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21 Oct 2022 by Anithya Balachandran

All Nippon Airways will begin to offer new vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals starting November 1, which are becoming increasingly popular internationally. As with the previous healthy in-flight dining options that ANA started to serve onboard, these new menus are a collaboration of Chef Hideki Takayama and the ANA chefs.

“Providing inclusive meal options is essential to ensuring our customers with the best in-flight experience,” said Tomoji Ishii, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience Management & Planning of ANA. “We look forward to delivering these high-quality menu items and supplying a range of food options for all of our customers.”

The additions are part of ANA’s continued efforts to provide passengers with a wide variety of choices to suit their tastes and preferences. For example, in October 2021, ANA introduced the renewal of four healthy in-flight meals; diabetic, low fat, low-calorie and low-salt meals, and these menus have been chosen by many customers and are becoming established as an option for all customers.

Hideki Takayama is a world-renowned French chef who has a background in creating menus that cater to a wide range of tastes, including healthy and specialised foods. Hideki and the ANA chefs have worked together to create new menus that take full advantage of his knowledge and expertise. “We had a particularly difficult time developing a vegan meal, as ANA strictly follows the guidelines set by Quality and Safety Alliance Inflight Services*,” said Hideki Takayama. “Many ingredients such as dairy products, eggs, fish and meat could not be used, and we also developed the menu without root vegetables to accommodate the eating habits of more customers. With these many restrictions, it was difficult to achieve the same level of results as the gastronomic menu, and at the same time, this was the point we focused on. As we worked on the menu development, we were able to reconfirm the appeal of vegetables, and I believe we have completed an in-flight meal that is unlike any other.”