Of course it's not worth any price difference, and QF knows this. They are not pricing on the F&B product here.
And I feel that's the misconception by some. Pricing has nothing to do with food (and as discussed vice-versa).
And a semi serious question... if QF dropped it's cheap "comfort food" options for domestic J and I don't know offered caviar, lobster, sirloin steak etc (god knows how you would eat that on such a short flight but I digress) would you actually WANT that? specially if you (a generic you, not anyone personally) kind of fare on a regular basis if you flew weekly?
I still think QF see these "meals" as more or less a snack or a "I didn't have time for the liunge so here's a toastie" or something deal. Despite the Neil Ponytail spin it is what they offer more or less.. same in the lounges too just with more range and offerings and ability to cater for more needs and wishes, but still more or less your expected comfort foods of one sort of another.
And see the 3-4pm rush in SYD when the party pies come out !!! it's a zoo! If they weren't so popular I doubt QF would keep offering them.