Singapore Airlines will offer “wellness cuisines” on its upcoming 18-hour-45-minute flights between Singapore and New York, aimed at improving passenger comfort on what are soon to be the world’s longest commercial flights.
The airline will be partnering with wellness brand Canyon Ranch to develop new nutrition-focused menus along with scientifically backed sleep, exercise and stretching strategies designed to aid sleep and reduce jetlag.
Not many details have been release at present, though the airline has confirmed two dishes so far: Seared Chicken and Zucchini Pappardelle featuring pasta-cut zucchini, Parmesan, braised tomatoes, lemon vinaigrette and micro basil; and Lox Eggs Benedict with a whole wheat English muffin, chive cream cheese, smoked salmon, organic-egg omelette and yogurt hollandaise.
The new suite of services will first be available on its ultra-long-haul non-stop flights to New York (Newark), before being extended to its Los Angeles and San Francisco flights.
The new menus will prioritise nutrition and hydration along with bold flavours and textures, and will be offered alongside its usual meal selections. Meanwhile the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems will offer guided stretching exercises led by a Canyon Ranch exercise physiologist aimed at promoting relaxation.
Singapore Airlines has been taking steps to improve the passenger experience on its longest flights, most notably with the way it has laid out its Airbus A350-900ULR (ultra long range) aircraft that will fly these routes.
As previously reported by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, these aircraft will feature no economy class cabin. Instead, all 161 seats on board the aircraft will be either business class or premium economy, with close to half (67 seats) being in business.
Qantas similarly introduced a hydration-focused menu when it launched its 17-hour non-stop flights between Perth and London earlier this year designed to improve passengers’ sleep on the ultra-long-haul flights.
See what Business Traveller editor, Tom Otley, thought of the menu and the flight in our review of Qantas’s business class product and service from Perth to London.