Emirates Valentines

Emirates celebrates Valentine’s Day wit..

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Emirates Valentines

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Emirates’ will serve 40 unique Valentine’s Day themed desserts and treats on board and across its network of lounges spread over six continents.

The airline’s chefs have created Valentine’s Day desserts for most of its 41 lounges worldwide from 13-15 February. Creations include an orange-ginger panna cotta served with berries and pistachios in Hamburg; heart-shaped shortcake served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream in Cape Town; Chocolate and Raspberry petit fours in Auckland; a chocolate St Valentine’s cake in Narita; and chocolate-covered strawberries sprinkled with coconut in the lounges in the US.

The seven Emirates lounges in Dubai are also putting on a full Valentine’s spread from 13-15 February. Frequent flyers can enjoy a champagne treat with the lively and generous notes of Moet & Chandon Rosé Impérial. This will be accompanied by a selection of Valentine’s inspired cakes and desserts including a passion fruit cake with raspberry, red velvet cake and red velvet ice cream. Coffee lovers can also look for three Valentine’s Day coffee infusions by Coffee Planet – rose kissed mocha, orange crush latte or a white latte mocha.

On Valentine’s Day itself, Emirates will serve a special selection of desserts on longer flights across its network. In First and Business Class, customers will be offered a heart-shaped passion fruit cake. In the iconic A380 onboard lounge, customers can enjoy a drink while snacking on pastries as well as strawberries dipped in dark and white chocolate, while snack baskets in First Class will feature the limited edition strawberry & cream flavoured Lakrids liquorice. In Economy Class, customers will be served a white chocolate passion fruit cheesecake for dessert.

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BA trials AI-powered cocktail maker

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British Airways is exclusively trialling an automated cocktail maker in its San Francisco and Newark lounges.

Created by mix-master Barsys using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the machine dispenses cocktails in under 45 seconds.

The service is available until March 2020, for the airline’s First and Club World customers who can choose from a selection of 30 cocktails and customisable drinks.

Customers simply order their drink by clicking one button on the app, then place a glass on the conveyer belt and let the AI do the work.

Ricardo Vidal, British Airways’ Head of Innovation, said: “We are always looking at innovative ways to enhance our customers’ journey on the ground and in the air. Barsys offers a new cocktail experience and what better way to trial this technology than in San Francisco, in our newly refurbished lounge, and Newark, two of the most cosmopolitan and tech-savvy metropolitan regions in the US”.

Akshet Tewari, Barsys CEO and Founder, said: “We are so excited to partner with British Airways as we have always felt that an airport lounge was the perfect place to create a unique and fun cocktail experience. We recognise that Barsys will never replace a good bartender but can free them up to make more complicated drinks and interact with customers.”

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Hamon heads up food development at En Route

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En Route International has named Gwendal Hamon as its new head of food, where he will lead the global New Product Development team.

Most recently business development manager at Monty’s Bakehouse, Hamon will be responsible for all food innovation within the business, focussing on the company’s main product categories – cheese, bakery, snack boxes, and handheld snacks.

He initially joined British Airways as cabin crew, gaining extensive passenger-facing experience in air travel hospitality, before combining this knowledge with his culinary expertise in a number of food development and marketing roles at the airline.

These included in-flight and lounge menu design manager; brand partnership & sponsorship executive; and global food and beverage manager.

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