In traditional Qatar Airways style, the airline doesn’t hold back when it comes to a celebration. In honour of the Chinese New Year, the airline has introduced an oriental inspired menu on board flights to popular Asia destinations between 11 and 12 February 2021. In Qatar Airways’ Doha Al Mourjan Business Lounge, passengers will also have the opportunity to sample a range of Asian cuisine to celebrate the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.
Business Class passengers travelling to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore can select from an à la carte menu that will feature Cantonese style pineapple smoked salmon, white radish stuffed with cream cheese and dragon fruit, chicken and prawn wonton soup with shiitake mushrooms, spring onion and chilli soy sauce, stir-fried handmade noodles with lobster in Doubanjiang sauce mixed with mushrooms and spring onion, and pan seared duck with lotus seed brown rice and vegetables. Following this, passengers can indulge in a tantalising dessert which includes dried raspberry kumquat mousse.
Passengers travelling in Economy Class will sit down to enjoy stir-fried prawn noodles with spring onions and crispy Youtiao, or sweet and sour chicken stir-fried pineapple rice, as a main dish. For dessert, customers will be presented a tofu and honey roasted sesame seed mousse.
Premium passengers will also be treated to special Chinese New Year touches throughout their on board experience featuring a spiced oriental fizz welcome beverage on board, festive tray mats and napkin bands with traditional good luck and fortune symbols, chopsticks served on all trays, and Chinese lucky knots placed on cutlery rolls. Economy Class passengers will receive red envelopes ‘hóngbāo’ with inspiring messages that symbolise good fortune and luck for the New Year ahead.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “At Qatar Airways we recognise the importance of celebrating the customs of our diverse segments of loyal passengers. As they travel with us this year, we hope that they enjoy this special occasion and the delicious dishes our chefs have created for them as they celebrate Chinese New Year and enjoy family reunions.”
It’s great to see the airline trying to maintain its high standards and seasonal surprises, and in comparison to a sea of airlines stripping back service elements, the fact that Qatar is even investing in a new Chinese lantern design to its popular candle-lit dining service showcases that design details are important to create moments of delight.