Etihad Airways Has a Farm, EE-I-EE-I-O
When it comes to airlines of the Middle East, it seems like there's pretty much nothing they can’t do. The latest carrier to spend money on a crazy idea is Abu Dhabi's Etihad, as they’re looking to do a little in-flight farming. They might not be truly growing stuff at 35,000 feet, but they’re getting behind the local food movement firmly on the ground.
Etihad just called up the local Agway—that’s our guess—as they placed an order for a whole mess of chickens and a few beehives. The organic eggs and honey will be served to passengers in the hopes that this kind of service will differentiate them from some of the other fancy pants carriers in the region.
Etihad was quick to comment that they’re the first airline in the world to offer up this kind of service, which obviously isn’t too darn surprising. The eggs will currently find their way only to the Diamond First Class cabin, so don’t be surprised if your omelet or egg sandwich doesn’t exactly look farm fresh all the way back in coach, though offering more organic items further back in the plane is in the works.
They aren’t stopping with eggs and honey either, as Etihad's brainstorming on starting some kind of signature line of pickles. The plan is to utilize organic herbs and spices like paprika and chili to create the new concoctions, and then they’ll serve ‘em up with a little cheese and a hunk of bread.
As of now it doesn’t seem that any other carrier has jumped onto this flight-farming trend, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the competition—we’re looking at you Emirates—think of something clever to compete. Here at home, we’re lucky to even get a bag of chips and a soda, so we doubt that Delta, American, or United will be investing in any farm land any time soon.
[Photo: D464-Darren Hall]