Many airlines have offered pre-flight dining in business class. Eat your meal in the airport before boarding, go right to sleep on board. That’s a nice option for short overnight flights.
United tested a shorted meal service for late night transatlantics from Washington Dulles. Of course they did it from an airport where they don’t yet have a Polaris lounge for pre-flight dining, while it would actually have made sense from Newark (but they presumably didn’t want to risk change with higher-yielding New York passengers).
Of course not everyone want to show up at the airport early to eat. And where this has been tried it’s generally presented either as a choice (eat beforehand instead of on the plane) or a shortened service where the food remains substantive. Not so at Fiji Airways.
Passengers taking morning or evening flights out of Nadi, Fiji will be offered breakfast or dinner, respectively, in the Fiji Airways Premier Lounge shortly before boarding.
…What is new is an airline moving its full meal service from the flight to the ground.
…The Dine on the Ground service is now available for morning flights from Nadi to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and evening flights from Auckland to Nadi.
Credit: Fiji Airways
Fiji Airways will still serve “light options such as fruit bowls, paninis, salads, tapas and soups” on board in business class.
This move is expected to save costs, not least of which fuel from reduced weight of catering. As with nearly all cuts in travel this one is being described as good for the environment. They say 38% of catered food on board wound up as waste, but presumably they can manage food more efficiently on the ground where the same food can be served longer and used across multiple flights of passengers.
They’re also pitching that eating prior to boarding will reduce “bloating and indigestion” and be better for sleeping as a result.