Emirates dishes out more vegan choices to meet demand

Vegan burger

With a surge of 40 per cent in customer demand for plant-based meals, Emirates will introduce an array of new vegan dishes onboard and in lounges later this year to meet rising demand.

Having served vegan meals since the 1990s, the airline will add even more dishes to its ‘vegan vault’ of more than 300 curated plant-based recipes this year across all classes.

Vegan burger

In 2023, Emirates had more than 300 vegan recipes in rotation across 140 destinations, up from 180 recipes in 2022. In total, the airline served more than 450,000 plant-based meals onboard, an increase from 280,000 plant-based meals served in 2022.

The biggest increase in consumption of vegan meals occurred in Economy Class, said Emirates in a press release, while there were significant increases on Emirates routes to China, Japan and the Philippines.

In addition, Emirates will be launching a selection of new vegan main courses, vegan snacks and desserts later this year.

Vegan options are available to pre-order onboard and order directly in First Class, as well as in Emirates Lounges. Customers can request vegan meals on all Emirates flights and across all classes of travel up to 24 hours before departure.

Many Emirates Cabin Crew are also embracing a plant-based diet, as Emirates introduced vegan meals for Cabin Crew in 2018.

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