Qatar Airways has for the first time added fully vegan options to its on-demand à la carte menu for Business Class passengers to meet the increasing demand for plant-based dishes while enhancing the dining experience of passengers when travelling with the award-winning airline to travel. Only the freshest local and international ingredients are used for the vegan dishes. They are available to all business class passengers departing from Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar and flying to Doha on selected flights.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said, “We always strive to pamper our passengers with authentic experiences in the sky. We are pleased to offer passengers an even larger choice of lifestyle with the vegan alternative in the onboard menu and to redefine the expectations of five-star service.”
The new vegan dishes were developed with sustainability and taste in mind. These include smoked mutabbal (aubergine paste similar to Baba Ghanoush), spiral zucchini and arrabbiata sauce, tofu and spinach tortellini, Asian barbecue tofu, noodles, shallots and shiitake, fried tofu with vegetable tagine, cauliflower couscous and kalamata bruschetta, and chickpea flour omelette.
Besides, the airline offers a wide range of special dishes to meet different nutritional needs. Passengers can request special meals up to 24 hours before the flight: These include menus for young travellers, vegetarian or vegan meals, religious dishes, and special medical and health options.
The Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC), as the exclusive catering provider at the HIA, ensures that all meals during the flight are prepared using the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. The QACC covers an area of 69,000 square meters, making it one of the largest independent catering facilities in the world.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the airline has taken all the necessary health and safety measures onboard its flights, including the preparation and serving of food: In Business Class, meals are served on a tray instead of on a set table. As an alternative to handing out individual cutlery, passengers are offered packaged cutlery to reduce contact between the crew and passengers. Qatar Airways has also introduced single-use menu cards and sealed refreshment tissues. In Economy Class, all meals and cutlery will be served sealed as usual, but menu cards will be temporarily abolished. All social areas onboard the aircraft have also been closed to comply with social distancing measures. For more information on Qatar Airways’ security measures, please visit qatarairways.com/Safety.