To celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Dragon, British Airways is introducing new menus and special experiences during the festive season.
During the festival, passengers flying between London and Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore can expect traditional festive dishes that signify luck and prosperity.
On the menu in First will be a black pepper spiced fillet of beef with Chinese seven spiced broccolini. In Club World (Business class), passengers can order spicy Kung Pao prawn – a dish previously served in the Chinese Imperial Palace.
Both First and Club World passengers can enjoy a white chocolate tangerine mousse, a fruit that symbolises gold in Chinese culture.
For World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and World Traveller (Economy) passengers, on the menu is the traditional Huaiyang dish, Lion’s Head meatballs, which are made of steamed pork in oyster sauce. The dish is named for its round-shape resembling the head of a lion and signifies unity amongst the family.
Calum Laming, British Airways’ Chief Customer Officer said: “Many of our customers will be celebrating the Lunar New Year this month and reuniting with family and friends, so we wanted to make their journey extra special this festive season.”
During the week of the festival, passengers travelling through London Heathrow Terminal 5 will be gifted red envelopes with chocolate coins, with lion dancers performing on the concourse.
For London-bound travellers, the airlines’ customer service teams will spread extra holiday cheer by surprising a handful of passengers who were born in the Year of Dragon with upgrades to Club World (Business Class) and lounge access.
The airline’s festive menu will be featured on flights between Singapore, Hong Kong and London on February 10-13; fights between Beijing and London on February 13-18, and Shanghai and London on February 13-16 2024.