High-flying Italian food; SAS offers new meals; jet fuel goes green

High-flying Italian food

Cathay Pacific Airways has partnered with Tosca, the fine-dining Italian restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, to launch a new in-flight menu campaign.

Through July 31 2014, the promotional menu will be served to passengers in first class and business class on selected long-haul and regional Cathay Pacific flights departing from Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific General Manager Inflight Services James Ginns said: “We are delighted to be working with The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and their Michelin-starred Tosca restaurant to bring modern interpretations of classic Italian dishes onto our flights. The partnership with the Ritz-Carlton optimizes our menu options in providing quality cuisine that matches the high expectations of our passengers.”

Tosca’s Michelin-starred chef, Pino Lavarra, has designed a delicious menu for the airline comprising starters, pastas, entrées and desserts that are authentic Italian dishes at heart, but with added elements of sophistication.

Chef Lavarra said, “I have crafted a special menu that combines a set of interesting dishes and flavors, which I hope will enliven the gustatory senses of passengers, enabling them to enjoy something that’s uniquely delicious in the open skies.”

SAS offers new meals

Scandinavian Airlines has created a new concept for its SAS Go and SAS Plus in-flight meals and beverages based on the results of a customer survey conducted in the autumn of 2013.

Since March 30, SAS Plus members have been offered evening meals, comprising an appetizer, salad and a main course, after 4 p.m. on flights within Europe.

In addition, three breakfasts may be available (additional charges apply for SAS Go members), depending on flight times.

A make-your-own option is a warm bun with fillings on the side, allowing passengers to create their own unique meal, while a ready-made option features breakfast prepared by the crew. Breakfasts to go are given to passengers who slept through mealtime when they deplane. All three meals are served with coffee, which is flavored depending on the season.

Jet fuel goes green

Solena Fuels has partnered with British Airways in a commitment to build the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.

Located in the Thames Enterprise Park in Thurrock, England, this project is set to revolutionize the production of sustainable aviation fuel.

Approximately 575,000 tons of post-recycled waste will be converted into 120,000 tons of clean-burning liquid fuel, and British Airways has made a long-term commitment to purchase 50,000 tons per year of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said, “The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”