All Nippon Airways (ANA) is introducing a new menu featuring plant-based and sustainably sourced ingredients.
The meals will be available to all passengers on international flights departing Japan from March 1.
Business class passengers will be offered a healthy rice bowl topped with a plant-based cutlet, while those travelling in economy will be served salads which include soft kale grown from ANA’s composting operations.
ANA says that approximately 248 tons of food waste and 28 tons of oil is collected every year, and that since 2008 the group has recycled 100 per cent of the waste into compost and animal feed. It aims to use more food products produced through the composting operation in the future.
The airline says that the new dishes “align with the values of ANA Future Promise”, the carrier’s initiative to promote sustainability and social good.
Additionally, the airline became the first Japanese airline to introduce meal trays made from biodegradable materials last April.
Junko Yazawa, senior vice president overseeing customer experience management and planning, said:
“These new meals demonstrate our commitment to prioritizing sustainability and openness while still providing an unrivaled passenger experience.
“The meals include healthy, sustainably sourced ingredients and are prepared with the same degree of precision and dedication as all of our inflight cuisine.”
This comes after the airline launched a series of healthy meals last October in collaboration with its The Connoisseurs culinary partners – a group of chefs and sommeliers from Japan and abroad. See our guide to famous chef partnerships in the air for more information on The Connoisseurs.