Air Food One, Germany: Lufthansa plane food now available as takeaway meal option

A company in Cologne and Dusseldorf is now offering takeaway meals based on Lufthansa's in-flight menu.

You're home late, your stomach's rumbling and leaflets spill onto the mat when you open the door. What do you order? Chinese? Indian? Aeroplane food?

The idea of ordering in food most people find unappetising at 35,000ft may seem like a strange one but in Germany, time-poor commuters and families can now order takeaway meals based on Lufthansa's in-flight menu.

Air Food One offers neatly packaged main courses made by Lufthansa's catering firm, which include options like chicken breast on top of mushroom mash or cannelloni with ricotta.

The aim is to provide meals of convenience made with fairly fresh food, with a changing menus that change every week and options for vegetarians.

Max Thinius, the spokesman for All You Need, the company behind the service, said: "Lots of our clients phoned us saying: "We are a family of four - we like to cook fresh and don´t like convenience food. However, sometimes there simply is no time to cook. Do you have something in-between?

"That was the point where we asked our partner Deutsche Lufthansa and their catering service LSG."

The meals are being offered to customers in Cologne and Dusseldorf initially, where the LSG kitchens are based.

"These meals are inspired by Business Class meals served on aeroplanes," said Max.

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"However, I would say they are even fresher, as they are made quickly and delivered chilled before they get heated by our clients."

He hopes that families will want to use the takeaway service, which is in the middle of an eight-week trial run, as well as elderly people and business people working long hours.

Plane food is unlikely to ever be the last meal request of a condemned prisoner but airlines have been working hard to make it tastier in recent years, from Heston Blumenthal's work with British Airways for the UK Channel 4 documentary Heston's Mission Impossible in 2011, to Richard Corrigan's limited edition menu for Malaysia Airlines this March.

For those who still can't tempted, Heathrow launched the first airport takeaway service this month, in which all of its restaurants across five terminals offered picnic hampers that could be bought by passengers and taken on board flights.

The Telegraph, London

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