Qantas takes aim at jetlag with new menu


Qantas has unveiled details of new menus that will feature on the upcoming Perth – London flights. The menus have been developed in association with sleep specialists to help reduce the effects of jetlag on long haul flights.

The airline’s Creative Director of Food, Beverage & Service Neil Perry said the new menus combined research from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre with inhouse experience of the Qantas and Rockpool teams to create dishes that encourage sleep at optimal times during the flight.

“Working with clinical sleep specialists, nutritionists and metabolic scientists, we’ve designed new menu options using delicious ingredients that have added benefits of hydration, aiding sleep and reducing jetlag,” said Mr Perry.

“The menu we are trialling on the Perth to London route will continue to offer a selection of customer favourites but it has some special ingredient additions and exclusions.”

Perth – London

The new menus will be trialed on the Perth – London flights, a journey that is scheduled to take 17 hours. Qantas has published a sample menu, that shows examples across the three cabins.

And here are some examples of the dishes as they will be served:

Qantas and Charles Perkins Centre

Qantas and Charles Perkins Centre commenced their partnership in June 2017. The aim was to help develop the airline’s new approach to long distance travel, complementing the Dreamliner’s existing jetlag-busting features. For example, the Dreamliner operates with increased cabin humidity and lower cabin altitude.

The centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.

Research projects include strategies to counteract jetlag, on-board exercise and movement, menu design and service timing, pre and post-flight preparation, transit lounge wellness concepts and cabin environment including lighting and temperature.

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