Business-class passengers can enjoy plant-based gourmet cuisine without ordering ahead of time.
With sustainability and wellbeing being thrust back into the spotlight thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, some airlines are doubling down on their environmental commitments. Travelers flying business class on Qatar Airways from Doha’s Hamad International Airport now have the option to order vegan dishes from the à la carte menu, while plant-based choices will also be available on selected flights into Doha.
Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, the exclusive catering provider at Hamad International Airport, looked not just to regional Middle Eastern cuisine for inspiration—it also mined the culinary traditions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa to create Qatar Airways’ first fully vegan range of gourmet dishes. These include smoked moutabel—cousin to baba ghanoush—served with spiral courgettes and arrabbiata sauce; tortellini stuffed with tofu and spinach; noodles with scallions, shiitake mushrooms, and barbecued tofu; chickpea flour omelet; and vegetable tajine with cauliflower couscous and kalamata bruschetta.
In a statement, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said, “We always strive to provide our customers with authentic and indulgent experiences in the skies. We are delighted to incorporate a vegan main course choice to our on-board menu, offering our passengers yet another lifestyle choice that redefines the expectations from a five-star airline.”
Qatar Airways passengers across all cabin classes can request a special meal up to 24 hours before their flight, with options specifically catering to young travelers, vegetarians, and those adhering to all kinds of religious or medical requirements. Given the ongoing pandemic, the inflight dining experience is slightly different, with business-class meals served covered on a tray instead of the usual table setup, and a cutlery wrap offered as an alternative to individual cutlery service. Single-use menu cards and sealed refreshing wipes are also being provided to J-class passengers as an extra safety precaution.
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