July 18, 2024

Finnair serves up refreshed inflight dining

Finnair has introduced a refreshed food and drink service onboard all flights, designed with simplicity and sustainability at heart.

On intercontinental flights, Business customers are now served a small amuse bouche and a starter, followed by a main meal, dessert and cheese.

Long-haul Business travellers can also opt for oat milk, as the airline’s new dairy-free alternative.

They have a choice of three main course options – the Benella rainbow trout, a Japanese inspired chicken dish or a plant-based option which celebrates the tastes of India.

Business travellers also receive a lighter second service, snacks and refreshments – along with a beverage and wine selection.

Many of the airline’s dishes on long-haul flights take inspiration from Scandinavia’s traditional flavours – with a Japanese twist – as the airline makes the most from flavours featured in the destinations they fly to.

Maarit Keränen, Finnair head of inflight food and beverage concept, said: “We’re really excited to reveal our refreshed inflight menu and we’ve found that a little twist of Japanese cuisine works well with the Scandinavian flavours.

“Sustainability is a key focus for us, which is why we’ve also introduced wooden cutlery onboard and streamlined our service offering to reduce the amount of waste onboard.

“We’ve already halved the amount of food waste in our Catering/Kitchen operations and have set ourselves a new goal to reduce food waste by a further 30%.”

Finnair customers travelling in Business on European flights are offered a sandwich, fresh cold meal with bread, or a three-course meal inspired by the much-loved Nordic flavours – along with a selection of beverages.

The Finnish flag carrier has also introduced a set menu accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine or beer to all Economy customers on intercontinental flights, as the Nordic airline looks to minimise food waste on each flight.

Finnair travellers with dietary requirements are advised to notify the airline in advance to ensure an alternative complimentary meal is available for them.

Customers travelling in Economy on European flights are served a glass of Finnair’s famous blueberry juice and keen eyed travellers will also notice the new wooden birch cutlery and paper cups during the inflight service.

The Finnish flag carrier focuses on local ingredients and on return flights from long-haul destinations all meals are made locally.

As well as the refreshed menu, Finnair has also brought back its Nordic Kitchen on board menu, which means travellers can now buy drinks and snacks onboard.

Finnair has ambitious sustainability goals, with an aim to be carbon neutral by the end of 2045 and the refreshed menu marks another step towards their goal of reducing waste and weight onboard all flights.