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Qantas introduces menu to combat jetlag for long-haul flights

Qantas recently released a new in-flight menu that includes healthy poke bowls and a herbal tea on the new 787 Dreamliner Perth to London menus to increase hydration and help reduce jetlag.

The menus have been created with 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 Neil Perry, the group’s Creative Director of Food, Beverage and Service.

“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.


Highlights of the new inflight menu across various cabins include:

  • Probiotic infused Botanica cold pressed juice shots
  • A bespoke herbal tea, which encourages relaxation developed especially for Qantas by Dilmah, made from lemon verbena chamomile and lemongrass
  • Dishes which feature ingredients that promote hydration such as green leafy vegetables, cucumber, strawberries and celery
  • Tailoring specific ingredients (such as chilli) to particular times of the day
  • Lighter meal options (e.g. tuna poke salad bowl)
  • A hot chocolate bedtime drink with the combination of warm milk and chocolate containing the sleep inducing amino acid Tryptophan to help prompt the body’s sleep cycle
  • Organic kombucha by Remedy: a live cultured, sparkling drink full of natural probiotics that assist with digestion.

The new menus will debut on Qantas’ 787 Dreamliner services from Perth to London on 24 March 2018.