On this day in history : 11th October 1919 – Handley Page Transport, an airline founded in 1919, serves the first ever in-flight meals on its route between London and Paris….
The pre-packed lunch boxes, offering a selection of sandwiches and fruit, cost 3 shillings (15p in today’s money)….
United Airlines installed the first on-board kitchens to provide hot meals in 1936…. Other airlines soon followed….
The 1950s brought ‘silver service’ in the air; in 1969 Concorde’s arrival brought with it high quality cuisine….caviar, black truffles, lobster, champagne….
Budget airlines began to appear in the 1970s with the emphasis on cheap travel rather than fancy food….