Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific now serves a plant-based pork alternative called Omnipork, claiming to be the world’s first airline to offer vegan pork on flights.

According to Cathay Pacific, Omnipork is a vegan blend of pea protein, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) soy, shiitake mushrooms and rice that “looks and tastes like real pork”. However, unlike real pork, Omnipork has no cholesterol, and is “cruelty-free”. What’s more, it’s 86 per cent lower in saturated fat and 66 per cent lower in calories, the airline says.

This pork alternative is marketed by local social venture Green Monday, with which the airline has been collaborating to develop new dining options for vegetarians, “flexitarians” and even meat lovers can enjoy.

For the entire month of October 2019, business class passengers travelling with Cathay Pacific can order Omnipork Bolognaise with Garganelli pasta on all long-haul flights departing from Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific said it will review passenger satisfaction and continue to experiment with Omnipork dishes.

Since October last year, the airline has been serving Beyond Meat, a beef alternative marketed by Green Monday, in The Pier First Class Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.