Demands for Qantas boss Alan Joyce to be sacked after meal blunder

Furious vegetarian demands Alan Joyce be SACKED after Qantas removed meat-free meals from domestic flights – as the airline makes a humiliating backflip after customer backlash

  • Qantas reverses decision limiting food offerings on most domestic flights
  • It decided no vegetarian meals or special diet options on flights under 3.5 hours
  • But the under-fire airline announced it will now offer a zucchini and corn fritter

Qantas has buckled to a storm of complaints from vegetarian and vegan passengers and reversed a decision to stop offering meat-free meals on domestic flights.

The under-fire Australian airline recently said it had ‘simplified’ meals on flights of less than 3.5 hours to make life easier for its crew by giving them just one meal to serve – a chicken and leak pie.

More than three million Australians are either vegetarian or vegan.

Despite the airline backing down on its menu, the high-profile executive and vegetarian who led the protests believe that Qantas boss Alan Joyce should be sacked anyway.

Qantas has buckled to a storm of complaints from vegetarian and vegan passengers and reversed a decision to stop offering meat-free meals on domestic flights - but one critic says its Alan Joyce who needs to come 'off the menu'

Qantas has buckled to a storm of complaints from vegetarian and vegan passengers and reversed a decision to stop offering meat-free meals on domestic flights – but one critic says its Alan Joyce who needs to come ‘off the menu’

A vegetarian businessman, Jon Dee, took to social media to vent that he had been offered 'chicken pie or nothing' on a Qantas flight from Adelaide to Sydney. Will it be the gaffe that brings down Alan Joyce?

A vegetarian businessman, Jon Dee, took to social media to vent that he had been offered ‘chicken pie or nothing’ on a Qantas flight from Adelaide to Sydney. Will it be the gaffe that brings down Alan Joyce?

Environmental entrepreneur Jon Dee says Qantas has been ‘rubbish’ since Covid and that Mr Joyce should be ‘off the menu’.

Of all the errors and letdowns Qantas passengers have endured, including lost baggage, cancelled and delayed flights, the decision to cut its domestic menu to a chicken pie could be what brings the Qantas boss undone, Mr Dee said.

‘If you add together all the vegetarians, vegans, people who eat a certain way for their health, like gluten-free, and everyone who eats kosher or halal that’s a lot of disappointed passengers, he said.

Of all the errors and letdowns Qantas passengers have endured, its decision to drop vegetarian meals was one of the worst, said Mr Dee (Pictured John Dee with lifelong friend Olivia Newton John)

Of all the errors and letdowns Qantas passengers have endured, its decision to drop vegetarian meals was one of the worst, said Mr Dee (Pictured John Dee with lifelong friend Olivia Newton John)

The airline backed down on its decision to offer no vegetarian meal options on flights of less than 3.5 hours, and will now offer a zucchini and corn fitter (Pictured, a stock photo of corn and zucchini fritters)

The airline backed down on its decision to offer no vegetarian meal options on flights of less than 3.5 hours, and will now offer a zucchini and corn fitter (Pictured, a stock photo of corn and zucchini fritters)

On Friday the airline’s product and service executive manager, Phil Capps, announced that a zucchini and corn fritter would be rushed back onto the menu as an evening meal on all domestic flights.

‘We’ve heard the message loud and clear about having vegetarian offerings on all of our flights and so we’re making that change as a priority,’ Mr Capps said.

He added that the airline would roll out ‘a broader menu, which includes new vegetarian options’.

Mr Capps said the airline would also reintroduce fresh fruit to all flights, which he said was withdrawn because of Covid policies. 

Qantas has been under fire over luggage delays and flight delays, but its decision to cut its menu back to a chicken pie could be what brings down its CEO, a high profile environmental executive believes

Qantas has been under fire over luggage delays and flight delays, but its decision to cut its menu back to a chicken pie could be what brings down its CEO, a high profile environmental executive believes

Mr Dee said any CEO would be tested by the Covid pandemic, but he claimed Alan Joyce (pictured left) had failed that test and should be removed by the Qantas board

Mr Dee said any CEO would be tested by the Covid pandemic, but he claimed Alan Joyce (pictured left) had failed that test and should be removed by the Qantas board

People with special diets, or who preferred a meal prepared in line with their religious beliefs, were also impacted by Qantas restricting their meal options recently.

The decision produced a storm of criticism from passengers, including Mr Dee.

‘What kind of airline stops offering vegetarian food to its passengers? It was chicken pie or nothing tonight,’ Mr Dee tweeted after a flight from Adelaide to Sydney. 

He also questioned whether Qantas boss Alan Joyce was ‘deliberately trying to run Qantas into the ground?’

Mr Dee was pleased Qantas reversed the decision but said the vegetarian meal gaffe was ‘one mistake too far’.

‘It’s good to see Qantas listen, but there’s still the question of whether Alan Joyce should stay on the menu. I think it’s time for him to be taken off the menu by the Qantas board – he’s no longer fit for purpose as Qantas CEO.’

Mr Dee said while Covid ‘would test any good CEO’, but Mr Joyce had failed. 

‘You just have to look at how far Qantas has fallen since Covid, which was a test test for any good CEO, but there’s been one error after another, especially in the last few months, with missed flights, lost luggage.

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at airports as the east coast is hammered with rain (pictured, lines at the airport)

Hundreds of passengers were left stranded at airports as the east coast is hammered with rain (pictured, lines at the airport)

‘There’s even been the story of someone who only got their bags back after three months. There are just too many mistakes being made.

‘The Qantas we have no is rubbish compared to classic Qantas, which was a premium brand,’ Mr Dee said.

‘Australians want to go back to the classic Qantas that everyone loved.’ 

Mr Dee said he prefers being ‘a quiet vegetarian’ but felt the need to speak up.

‘I don’t like to ram my views down other people’s throats but I needed to speak up on this.’

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