What’s the worst thing about a long-haul flight? The inevitable and wearing jet lag! But, Qantas comes with a cure so that the passengers don’t have to feel tired and groggy throughout the first few days of their holidays.
The flag carrier of Australia is going to handle this problem with a carefully curated menu. It will be launching this month on its new 787 Dreamliner that will operate the first non-stop long-haul flight from Perth to London.
The chefs and kitchen staff of the carrier worked with nutritionists and clinical sleep experts from the Charles Perkins Centre of the University of Sydney to prepare a menu where the food items will fight jet lag.
The menu features a wide selection of leafy green vegetables and grains for hydration, custom-made teas for relaxation, assorted drinks for digestion, and a hot chocolate as a bedtime drink for inducing sleep.
The guests will also find some classic dishes with new twists and spins. Professor Stephen Simpson said that the scientists are excited to see how the food items influence people during long-haul flights.
Qantas’ food menu has not always been the same. Celebrity chef Neil Perry described it as ‘terrible and generic’ when he joined as the carrier’s Creative Director of Food and Beverages in 1997. However, it has undergone substantial changes and now the menu is all about carefully selected items that help with sleep, hydration, and reduce jet lag.
The 787 Dreamliner will start its operation from March 24. The airline will use apps and other devices to collect data about the passengers’ eating habit, psychosocial state, sleeping patterns, etc. before, after, and during the huge 17-hour flight.