ANA to Offer New Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free In-flight Meals
- ・Beginning November 1, ANA will offer new vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals on international flights in an effort to further promote the "universalization of food" as part of its ANA Future Promise initiative.
- ・The new menus are part of a special collaboration with THE CONNOISSEURS member Chef Hideki Takayama and ANA Chefs, available to all passengers.
- ・ANA will continue to offer meals that meet the dietary preferences of each individual passenger, aiming to provide "delightful, kind-hearted & comfortable skies for everybody."
TOKYO, Oct. 19, 2022 - All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest and 5-Star airline for nine consecutive years, will begin to offer new vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals* starting November 1, which are becoming increasingly popular internationally. As with the previous healthy in-flight dining options that ANA started to serve onboard, these new menus are a collaboration of THE CONNOISSEURS Chef, Hideki Takayama and the ANA chefs.
- *This meal is for customers who wish to limit their gluten intake. It is not suitable for customers with wheat flour allergies. While we make every effort to prevent gluten contamination, we cannot guarantee that it will not be introduced during the production process.
Sample of Economy Class Meals
"Providing inclusive meal options is essential to ensuring our customers with the best in-flight experience," said Tomoji Ishii, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. "We look forward to delivering these high-quality menu items and supplying a range of food options for all of our customers."
The additions are part of ANA's continued efforts to provide passengers with a wide variety of choices to suit their tastes and preferences. For example, in October 2021, ANA introduced the renewal of four healthy in-flight meals; diabetic, low fat, low-calorie and low-salt meals, and these menus have been chosen by many customers and are becoming established as an option for all customers. In addition, this past March, ANA began offering a healthy rice bowl topped with a plant-based cutlet for business class passengers on select routes.
Hideki Takayama is a world-renowned French chef who has won the Bocuse d'Or International Culinary Competition in Asia Pacific twice and is the Culinary Director of "Paris 1930 de Hideki Takayama, Landis Taipei," named a one-star Michelin restaurant by the "Michelin Guide." He has a background in creating menus that cater to a wide range of tastes, including healthy and specialized foods. Hideki and the ANA chefs have worked together to create new menus that take full advantage of his knowledge and expertise.
"We had a particularly difficult time developing a vegan meal, as ANA strictly follows the guidelines set by Quality & Safety Alliance Inflight Services*," said Hideki Takayama. "Many ingredients such as dairy products, eggs, fish and meat could not be used, and we also developed the menu without root vegetables to accommodate the eating habits of more customers. With these many restrictions, it was difficult to achieve the same level of results as the gastronomic menu, and at the same time, this was the point we focused on.
As we worked on the menu development, we were able to reconfirm the appeal of vegetables, and I believe we have completed an in-flight meal that is unlike any other."
- * Launched in 2006 hosted by IATA (International Air Transport Association)
As part of ANA's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote good health and well-being, offering alternative meal options by universalizing food service, all passengers can enjoy meals that meet their individual food preferences and daily eating habits. By expanding the range of meal choices that all passengers can enjoy, ANA aims to provide a "delightful, kind-hearted & comfortable skies for everybody".
Details of the collaboration menu:
Vegan Meal (VGML), Vegetarian Meal (VLML), Gluten-free Meal (GFML)
- *Serving methods and containers vary depending on the class of service.
Applicable Routes / Service Classes
From November 1, 2022
All international routes from Japan, all classes of service on ANA-operated flights.
Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of your flight via ANA website or by telephone.
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Founded in 1952 with just two helicopters, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has grown to become the largest airline in Japan. ANA HOLDINGS Inc. (ANA HD) was established in 2013 as the largest airline group holding company in Japan, comprising 70 companies including ANA and Peach Aviation, the leading LCC in Japan.
ANA is a launch customer and the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making ANA HD the biggest Dreamliner owner in the world. A member of Star Alliance since 1999, ANA has joint venture agreements with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines - giving it a truly global presence.
The airline's legacy of superior service has helped it earn SKYTRAX's respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013, with ANA being the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation for nine consecutive years. ANA also has been recognized by Air Transport World as "Airline of the Year" three times (2007, 2013 and 2018); it is one of only a select few airlines to win this prominent award multiple times.
In 2021, ANA was awarded the 5-star COVID-19 safety rating by SKYTRAX, recognizing the airline's initiatives to provide a safe, clean and hygienic environment at airports and aboard aircraft, embodied in the ANA Care Promise.
ANA is the only company in the aviation industry to receive the Gold Class distinction from the 2022 S&P Global Sustainability Awards and ANA HD has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index list for the fifth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index list for the sixth consecutive year.
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