Fine dining in the sky; ‘festival by Paul’ gifts; Cathay adds H.K. flights

Fine dining in the sky

From April 1, five new dishes by Michelin-starred chef Régis Marcon have been available for business-class customers on Air France’s long-haul flights.

Stewed green lentils with shrimp, braised shoulder of lamb with figs and free-range chicken with black morel mushrooms are just some of the chef’s creations that customers will be able to enjoy.

Since December 2011, the airline has entrusted one dish from its business-class menu to a renowned French chef aboard long-haul flights from Paris to promote its role as ambassador of fine French cuisine and lifestyle.

Joël Robuchon, Guy Martin, Michel Roth and Thibaut Ruggeri were the first to carry out this mission as French gastronomy ambassadors, and Marcon is the latest to join this illustrious group.

Renowned for his authentic cuisine, the chef’s dishes will be changed twice a month for the benefit of frequent travelers.

On April 22, the three-starred chef will personally present his gourmet creations to Air France business customers on a special flight to Tokyo’s Narita airport.

‘Festival by Paul’ gifts

Virgin Atlantic is collaborating with Paul Smith on its “Festival by Paul” collection and will be giving away Paul Smith mugs to the first 50 customers to purchase return tickets between London and Tokyo from the airlines’ website.

The “Festival by Paul” collection is inspired by outdoor summer festivals, in particular the Glastonbury Festival, a five-day music festival that takes place in Somerset, England. The campaign is valid from April 10 to May 11 and applicants must be a Japanese resident to be eligible for the free gift.

Virgin Atlantic is also giving away two pairs of return tickets to London departing from Tokyo during this period.

The free tickets can be used on flights departing between Oct. 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015, excluding Dec. 19 to Dec. 31. The return ticket is valid for three months following the departure date.

Cathay adds H.K. flights

Cathay Pacific has increased its flights from Hong Kong to Sapporo and Osaka ahead of the summer increase in travelers.

The airline will be offering six extra flights per week between Sapporo and Hong Kong from July 3 through Aug. 30, while three additional weekly flights will be added to the Osaka-Hong Kong route between Sept. 1 and Oct. 25.

Flight CX582 will depart Hong Kong at 07:55 and touch down in Sapporo at 13:50. The return flight, CX583, departs Sapporo at 17:35 for the four-hour trip.

CX592 serves the Osaka route, departing Hong Kong at 07:55 and arriving at 12:45. The return flight, CX593, departs Osaka at 18:40 with a scheduled arrival into Hong Kong at 21:35.

All four flights will be running every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.