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China Airlines Introduces Michelin Green Star to In-Flight Catering with Plant-based Cuisine

2022 Nov 30

The lifting of international border restrictions has seen a resurgence in travel demand. China Airlines has now partnered with Yang Ming Spring, a food and beverage brand and winner of the Michelin Green Star for two consecutive years, to create a new " Clean & Green Plant-based Cuisine" to enhance the diversity and quality of in-flight catering services. The new menu will go live on December 1. Travelers departing from Taiwan can make a reservation online in advance to enjoy the classic plant-based gourmet menu.

Yang Ming Spring Restaurant Wins Michelin Green Star Two Years Running by Insisting on Handpicked Local Ingredients Yang Ming Spring Restaurant has been a long-standing advocate for plant-based food, beverages and local, hand-picked ingredients.

Attentive, thought-out preparation of the ingredients not only reduces pollution and waste but also produces low-carbon, plant-based cuisine that embody the best practices in sustainability and environmental protection. Yang Ming Spring Restaurant won the Michelin Green Star award in 2021, 2022 and the restaurant continues to develop menus that are both innovative and sustainable. The latest creation is the " Clean & Green Plant-based Cuisine" developed in conjunction with China Pacific Catering Services and Kaohsiung Airport Catering Services of the CAL Group. The exclusive in-flight menu was the first time that Michelin Green Star cuisine has taken to the skies.

The " Clean & Green Plant-based Cuisine" menu will go live on December 1. Premium Business and Business Class will open with the Spring Platter Salad containing a host of colorful entrées such as yam noodles in fruit salsa, okra with black bean and sesame sauce, cucumber in pine nut miso, and stone flowers with orange and apple sauce. The main dishes of Truffle Risotto and Vegan Fish Fillet with Whole Grain Mustard break away from Chinese vegan traditions for an unforgettable taste sensation. The Shou Wu Nourishing Soup is made from more than 10 precious traditional herbs. In Premium Economy, the entrées are fruit salsa, cucumber in pine nut miso, and okra with orange and apple sauce. Economy Class will be offered one of the four main dish options at random, these being Vegan Conchiglie Bolognese, Plant-based Meat & Quinoa Rice with Cream Sauce, Curry Stewed Rice with King Oyster Mushroom, and Braised Plant-based Meat & Tumeric Rice. Instead of traditional Asian vegan dishes, passengers in all cabin classes on flights departing from Taiwan can now opt for Michelin Green Star plant-based foods. Premium Business, Business Class and Premium Economy Class passengers can pre-order through online exclusives or Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML) and Economy Class passengers can pre-order Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML) as their special meal.

China Airlines is a role-model in ESG for the global airline industry and continues to focus on sustainable development based on the spirit of "sustainability, environmental friendliness, and local sourcing." In addition to the pursuit of corporate sustainability, China Airlines is also setting trends on plant-based foods in the global airline industry by promoting low-carbon in-flight catering and zero waste. The in-flight catering services of China Airlines caters for diversity. In addition to the newly released " Clean & Green Plant-based Cuisine" (Vegetarian Oriental Meal - VOML), up to 20 special meal options including Vegetarian Vegan Meal (VGML), Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal (VLML), Vegetarian Indian Meal (AVML), Fruit Meal (FPML), Baby/Child Meals (BBML, CHML) and a variety of Nurture Meals are available for those with special dietary needs. China Airlines will continue to introduce starred feasts in the clouds to provide a passenger’s taste buds with a fulfilling travel experience.