Flights to far off destinations may be hard to come by these days, but budget airline easyJet is bringing inflight service right to their customers — complete with a drinks cart and served by a uniformed flight crew.
Partnering with food delivery company Deliveroo, easyJet flight attendants will be serving Bloody Mary's, gin and tonics, prosecco, and snacks, to grounded customers in the UK next week, the airline shared with Travel + Leisure. The “Cabin Trolley Home Delivery” service will be free, but people are asked to make a donation to Age UK, a charity helping older people navigate everything from medical care to remaining independent.
“Our cabin crew provide a fantastic service for our customers in the air but while they are not flying as much we have the ideal opportunity to provide our famous inflight service on the ground,” Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s CEO, told T+L in a statement. “I’m pleased to see that our crew are able to deliver a bit of holiday cheer to homes this Christmas.”
The bar cart will be available in London from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. Customers who miss the thrill of sipping a “favourite tipple” and snacking on olives at 35,000 feet in the air can book a slot online for the airline’s uniformed flight crew to show up at their doorstep with the fully-stocked bar cart.
Tina Milton, the director of cabin services at easyJet, told T+L in a statement, “for now we will focus on ensuring our service remains as good on the ground as it does in the air and we look forward to welcoming everyone back onboard in 2021.”
The at-home service also celebrates the airline's 25 years of operation.
All drinks and snacks will be served with COVID-19 restrictions in mind and the crew will be masked and socially distanced, according to easyJet. Customers must be over 18 years old to order the bar cart.
EasyJet isn’t the only company to try to bring a bit of the skies home: In September, Australian airline Qantas sold bar carts from its now-retired 747’s, complete with Australian wines and Tim Tams. Singapore Airlines turned its A380, double-decker aircraft into an on-the-ground restaurant, Thai Airways served in-flight meals in the transformed cafeteria of its Bangkok offices, and Finnair turned to a local supermarket chain to sell meals inspired by its business class offerings.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
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