Air France’s new chef; SAS Narita lounges a plus; AirAsia to fly to Nagoya

Air France’s new chef

Since Oct. 1, and for a period of six months, Air France has been offering special meals prepared by new chef Thibaut Ruggeri to its Business Class passengers on long-haul flights.

By entrusting the design of its menu to exceptional chefs, Air France is illustrating its role as ambassador of fine French cuisine and lifestyle. And this is the first time the airline is working with such a young chef, who won the prestigious Bocuse d’Or award in 2013.

The 33-year-old’s cuisine emphasizes the seasonality of ingredients, combining modernity and aestheticism, following the example of the generation of talented young chefs that he embodies.

A signature dish by Ruggeri will be one of the four main dishes on the menu, available on flights departing from Paris. The chef’s gourmet creation will be renewed twice a month for the pleasure of frequent travelers.

Also, a selection of wines chosen by Olivier Poussier, the world’s best sommelier in 2000, will come with each dish.

For more information, visit www.airfrance.co.jp .

SAS Narita lounges a plus

SAS is offering lounge access at Narita airport for SAS Plus passengers who are Premium Economy Class members. Narita passengers can access the SAS lounges, which are all furnished in a Scandinavian style with elegant colors and functional, yet comfortable, design features. This is in addition to SAS lounges in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Brussels, London and Paris.

SAS Plus passengers can enjoy wider, more comfortable seats, with a 6.4-inch personal monitor that plays on demand movies and music. Passengers can skip lines by checking in at SAS Business counters, race through fast-track security and enjoy priority boarding. They can also take advantage of a greater baggage allowance, including one additional piece of hand luggage. SAS EuroBonus members receive additional EuroBonus points when traveling in SAS Plus.

For more information, see www.flysas.co.jp .

AirAsia to fly to Nagoya

Following Tokyo Haneda International Airport and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport, AirAsia X will fly to Nagoya, its third destination in Japan, starting next March.

From March 17, the airline will operate flights between Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport and Kuala Lumpur four times a week — Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

In conjunction with the new destination, AirAsia X will offer discount deals for the route from as low as 199 ringgits (¥6,990) in economy and 699 ringgits (¥24,900) premium to Nagoya. Prices are for one-way trips.

Booking online is available Nov. 19-24, for travel between March 17 and next Aug. 5.

For more information, visit www.airasia.com .