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BA introduces festive menus for Diwali and Thanksgiving

British Airways has introduced a variety of special touches to its onboard experience this month, including a range of sweet desserts for Diwali and Thanksgiving-inspired dishes for customers travelling across its network.

To celebrate the festival of lights on 12 November, the airline is introducing festive desserts for customers across all cabins on outbound and inbound long-haul flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi.

The airline’s customers travelling in Club World (business class) from London Heathrow to India will be able to enjoy Rasmalai, a popular sweet delicacy, originating from eastern India.

Those travelling in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) can tuck into Kesar Peda, a traditional North Indian sweet made from khoya, sugar, saffron and cardamom.

The dessert is full of beautiful flavours and best enjoyed as a post-meal sweet treat. Customers travelling in the airline’s World Traveller (economy) cabin to India will be served a popular Indian dessert, Motichoor Laddoo, which is traditionally served on special occasions.

On return flights from India, travellers will also be able to enjoy a range of Diwali-themed desserts across various routes served across the airline’s inbound routes from India, including Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.

Kaju Pista or Gulab Jamun, a fusion-filled dessert accompanied with Rabdi, will be served in Club World. Customers travelling in World Traveller Plus will have the option of Khoye Ka Laddoo or Doodhi Halwa, garnished with traditional dried fruits.

On 23 November, British Airways will also be celebrating Thanksgiving on all long-haul flights to and from the US. Customers across all cabins will have the choice of a festive main course and dessert.

Customers travelling in First and Club World will be able to enjoy a traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, followed by either a classic pumpkin pie featuring nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger spices, a pumpkin and walnut cake, or a pumpkin-flavoured cheesecake.

Customers in World Traveller Plus and World Traveller will also be able to delve into a traditional turkey roast followed by the option of a pumpkin pie, gingerbread mousse or a spiced pumpkin and white chocolate mousse, offering the perfect balance of sweetness and spices.

British Airways will also be adding a range of special treats across all its lounges at London Heathrow to celebrate Diwali and Thanksgiving. This includes traditional decorations with garlands and tealights, as well as specially designed main courses and snacks for customers to enjoy from 12-15 November, ranging from rogan josh, chicken balti and samosas.

For Thanksgiving, customers will be able to enjoy a variety of dishes, including pumpkin and butternut squash soup and pecan pie in its Concorde Room, and turkey and smoked ham pie in its First and Club lounges, all available on 23 November.

Calum Laming, BA’s chief customer officer, Calum Laming, said: “We know that many of our customers will be celebrating Diwali and Thanksgiving this month, so we wanted to go that extra mile to spread some joy over the festive season, both on the ground and at 35,000ft.

“For those celebrating, we’d like to wish them a very Happy Diwali and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at British Airways.”

The airline has also introduced new World Traveller main courses and is refreshing its second service later this month, including new hot light bite breakfast options on all shorter inbound flights from the US to London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

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