ADDIS ABEBA – With the rising popularity of vegan meals amongst its customers, Emirates airlines says it is celebrating Veganuary on board by including an additional plant-based option on its menus for the month of January.
While a vegan meal can be pre-booked on all flights and classes, this is the first time Emirates is including a readily available vegan option on its menus.
The plant-based meal is available as a fourth main course option in First and Business Class menus on flights from Dubai to USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Addis Ababa.
Due to popular demand, Emirates is also offering a vegan option in Economy on flights to Addis Ababa for January.
Last year, Emirates served 345,000 special plant-based meals to customers on board. The airline has over 170 vegan recipes in its kitchen and for January will be serving some five dishes.
Among these, the airlines says “an Ethiopian inspired mild lentil stew, served with sauteed spinach and spiced potatoes and carrots” will be one of them.
The others are Tofu Jalfrezi – a spiced tofu and vegetable stir fry served with steamed wild rice and tandoori broccolini; Shitake Ravioli served with coriander pesto and edamame, Ancho three-bean chili – a spiced vegan stew of peppers and beans served with corn cakes, chimichurri and tofu aioli; and Shitake fried rice served with sautéed asparagus and oyster mushrooms and Marmite sauce.
On all other routes and across all classes, customers can continue to request vegan meals, along with other special meals, 24 hours before departure, according to the airlines.
The airline currently serves over 110 million meals onboard each year and catering for more than 55 million dine-in guests a year traveling to and from over 140 cities across 6 continents.