May sees the start of a few changes on Monarch flights, with our onboard menu getting a tasty upgrade for the new season. Being major foodies, we know that getting your flight off to the best start means getting a mouthful of the best flavours, which is why we decided to look to our very own customers to shape our new in-flight offering.
With a food survey sent to over 630,000 of our customers the results showed that over 64% of respondents had bought hot food on a Monarch flight, meaning that our Hot Breakfast and Pasta Pomodori will be here to stay come May! In regards to sandwiches; our Bacon Paninis were at the top of the list , with the Ham & Cheese and Cheese & Tomato Toasties coming in at a close 2nd and 3rd place, meaning they’re also here to stay.
When asked what filling was most preferred on a chicken sandwich, more than half of respondents opted for coleslaw, resulting in our new Roast Chicken & Coleslaw Sub Roll being a new tasty option for our summer menu. Another new addition to the in-flight food offering will be the Mature Cheddar with Apple & Tomato Chutney Sandwich, after the majority of people opted for chutney as their perfect accompaniment to a cheesy snack.
Dietary requirements are a top priority for 19% of our customers who took part in our survey. A newly developed Gluten Free Feel Good Box will be available for sale, plus a brand new Vegetarian Mediterranean Snack Box will join our best-selling Ploughman’s Box. The trusty kosher Salmon Bagel, served on our Israel routes will also be remaining in our onboard menu.
Look out for our gorgeous new menu card onboard from 1st May 2017 showcasing our delicious money saving meal deals which are available on all Monarch flights*.
*Fresh food is subject to availability.
Wine tasting at 37,000 ft
In December, we had the very difficult task of hosting an onboard wine tasting for our customers, with a mix of red and white wines to get everyone’s journey off to the best start (and put a few smiles on the faces of our returning customers!).
From our previous food tasting panel we understood the science behind how our sense of taste changes in the air. With this information we believed that there could be no better taste-testers than our very own customers and we wanted to build a summer wine menu around those at the heart of Monarch’s services.
“At Monarch we like to put our customers at the centre of everything we do so it was very important to us to let them tell us what they wanted to see in our latest on-board product range and food and drink menu. We’ve run customer tasting sessions, inflight wine tasting and even asked our customer panel to help us pick our latest menu. This all means our latest inflight should really hit the spot with Monarch customers.” Ian Chambers – Chief Commercial Officer
Our outbound flight from Manchester to Faro gave customers a chance to try out three red wines, and it was safe to say that there were no objections to raising an extra glass – or three – on board. We taste tested a Shiraz Cabernet, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Merlot. The best of the bunch was the elegant and well balanced Spanish Merlot by Contenda, scoring an impressive 16/ 20 of votes. It has complex aromas of plum and black cherries, one taster stating ‘it was easy to drink and fruity on the nose’.
On the inbound flight, it was time to open the white wine, bringing home a little bit of the holiday spirit for those that were on their return journey. We taste tested a Chenin Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay. The whites were harder for our customers to choose between and we had a tie break between two. The one chosen to go onboard is the Contenda Sauvignon Blanc which has intense aromas of citrus and exotic fruit such as pineapple, with subtle herbs. It has a fresh, fruity and lively taste and we can’t wait for it to join the range in May.
Not forgetting our Rosé lovers, the fresh and fruity Donna Lorenza Pinot Grigio Blush will also be joining the range. It’s fresh and fruity on the palate with hints of pear and citrus, as well as strawberries. All our wines are priced at £4.50 onboard and you can enjoy 2 for £8.50.
The wine tasting was a great way to engage our customer and glean opinions making sure our selection of wines on board are tailored to the people who fly with us. A big thank you to everyone who took part. Watch this space for more experience flights coming your way in 2017!
If you would like to see something new on our menus, let us know below!