Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates celebrates 51st UAE National Day on board

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Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates is marking the 51st UAE National Day with a range of exciting activities that include new design motifs and lighting schemes in its aircraft cabins, traditional Arabic sweets served on board and an exclusive UAE commemoration watch for sale on EmiratesRED in the Emirates Lounges in Dubai.

UAE National Day marks the union of the seven emirates and is celebrated on 2 December. Joining the celebrations, Emirates gives passengers in all classes departing Dubai an Emirati-inspired sweet treat, Qahwa or coffee-flavoured milk chocolate in a giftbox adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Passengers visiting Emirates Lounges in Dubai can enjoy miniature date tarts laced with Arabic coffee cream, or a delicately whipped and creamy date mousse.

As passengers board aircraft in Dubai and disembark at their destination, colourful mood lighting representing the UAE flag illuminates the aircraft interior and in another subtle touch, Emirates’ multi-award-winning ice inflight entertainment system will bear the iconic Ghaf tree, a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment. The motif is also used as a design highlight throughout Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft interiors.

Emirates’ in-flight entertainment library offers content about the history and future of the UAE, highlights of food and drink beloved in the region, UAE arts and culture including many movies, podcasts and songs by Emirati artists, as well as travel guides exploring UAE attractions and hidden gems.

Passengers can also purchase a limited edition Zinvo Air Blade 50 years Anniversary Edition Automatic Watch on board all Emirates flights.

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SKY express announces collaboration with baby food company

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SKY express

Greek carrier SKY express has announced a collaboration with leading baby food company, GERBER ® organic.

SKY express says it continues to consistently offer unique services that meet the needs of the modern traveller. The airline has revealed it will offer children delicious and healthy snacks from 12 November and for a one month period, all children aged two to five years old travelling on board the carrier will get GERBER ® organic treats such as organic cereal bites, and fruits and vegetables without added sugar, salt, preservatives and dyes.

Qantas rolls out new domestic Economy Class menu

Qantas rolls out new domestic Economy Class menu

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Qantas rolls out new domestic Economy Class menu

After several months of development, Qantas has rolled out its new domestic Economy Class menu. The new menu features dishes such as ham and egg hollandaise ciabattas, spinach and ricotta wraps, roast chicken and chive on light rye sandwiches, zucchini and corn fritters, pear and ginger cakes and gluten-free and plant-based chocolate caramel slices.

Bolognese calzone, chicken and potato Mediterranean croquettes, and zucchini and caramelised onion frittata are also offered, and complimentary wine and beer is available on select domestic flights from 4pm every day, and from 9am on flights over three and half hours, according to the carrier.

Qantas says the menu will be served in multiple weekly cycles out of major Australian port and that there are six variations of the menu for each service time – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.

Phil Capps, Qantas Executive Manager of Product and Service commented: “Qantas is continuing to invest in product and service as we work to get back to our best. We have been progressively returning normal service levels and last month we fast tracked the return of vegetarian options on all flights.

“We started work on the new menu several months ago and have put a lot of effort into creating variety, drawing on premium ingredients from a wide range of local producers. We are proud to promote not just great Australian produce but also some terrific Australian small businesses like The Handmade Food Company based in Caboolture and Springhill Farm from Ballarat,” added Mr Capps.

offer environmentally friendly inflight meal options for its first and business classes

ANA to offer environmentally friendly in-flight meal options

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offer environmentally friendly inflight meal options for its first and business classes

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will be offering environmentally friendly in-flight meal options for the carrier’s First Class and Business Class passengers on select international routes.

The menus will feature sustainable dishes and ingredients with that have a smaller environmental impact.

Tomoji Ishii, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA commented: “The sustainability of the society we live in is just as important as the health of our customers. With our sustainable approach to in-flight meals, among other initiatives, we aim to make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same.”

ANA Catering Service has recycled 100% of the food waste collected from in-flight meal preparations into compost and animal feed since 2008. In March 2022, it also started serving soft kale grown with compost recycled from in-flight meal preparation waste on economy class on certain international routes. ANA also says that kale focaccia, handmade one by one in-house at the in-flight catering facility and kneaded with soft kale paste in the dough, will be available as part of its First and Business Class in-flight meals on select international routes from Japan from 1 September through 30 November.

Bamboo shoot delight

ANA will also serve a new Nobeoka bamboo shoot dish on select international First Class routes departing from Japan from 1 September through 30 November. Nobeoka bamboo shoots are made from bamboo shoots grown in Nobeoka, a city in Miyazaki prefecture Japan and developed to tackle the issue of abandoned bamboo groves.

In addition to these initiatives, ANA says that, starting October 2022, it will adopt rice that has been out of circulation in the market in the ANA Group Training Center employee cafeteria in cooperation with Food Loss bank, Inc. This rice has been out of circulation due to time since harvest and not due to quality issues. The carrier says it hopes this will increase employee awareness for sustainability.

Finnair business class menu

Finnair launches new in-flight dining concept on board

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Finnair business class menu

Finland’s flag carrier Finnair has launched a new long-haul in-flight dining concept.

The new modern premium dining experience complements the Finnish carrier’s major investment that features a brand-new spacious Business Class, new Premium Economy and refreshed Economy cabins.

Long-haul Business Class customers on board Finnair’s flights can choose from up to six main dishes as well as smaller bistro-style dishes, while there will be an emphasis on casual dining in Premium Economy.

The new menus focus on offering pure, fresh flavours and draw upon the country’s famed Nordic heritage.

Eerika Enne, Finnair’s Head of Inflight Customer Experience, said: “To complement our new long-haul Business Class and Premium Economy cabins, we have completely rethought our service concept to offer a modern, contemporary and premium dining experience for our customers.

“Using the expertise of our Finnair Kitchen chefs, we have drawn upon our Nordic heritage to create menus which make the most of locally sourced produce, creating delicious dishes to enjoy in comfort at 39,000ft.”

The new concept menu also offers a swifter service option to make the most of customers’ rest and relaxation experience in the air.

The new menus include the carrier’s brand new “Northern Blush” signature cocktail and refreshed drinks selection, including Mikropolis’s Negroni cocktail, and featuring Finnish producers with whisky from Kyrö, gin from Helsinki Distillery and Valamo XO dessert wine.

Business Class customers can now enjoy a modern premium dining experience with smaller bistro-style dishes. Two cold dishes are followed by a hot dish and a side, both of which have three options also offering the chance to share dishes between travel companions.

The meals can be complemented with cheese, dessert and the new beverage selection, while a second, lighter meal such as breakfast or a light lunch is served before landing, depending on the time of the day.

In the new Premium Economy Class, the focus is on quality casual dining with a three-course main meal and two main dish options to choose from.

According to Finnair, the menu design was inspired by the recently launched littala Kuulas dining collection, created exclusively for Finnair by Harri Koskinen, one of Finland’s best-known contemporary designers.

Finnair has also significantly reduced single-use items and plastics on board by using more sustainable options.

WTCE launches competition

WTCE shines a light on sustainable catering onboard

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WTCE launches competition

The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) has released the first look at this year’s Taste of Travel programme.

The line-up features sessions focused on sustainable catering and the programme, curated in association with OnBoard Hospitality magazine and organised by editor Jo Austin, will feature a platform of educational content delivered through exclusive presentations, top passenger experience professionals and sustainability experts within the sector.

The programme will also see live demonstrations from some of the industry’s leading chefs, complemented by product sampling opportunities in the Taste of Travel Theatre.

Opening the first day of the programme, Marc Warde from Libero Special Meals will rationalise the dietary needs of special meal passengers whose requirements deserve to be placed at the top of the catering agenda. Joined by a panel of food and diet experts, they will lead a thought-provoking discussion on allergens, diets and the future of special meals onboard to enhance awareness on current meal codes.

WTCE event director Polly Magraw said: “We are very excited for the Taste of Travel programme to return to WTCE in person for the first time in three years. It is always a huge success and we can’t wait to welcome such a great line-up of chefs, consultants, airline and rail representatives to dissect the biggest trends currently dominating the industry. Ensuring customers receive the best passenger experience possible is the main priority, and the Taste of Travel Theatre aims to support this.”


World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo celebrates 10th anniversary

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The World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The show, which returns to Hamburg Messe from 14 to 16 June, has a series of initiatives to mark the milestone and will focus on enabling the industry to accelerate its post-pandemic recovery and enhance the passenger travel experience.

The key themes this year include sustainability and wellness, passenger personalisation, boosting ancillary revenue and inspiring the next generation. The event will feature more than 250 suppliers of onboard products and services, including more than 75 companies making their WTCE debut this year such as GreenMouse, Cocktailmenot, Landgarten and catering specialists SATS.

WTCE has also announced that a new competition, Onboard Icons, will be launched at the event. The competition will spotlight the industry’s most influential people and recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals in the sector over the last decade.

WTCE Event Director Polly Magraw said: “We’re thrilled that we’ll be reuniting back at the Hamburg Messe for WTCE once again after a three-year break, and I’m sure the industry is equally as keen to meet old contacts and create new relationships at the event.

“We are particularly excited to celebrate WTCE’s 10th anniversary and share some of the industry’s fantastic successes from the past decade, while looking ahead to the next 10 years. Although it has been a tough couple of years for the aviation and travel industry, we’re looking forward to celebrating and supporting our visitors and exhibitors with a programme packed with opportunities to learn, discover and build sustainable businesses for the future.”

Visitors and exhibitors are invited to a free-to-attend drinks reception, sponsored by Heineken, to celebrate the 10th anniversary and to network with other attendees on Wednesday 15 June.

Ipeco introduces new SAROS Beverage Maker

Ipeco announces new beverage maker with reliable flow-through heating system

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Ipeco introduces new SAROS Beverage Maker

Aircraft crew and executive jet passenger seating supplier Ipeco has expanded its growing presence within the aircraft galley insert market with a new range of inserts for both new and retrofit installations.

Ipeco says its SAROS products combine technological innovation and robust performance, improve food and beverage service for airlines and operators worldwide across multiple platforms and allow for customisation and configuration where required.

The SAROS beverage maker showcases new and exciting technological innovations, according to Luis Ruiz, Ipeco’s senior project engineer.

He said: “Key features include the ability to brew 1.5 litres of beverages to 88⁰C in under four minutes. However, flow-through heating which facilitates non-stop brewing is the game-changer, generating instant access to hot coffee or hot water for every passenger.”

The SAROS beverage maker can perform back-to-back brewing without any pre-heat, refill or re-heating time, generating significant efficiencies for crew and improving customer satisfaction. It also autonomously maintains the temperature within the heater to ensure that there is always instant access to hot water at the faucet, ensuring the next brew cycle is ready to go immediately.

Ruiz added: “The light bar display features patented technology unique to the SAROS range. This presents a live output of the equipment’s status providing cabin crew with important information that is visible from across the galley or down the aisle, thus reducing the need for cabin crew to return to the equipment to check its readiness.”

According to Ipeco, the SAROS beverage maker is designed to reduce the effects of limescale build-up on critical control and safety components by limiting their contact with hot water. The flow-through heater design also reduces the amount of water stored within the system and therefore lowers the amount of potential limescale deposited into the hydraulics, improving reliability and maintainability.

Icelandair meals

Icelandair announces option to pre-purchase meals before flight

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Icelandair meals

Icelandair is offering the carrier’s passengers the option to pre-purchase meals before flight, with the airline saying the option is available during the booking process.

Economy customers travelling with Icelandair can now pre-purchase their in-flight food on flights between Iceland and Europe and between Iceland and North America.

Icelandair is also offering a wider range of meals and passengers are able to choose from a choice of a three-course menu, an open sandwich and vegan and low-carb options. Passengers who choose not to pre-purchase their meals can purchase light snacks on board.

Icelandair passengers can add meals in “My Journey” until 24 hours before departure for those pre-purchasing. The carrier says this new offering is in line with Icelandair’s sustainability goals, the objective of reducing food waste and aircraft load. Additionally, the airline has introduced new environmentally friendly food packaging on board.

American Airlines celebrates Black History Month in the US

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American Airlines is hosting numerous events and initiatives this month to celebrate Black History Month in the US.

The carrier says that in 2022, American Airlines’ products and services in its Flagship Lounges, in-flight dining and entertainment offerings also aim to better connect with Black travellers.

Customers can now tune into the “American Black Film Festival” channel via the airline’s in-flight entertainment, with short film and documentary channel launches in February including films such as Not Just a Name, Postmate, Code Switch and Descended from the Promised Land: The Legacy of Black Wall Street. The airline will also continue to add more films throughout the year.

According to the carrier, it has sponsored the American Black Film Festival for more than 20 years. Its Black History Month in-flight entertainment channel is curated by the airline’s Black Professional Network Employee Business Resource Group that pays tribute to timeless films such as Selma, Moonlight and The Princess and the Frog.

American Airlines will also be offering a new domestic first class dining experience featuring brands rooted in diversity such as Partake. On the ground, the airline is working with top chefs such as Tiffany Derry to create menus for its Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Derry will create menu items with a high-end twist to her family’s classic southern recipes in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, an organisation with a mission to celebrate, support and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity and sustainability.