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Air Canada Announces Major Upgrade to Onboard Menus

Air Canada has today announced the introduction of over 100 rotating seasonal recipes and irresistible snacks and beverages to every cabin with care and class.  The new culinary program showcases Canadian entrepreneurs, chefs, brands and local ingredients.


Air Canada Introduces Elevated Onboard Dining Experience - Courtesy Air Canada

On Thursday (March 7, 2024), Air Canada announced a comprehensive upgrade to their award-winning menus for customers in all cabins, with over 100 new rotating seasonable recipes, along with a range of new snacks and beverages.  The new menu choices join the largest inflight bar offering of any airline in North America.  Additionally, Air Canada is the only airline in North America to offer hot fresh children’s meals for purchase through their North American Bistro program, reiterating the airline’s commitment to family travel.


In Thursday’s announcement, Air Canada’s President – Loyalty & Product, Scott O’Leary, said.


“We’re incredibly proud to introduce these delicious new dining options, featuring homegrown Canadian products and ingredients reflecting the diversity of Canada and our customers’ tastes and preferences.  The thought and care we've brought to elevating our menus, and bringing fresh new flavours for all, is one of the many ways we're investing in every aspect of our customers’ journey to make travel even better.”

 

Air Canada’s new enhanced culinary program spotlights the carrier’s long-standing award winning culinary partners, Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Vikram Vij and Chef Jérôme Ferrer, showcasing flavors, textures and fresh ingredients, all complemented by wine selections from Air Canada’s sommelier, Véronique Rivest.


International Economy Class travelers can enjoy new global flavors such as Thai Chicken and rice with roast potatoes and bell peppers.  This is in addition to Chef Ferrer’s classic pesto penne on flights departing Canada, and on longer flights that serve a hot breakfast, a new pancake and 100 percent pure Canadian maple syrup breakfast.  For flights departing Europe, guests can enjoy new Monty’s Bakehouse savory pastries, including coconut chicken and potato sour cream and chive.  The refreshed menu offerings join recently introduced regional appetizers like Soba noodles, chaat, hummus and vegetables.

 

The upgraded Bistro menu, rolling out through spring 2024, offers the most extensive selection of  fresh buy-onboard options from any North American airline, with selections such as a hearty peppercorn roast beef sandwich, tasty cheeseburger sliders, and fresh new vegan options like Mediterranean hummus wraps.  This is alongside an extensive selection of alcoholic beverages, including new, premium crafted, and Canadian-owned Tequila Tromba in all cabins and Bistro, as well as iconic Campari in all premium cabins and Bistro.


Air Canada Signature guests traveling internationally can enjoy exciting flavors from around the world, including options such as chicken thigh with mandi rice and Emirati bzar sauce, roasted salmon in teriyaki sauce with Shandong noodles and a Middle Eastern mezze plat appetizer, with more choices to be rolled out through spring 2024. Air Canada’s latest lounge and inflight menus will include an array of homegrown ingredients, including wild caught  Fogo Island cod, which will return to the Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson.

 

Air Canada remains the only carrier on the continent serving hot meals on North American Business Class flights under two hours.  Some new, upgraded light selections include flatbread with arugula, chicken tenders with coleslaw, cobb salad and elevated charcuterie and cheese plates.  On morning flights, Air Canada’s Business Class guests enjoy a full hot breakfast, featuring the customer favorite parsley omelet with chicken sausage, as well as new recipes such as clafoutis and pancakes with 100 percent pure Canadian maple syrup.


New sweet, salty and protein-rich snacks and Canadian favorites have also arrived on all flights.  Buttery Herb and Garlic craft pretzels by family-owned TWIGZ from Alberta, are now complimentary on all North America flights under two hours, as well as in Economy Class on international flights.  Other delightful snacks include Sweet Sixteen original candy mix from Quebec, Chomps grass-fed beef jerky, and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares with a sea salt caramel filling.  The new selections join customer favorites such as Kit Kat, Miss Vickie’s and MadeGood.  The expanded selection of snacks are now available in Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy, and flights to/from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport .

 

Tea lovers traveling in Business Class will enjoy selections from luxury tea purveyor Dilmah, with fragrant new blends that include Ceylon Earl Grey, Chamomile, Peppermint, Green, Lemon & Ginger and Orange Pekoe teas.  Dilmah’s Orange Pekoe is now also brewed in Economy and Premium Economy cabins.  Specialty teas are also available on select routes, including Jasmine (China), Chai (India), Brown Rice Green Tea (Korea), and Japanese Green Tea (Japan).


Air Canada is also expanding their pre-order meal service this year, with the rollout to include premium cabins in North America, starting with flights offering Signature Class and Premium Economy cabins.  Later this year, customers in premium cabins will be able to pre-select their second meal choice on international flights.  With the goal of reducing inflight waste, the pre-order program aligns with Air Canada’s commitment to sustainability.  This is just one of the carrier’s ongoing efforts to minimize their environmental footprint.  To learn more about Air Canada’s new, elevated inflight culinary offer, please click here.



Source: Air Canada

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