Etihad to introduce onboard chefs in first-class cabins

30 May 2011

Etihad Airways will be introducing onboard chefs to serve its Diamond first-class passengers, raising the bar for inflight service in its premium cabins.

The new service feature will be deployed on a staggered basis from October on all flights with first-class cabins, including those bound for London, New York and Sydney. The airline will be recruiting 100 chefs this year for this initiative.

Unlike standard airline food where meals are cooked on the ground and reheated during the flight, the onboard chef will cook dishes to order, including raw meats, based on the passenger’s personal preferences. They will also be responsible for menu development for Etihad’s lounges.

Earlier this month, the carrier also unveiled new amenity kits for female Diamond first passengers in a collaboration with Swarovski crystals (see story here). The new kit, which will be introduced on flights to London, Paris, Geneva, Sydney and Melbourne, include a black cosmetic purse with Swarovski crystals. Lee Shave, Etihad’s vice president for products and services, said: “In our market research, we found that very few airlines are developing products suited to the needs of female travellers so we created these separate amenity product lines.”

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Alisha Haridasani

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