JAL introduces new in-flight food

27 Aug 2012

Japan Airlines (JAL) is introducing a range of new in-flight meal options on its international routes from September 1. 

In first and executive class cabins on most routes, there will be a new selection of Japanese cheeses, including ones made from the yeast of miso and sake. These will be specially matched with western and Japanese wines. 

JAL began offering its passengers the chance to taste Japanese cheeses on board back in March, when it also renewed its wine list.  

In the premium economy and economy cabins of flights from Tokyo Haneda to San Francisco, Bangkok and Singapore, the airline will begin serving a special Noriben breakfast.  

This will contain hearty strips of nori, a dried seaweed known for its curative properties, laid on top of steamed white rice. Until November, it will be accompanied by grilled salmon and chikuwa, a steamed fish paste. From December, it will be served with grilled chicken and fried burdock. 

The airline will also continue its partnerships with popular Japanese restaurants to recreate their most famous meals onboard. From September, it will serve the Tokyo-based restaurant Taimeiken’s dandelion omelet rice on Europe and US bound flights.  

The dish has a thin omelet that resembles a flow of a delicate dandelion as it is placed on the white rice beneath. 

Alongside this, the airline also plans to reintroduce dishes by the well-known Japanese restaurant chain Yoshinoya on flights from Los Angeles to Narita. 

Cathay Pacific also recently revamped their in-flight food offerings, introducing a range of Hong Kong-style dishes (see story here)

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Nicholas Olczak

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