Qantas & Virgin Australia Business Class Meals

Qantas Domestic Business Class
Qantas Domestic Business Class

Earlier this week we covered Economy meals on domestic flights within Australia. Now, we turn our attention to Business Class. What can you expect to eat in Business on Qantas and Virgin Australia?

Qantas and Virgin Australia Business Class meals vary depending on the time of day and length of the flight. Here’s what you need to know…

Qantas Business Class Meals

The following Qantas Business Class meals are served on flights departing at these times:

  • 5am to 8.59am – Breakfast
  • 9am to 10.59am – Refreshment
  • 11am to 1.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.31pm to 5.29pm – Refreshment
  • 5.30pm to 8pm – Dinner
  • 8.01pm until 4.59am – Supper

Breakfast, lunch and dinner typically includes two meal choices, with at least one hot option. On refreshment flights there are often up to 3 lighter choices. These can include salads, toasted sandwiches, pastries and soups. On supper flights, there is typically a choice of soup, salad or a cheese box.

On longer flights, such as trans-continental and Darwin services, full meals are served on all flights except redeyes (where supper is served). On flights between the east coast and Perth, there is usually a choice of starters and several different main course options.

A full range of drinks including premium wines and spirits is available. Most meals also come with fresh bread and a chocolate for dessert.

Want to know what Qantas has been serving in Business Class lately? Check out our Qantas Business Class meals & menus thread.

Virgin Australia Business Class Meals

Virgin Australia Business Class meal times are as follows:

  • 3am to 9.29am – Breakfast
  • 9.30am to 11.29am – Morning snack
  • 11.30am to 1.29pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm to 5.29pm – Afternoon snack
  • 5.30pm to 7.29pm – Dinner
  • 7.30pm to 2.59am – Supper

On most Virgin domestic flights there is a choice of two meals – one hot and one cold option. Meals generally come with a small salad, fresh bread roll, cheese & crackers and a small boxed dessert. Unlimited drinks are available, including two Virgin Australia exclusive wines.

On longer flights where only main meals are served, such as trans-continental flights to/from Perth, lunch or dinner is served on flights departing from 9.30am to 9.29pm. On flights from the east coast to Perth, this is extended to as late as 11pm. On trans-continental flights, there is usually a choice of two starters and three mains.

A unique aspect of Virgin Australia Business Class is the unadvertised “pantry menu”. Some flight attendants will proactively offer this, but many do not. If you’re still feeling peckish after the meal is over, you can ask for chips, chocolates, biscuits, nuts or olives.

Want to know what Virgin Australia has been serving in Business Class lately? Check out our Virgin Australia Business Class Catering thread.


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