Alaska Airlines has unveiled a partnership with Boxed Water to replace single-use plastic bottles in First Class, as well in the main cabin on its Q400 aircraft.

Boxed Water and Alaska Airlines work to reduce plastic waste onboard

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Alaska Airlines has unveiled a partnership with Boxed Water to replace single-use plastic bottles in First Class, as well in the main cabin on its Q400 aircraft.

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a partnership with Boxed Water to replace single-use plastic bottles in First Class, as well in the main cabin on its Q400 aircraft.

As part of the airline’s waste and water goals for 2025, Alaska is introducing Boxed Water’s 92% plant-based cartons, which will effectively remove 7.2 million plastic bottles from landfills per year — equivalent to approximately 98,000 lbs of plastic.

Earlier this year, we introduced Boxed Water was introduced on Alaska’s Horizon Air operated flights earlier this year and will expand the program to all Alaska flights this summer.

Boxed Water is a fully recyclable box-shaped carton of water, sealed with a plant-based cap. Each carton is made from sustainably harvested trees and the multi-filtered water goes through a proprietary eight-step purification.

Alaska and Horizon are also re-launching their in-flight recycling program on 19 May.

In 2007, Alaska and Horizon employees formed the “Green Team,” a business resource group dedicated to improving the environment through increased in-flight recycling and trash sorting programs and other environmental initiatives. Green Team members were involved in the selection process for Boxed Water.

“When researching alternatives to plastic water bottles, the Green Team considered a variety of factors on overall environmental impact such as water sourcing, packaging materials, recyclability, and shipping distance,” said Robbie Neff, Green Team member and Pricing Team Lead at Alaska. “Boxed Water scored better than the other options of glass bottles and aluminium cans.”

“We admire Boxed Water’s leadership to change manufacturing, production, conversation and consumer choice to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly future,” said Traynor-Corey, Managing Director of Guest Products for Alaska Airlines. “We hope that when our guests are enjoying Boxed Water they are interested in learning more about eco-friendly products and, ideally, are inspired to make sustainable choices when they travel and on the ground.”

dnata and Blue Aqua partner on decreasing food waste

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dnata has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Blue Aqua Food Tech (Blue Aqua) to upcycle organic waste from dnata’s catering and ground handling operations into alternative insect protein for aquafeeds.

Blue Aqua’s bioconversion solution processes underutilised nutrients from the leftovers that can be transformed into quality insect proteins for aquacultural use. The bioconversion is a virtuous circle that makes the insect protein a sustainable and efficient alternative to traditional fishmeal.

The partnership will supply Singapore’s farmers with sustainable access to domestically produced animal feed, which is traditionally imported.

The MoU is the starting point to a deeper partnership between Blue Aqua and dnata, which will look into the development and implementation of a ‘Zero Waste’ master plan. The air services provider will also add Blue Aqua to its list of suppliers to purchase locally farmed seafood for its catering operations.

Dr Farshad Shishehchian, CEO & Founder of Blue Aqua International Group, said: “Blue Aqua has been a strong advocate for sustainable and practical farming since its inception, this partnership with dnata is a perfect fit. We are excited to grow our efforts in food technology to develop a circular economy in aquaculture globally through our network, starting with Singapore.”

hand-made meals from Finnair Kitchen are available in Foodora online food delivery service. In addition, meals continue to be available in selected K stores.

Taste of Finnair expands through Foodora meal service

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hand-made meals from Finnair Kitchen are available in Foodora online food delivery service. In addition, meals continue to be available in selected K stores.

Finnair has expanded its Taste of Finnair meal sales in Finland. As of this week, hand-made meals from Finnair Kitchen are available in Foodora online food delivery service. In addition, meals continue to be available in selected K stores.

”This new cooperation with Foodora online food service makes Taste of Finnair available for large number of new customers. When so many people are dreaming of future travel, we want to offer a small Finnair experience at home,” said Marika Nieminen, VP Finnair Kitchen.

Currently, Taste of Finnair meals are available in Foodora’s webstore Foodora Market in the Helsinki area, and in selected K stores in Southern Finland.

“Taste of Finnair was born from the desire to develop Finnair business and offer employment to our people during the COVID-19. I’m happy to say that we have managed to make it a permanent part of our operations. We will continue to develop both the products and the wider selection,” said Nieminen.

Taste of Finnair -meals are handmade in the airline’s kitchen in Vantaa, Finland. Designed by its top chefs, they have been inspired by Finnair business class meals. Taste of Finnair portrays both the fresh taste of the north and the selection of flavours from the airline’s destinations.

Melbourne-based craft distillery Four Pillars and Qantas have released a uniquely Australian gin to commemorate the centenary of the national carrier.

Qantas and Four Pillars release commemorative gin

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Melbourne-based craft distillery Four Pillars and Qantas have released a uniquely Australian gin to commemorate the centenary of the national carrier.

Melbourne-based craft distillery Four Pillars and Qantas have released a uniquely Australian gin to commemorate the centenary of the national carrier.

The QF100 gin traces its roots back to Longreach, the birthplace of Qantas, and features botanicals sourced from the central western Queensland region.

“For 100 years Qantas has connected Australians with the world, shaping the country we live in today. We were absolutely thrilled to be able to celebrate the centenary of the flying kangaroo with a truly unique, very Australian gin,” Four Pillars co-founder and distiller Cameron Mackenzie said.

“Almost every grass, leaf, berry, or fruit in this region has a use within the indigenous culture and has done for thousands of years. When we visited last year, native lemongrass was plentiful, and it has become the heart and soul of this gin.

Other native Australian ingredients include macadamia and lemon myrtle.

Qantas Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said the limited-edition centenary gin celebrates the bold beginnings of the national airline as it emerges from the most challenging period in its 100-year history.

“Our founders credit the support of the people of central western Queensland as instrumental in getting Qantas off the ground back in the early 1920s, so we are delighted to launch a special gin that honours the region that has backed us since our beginning.”

“The QF100 gin features a label with grey strips to replicate the vertical corrugated iron from the original Qantas hangar at Longreach,” Tully said.

Over the coming months, Qantas will feature the gin in a signature centenary cocktail named the “Longreach Fizz” for customers visiting the Qantas International First lounges in Sydney and Melbourne, the Brisbane International Lounge (which recently reopened as part of the two-way bubble with New Zealand) as well as the six domestic Chairman’s lounges.

LATAM Airlines has awarded its domestic catering business in Brazil to LSG Sky Chefs.

LSG Sky Chefs to cater for LATAM Airlines in Brazil

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LATAM Airlines has awarded its domestic catering business in Brazil to LSG Sky Chefs.

LATAM Airlines has awarded its domestic catering business in Brazil to LSG Sky Chefs.

The contract allows the caterer to not only retain its existing business with the carrier in São Paulo (São Paulo/Guarulhos–Governador André Franco Montoro International Airport)  and Fortaleza for another three years, but that it expanded the partnership by acquiring LATAM’s additional operations at Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, where it currenrly does not have a presence)  as well as both of its stations in Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, and Santos Dumont Airport). In total, this represents an average of 140 daily flights catered for 2121, with additional slots planned for 2022.

Both Congonhas Airport and and Santos Dumont Airport will be operated using strategically situated jump-off stations (operational bases focused on last-mile logistics and selected packing activities only) that will be replenished remotely by LSG Sky Chefs’ principal production units.

“Our entire team is very excited that LATAM has awarded us with all five stations, especially during these uncertain times,” said Sheila Taboada, LSG Sky Chefs’ Key Account Manager for LATAM. “Having solidified our relationship with LATAM over recent years and proven our flexibility, service consistency and sustainable approach in the most challenging of circumstances, combined with a competitive proposal, set us apart from the competition.”

The preparations for the launch of the classic airline-catering activities at the new stations have already begun, but an official start date has not been determined yet.

American Airlines is reintroducing its F&B service onboard for economy pax

American Airlines reintroduces beverage service

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American Airlines is reintroducing its F&B service onboard for economy pax

From 1 May, American Airlines will reintroduce full beverage service in all domestic premium cabins. Starting 1 June, beverage service, including canned drinks, juice and water, will begin in the main cabin.

Later this summer a full main cabin beverage service, including alcoholic beverage options, along with American’s popular buy-on-board food program.

American worked hand-in-hand with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and medical experts from American’s Travel Health Advisory Panel to determine to the safest way to carefully return the food and beverage program.

“American’s reintroduction of beverage service is a careful and informed process to ensure everyone on board feels safe and comfortable,” said Brady Byrnes, Vice President of Flight Service. “When customers fly with American, they are trusting us with their safety. We worked closely with the union that represents our flight attendants, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and medical experts on this process. Through our partnership, we collectively determined that the timing is right to bring back this service, and we can do so while continuing to give customers peace of mind.”

Feedback from flight attendants and customers will be closely considered as more food and beverage service is introduced incrementally.

Oman Air Iftar meal box for 2021

Oman Air offering Iftar service for Ramadan

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Oman Air Iftar meal box for 2021

Oman Air has reintroduced its Iftar service and meal boxes on select flights during Holy Month of Ramadan. The Iftar Boxes are available in all cabin classes and are adorned with distinctive Ramadan-themed visuals and a Ramadan Mubarak logo extending best wishes to passengers.

This year’s Iftar boxes contain slices of fresh seasonal fruits and fruit bites, an assortment of finger sandwiches, dates and traditional maamoul, vegetables, hummus, mixed nuts, and traditional laban drink.

Full dining options will still be available for all non-Muslim guests during Ramadan. All food and beverages continue to be served in the form of bento-style boxes to reduce contact between guests and crew during meal service.

Muslim passengers will be able to enjoy Ramadan-themed feature programs that will run alongside the airline’s in-flight entertainment.

Hashim Al-Breiki, Acting Vice-President Guest Experience & Branding, said: “Oman is recognised around the world for its openness and authentic hospitality, and this is especially true during the month of Ramadan. Our Oman Air signature Ramadan service with nutritious Iftar meal boxes and select Ramadan-themed in-flight programming is a gesture of consideration at this special time of year. As an airline, we remain committed to catering to the needs of all our guests and I personally extend my best wishes for health and happiness to all those observing Ramadan around the world—Ramadan Mubarak.”

The Omnevo customer journey

Omnevo partners with dnata

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The Omnevo customer journey

dnata, through its Alpha Flight Services joint-venture, has selected Omnevo to power its future omnichannel retailing and on-board sales and service offerings on-board its largest in-flight-retail airline customer in the UAE.

The project scope includes a digital program to enrich on-board and pre-order catering programs, including the rollout of Omnevo’s digital platforms in powering the on-board ePos and pre-order systems and its unique expertise in supply-chain management.

Omnevo has created a new, modular ecosystem with low entry cost that offers a seamless, end-to-end solution, including the capability to generate real-time analytics throughout the entire supply-chain. This incorporates precise identification of what is consumed, purchased, wasted and lost, creating significant cost-savings and customer service improvements for airlines of any size.

Michael Raasch, CEO of Omnevo, welcomed the agreement: “Particularly from my own airline background, we are especially delighted to work with such globally respected operators as dnata and Alpha Flight Services. Our concept for Omnevo was crystalised right in the heart of this crisis specifically to smash through a number of key operational barriers faced by airlines and other mobility operators, so we know their challenges and how to resolve them.

Omnevo’s solution has already proven to strongly improve retail program and supply chain efficiency by double-digit percentage figures with other pioneering airlines by reducing involuntary stock-loss, fraud, food waste and routing and supply chain issues and supporting sustainability goals. These enhanced efficiencies can drive a post-COVID recovery for the airlines and operators with the vision to realise that the already declining effectiveness of traditional methodologies will not – cannot – fully address these new realities.”

David Loft, Chief Commercial Officer of dnata catering, commented: “Every area of aviation has faced an unprecedented crisis in COVID-19. Positively, the challenges of the last 12 months have driven an even sharper focus on customers across the board and fast-tracked the development of technology and product solutions.”

Qatar Airways is offering passengers on board bespoke Iftar meal bags, consisting of Middle Eastern delicacies to break their fast during the month of Ramadan.

Qatar Airways celebrates Ramadan with bespoke Iftar meal bags

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Qatar Airways is offering passengers on board bespoke Iftar meal bags, consisting of Middle Eastern delicacies to break their fast during the month of Ramadan.

Qatar Airways is offering passengers on board bespoke Iftar meal bags, consisting of Middle Eastern delicacies to break their fast during the month of Ramadan.

The Iftar bag, designed in-house, contains a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies that will be offered on selected routes across Algeria, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

On flights departing from Doha, the Iftar bag will contain a bottle of water, fresh Laban, Medjool Dates, Chicken Musakhan Wrap, Falafel Wrap and Baklava. For inbound flights to Doha, passengers will be offered the same selection with a Chicken Shawarma and a Muhammara Wrap.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “With heart-warming greetings, we wish all our passengers Ramadan Kareem.  We are delighted to invite all our passengers this holy month, to share an Iftar meal together on board. The Holy Month of Ramadan is an important time for a great number of our customers, and we are excited to provide a service that is tailored to the needs of those who are fasting.”

Travelling between time zones can be challenging for the fasting travellers; thus Qatar Airways cabin crew will make an announcement before the commencement of this service and serve the Iftar meal bags at the appropriate time during the flight.

To ensure a contactless dining experience, travellers will be able to digitally access the Iftar and Suhoor menu through their smartphones via QR codes.

ANA biodegradable meal trays

ANA commits to plastic-free meal trays

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ANA biodegradable meal trays

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will become the first Japanese airline to introduce meal trays made from biodegradable materials. Composed of bagasse – the waste fibre created from pressing sugarcane – these biodegradable trays will further reduce ANA’s carbon footprint.

The new meal trays will be introduced beginning in August 2021 for economy class meals on international flights. By replacing the plastic meal trays, the airline claims that the amount of disposable plastic used for its in-flight services will be reduced by about 30%, an amount that was equal to 317 tons during fiscal 2019.

“At ANA, we view sustainability as critical to our mission and we are constantly searching for ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Chikako Miyata, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability. “We will keep making efforts to improve sustainability and create a better planet. We will continue to consider innovative technologies that allow us to operate safely, efficiently and effectively as we serve the needs of customers worldwide.”

In 2020, ANA introduced plastic-free cutlery and straws, reducing the amount of plastic used by 25 tons compared to the previous year. The reduced use of plastic is central to ANA’s 2050 ESG initiatives and the airline will continue exploring areas where it can reduce consumption and waste.