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There are two buzz words flooding the aviation space right now, one is personalisation and the other is health. So its no surprise some airlines are going to new levels to embrace these emerging trends in order to respond to consumer demands.

Air France customers in economy and premium economy will be now able to order a new “A la Carte Menu” named Healthy for flights starting April 1st. But this is no April Fool’s, the company has created a premium light and naturally balanced menu, inviting customers to enjoy fresh, gourmet products on board a long-haul flight.

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Sadly this isn’t a free service. The ‘Healthy’ option is available for purchase from 90 days up to 24 hours before the flight’s departure. costing €21 or 7,000 Flying Blue Miles as an alternative to the menu offered on board.

It’s not the only additional menu option for purchase however, as of April 1st, 2019 from Paris passengers can pick from the Ocean, Tradition, Healthy, FAUCHON and ‘My Fun’ Menus, whilst on those departing from the French Overseas Departments, USA, Canada, Africa and Asia passengers in economy can select from the Ocean, Tradition and Italia Menus.

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The Healthy Menu comprises a starter, a main dish, cheese and dessert, which include –

Spring/summer menu from April to September 2019:
Starter: Duo of quinoa salad and soft white cheese fragranced with spices, radish pickles and green asparagus tips with olive oil
Main dish: Grilled chicken with thyme and rosemary, sauce vierge and green vegetable medley
Cheese: Ash-coated goat’s cheese with a pumpkin seed crumble
Dessert: Bourbon vanilla panna cotta, strawberry, red fruit and lime tartare

Autumn/winter menu from October 2019 to March 2020:
Starter: Lentil salad with balsamic vinegar, cubed celery and carrot, red onion and preserved lemon zest pickle
Main dish: Pollack in mandarin sauce, tangy yellow carrot and broccoli mousse
Cheese: Fresh goat’s cheese, wholegrain mustard and honey green vinaigrette
Dessert: Baked pear with orange blossom honey on cottage cheese, served with dried cranberries and crushed speculoos

Many passengers will enjoy the additional options, and while this is purely a pre-order product, we can see the appeal and have little doubt that these premium menus especially on the long haul routes will be seen as an affordable extra little luxury to make the flight experience better. Let’s not forget that the cabin crew usually prepare these meals ahead of the regular service too, meaning you are more likely to get served first, which on an overnight flight, can be an additional benefit.

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Posted by:Jonny Clark

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