Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to vegans worldwide as “Veganuary.” The worldwide movement to encourage veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40 percent this month.
The airline has a range of dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designed with a team of nutritionists and chefs. Vegan meals rank as the third most commonly requested special meal in economy class. Last month, travelers voted Emirates as the Best Airline for Vegan Meals in a poll by Vegan News.
Emirates has over 170 plant-based recipes in its kitchen to cater to its vegan customers. Emirates’ team of nutritionists and chefs use the freshest vegetables and unique grains to create the special meals. Known for its regionally inspired cuisine on board, Emirates takes the same approach for its vegan meals with recipes inspired by its destinations. Some of the most popular dishes include mushroom ravioli, vegetable tagine served with couscous, and a sweet potato, lentil and spinach ragout served with steaming brown rice. The meals are served complete with a selection of vegan desserts such as key lime parfait with date and citrus compote, moist chocolate cake or a chia seed pudding.
Vegan meals, along with other special meals, are available on all Emirates flights and across all classes and can be requested 24 hours before departure. All the menus on board are changed monthly.
The airline introduced vegan cheese on board in April last year. To date, Emirates has served 18,000 kgs of the nut-based cheese.
For customers who are less inclined toward a plant-based diet, Emirates’ regular menus are also whipped up by award-winning chefs. The airline serves over 110 million meals on board each year.