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Air France Introduces A La Carte Plates And They're Total Food Porn

June 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

The French take their food seriously — even their in-flight meals. They scoff at your cheese and cracker plate; they sniff at your soggy salad; they turn their back to that handful of M&M's you grabbed from Hudson News before takeoff.

Um, not us though. Can we have a couple?

So endowed with epicurean greatness are they, that this week Air France released info on their new a la carte dining options, and they look like stuff from the goddamn cover of Food & Wine. For reals. There are six categories of plates: Traditional Chinese, Flavours of India, Thai cuisine, A taste of Korea, Japanese delights, and a Seafood basket. And each category has an interpretation for both La Première and Business class. That's 12 new dishes, available for ordering up to 24 hours in advance of your flight.

And even the plate wear is fancy. Famed French architect and designer Jean-Marie Massed designed the service, pulling together dozens of different pieces: think delicate champagne flutes, fine porcelain Bernardaud plates and Christofle cutlery. Ooh la la. Above, you'll see the seafood basket for La Première flyers. And here are a few more food porn money shots to whet your appetite.

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Cookies on a Plane: Which Airlines Still Bake Treats Onboard

October 16, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | ()

Sometimes you just need a chocolate chip cookie, but munching on such treats while hurtling through the air is sadly mostly a thing of the past. We've seen some airlines warming up cookies onboard as recently as 2012, but mergers and cutbacks mean these sweet bites are rarer than ever.

Don't despair! A few airlines do still deliver cookies on select services:

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Even on a Short Hop, We're Enamored with Emirates' Business Class

November 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we unzipped our amenity kits and showed you what's inside the über-luxe Emirates First Class swag. Now we can reveal what it's like to fly on their A380.

We booked a Business Class seat on one of the world's most sought-after airlines, on a bit of an odd route. An Emirates super jumbo A380 actually flies from Brisbane to Auckland. It's a trip of a little over three hours, but that's plenty time to enjoy a little extra luxury.

As you can expect, everything from time in the Emirates lounge to sitting back in our lie-flat seat on the upper deck contributed to our lack od desire to leave the plane upon arrival in Auckland.

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Vietnam Airlines: Where Breakfast is Not Really Breakfast

Where: Vietnam
June 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

A few months ago, we reviewed our experience on Vietnam Airlines international business class service. While we were left pleasantly surprised, not to mention utterly and completely stuffed with delicious food, we overlooked one quirk of the entire experience.

Our flight was an overnight from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne that featured two meal services, the first of which was a proper dinner service with cocktails and petit-fours. The second was breakfast right before landing on the red-eye.

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Is This the First Digital Image of a North Korean In-Flight Meal?

March 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM | by | ()

This is an airline meal. It's not just any airline meal, however; it's a piece of digital imaging and travel history and it was only created this morning.

David Guttenfelder, Chief Photographer in Asia for the AP, is currently in North Korea on assignment and taking advantage of the newly un-banned 3G network to share some Instagrams from daily life, like this seemingly banal image of his in-flight meal on North Korea's state airline, Air Koryo.

We say "seemingly banal," because it's in fact incredibly interesting. For one, has there ever been another digital image like this, instantly shared from an Air Koryo plane, location-tagged to Pyongyang's Airport? The answer is "kind of," as Guttenfelder also posted another of his Air Koryo meals (view the meal & view the plane) 29 weeks ago, but done after the fact and without a geotag.

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One Airline Offers Seven Different Vegetarian In-Flight Meals

Where: Turkey
February 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

18. Eighteen. That's how many specialty meal types an international airline offers, on average.

21. Twenty-one. That's how many you'll find in the drop-down meal options when you book on Turkish Airlines. That's quite a feat, considering how complicated it already is for catering to stock an airplane with meals for several classes of service, then to throw special dietary requests into the mix.

We actually ordered a Moslem meal for our recent flight to Istanbul, but come to find out that all standard meals served on Turkish Airlines fall into this category, as the meat is halal and all ingredients are "in accord with Islamic religious beliefs." Next time we're definitely going for a vegetarian meal, because that's where things get crazy. Turkish Airlines has no fewer than seven different vegetarian meals! Check 'em out:

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Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Threaten No-Smile Strike During Holidays

Where: Hong Kong
December 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM | by | ()

Here's some news of a looming airline strike just in time to throw a wrench in holiday travel plans. This time it's Cathay Pacific and, instead of reduced flying schedule or cancelled flights, the cabin crew will be cancelling meals and reducing smiles.

Last week, Cathay's flight attendant union asked for a 5% pay increase, but the airline only offered an additional 2% with a 13th month bonus. The union isn't cool with this and voted to withhold meals, drinks and smiles from passengers during the busy holiday season. If it comes down to not serving some food, the union will notify passengers to bring their own food aboard.

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Cheap Flights Mean Cheap Eats with Ryanair's New Onboard Menu

Where: Europe
November 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM | by | ()

Our favorite European LCC we love to hate has revamped one area where they score a few extra bucks in the air. Ryanair is now flying with an upgraded in-flight menu, meaning you may not need to "fast-food up" in the airport before boarding, thus ending the Scent of McDonald's in the cabin.

Should you choose to dine on the refreshed menu, named The Getaway Cafe, you'll find it isn't your typical snack box selection. Finally, something more than a short-stack of Pringles! The menu is chock full of "hot" and kitchen-prepared food, including ham & cheese croissant sandwiches, fresh pastries, chicken nuggets and hot soups—because there are no blankets on-board.

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Tell American Airlines What You Want, What You Really Really Want (to Eat)

October 23, 2012 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

After a few weeks of woes for American Airlines, there is some good news coming out of the troubled airline. It's nothing to do with their bankruptcy, but everything to do with FOOD as passengers traveling in First or Business Class will now have the option of pre-ordering their in-flight dining choice.

The idea of pre-ordering food before hopping on the plane is hardly groundbreaking, we know. This news comes as AA is the first US carrier to offer the service to passengers flying domestic routes and paying the big bucks to sit upfront.

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14 In-Flight Food Orders from Our Own Frequent Flying Writers

September 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM | by | ()

So what if commercial aviation has been serving food and drink up in the air for over 80 years? There's still something so special about going about your day at 38,000' and meal times are definitely a part of this. Here at Jaunted, we've quite the archive of news and reviews of in-flight meals, but what about what we're actually ordering up in the sky?

We polled our frequent-traveling contributors and discovered that, though everyone loves to wet their whistle, even frequent flyers such as ourselves can be pretty picky.

And you: What's your go-to in-flight food & drink order?

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So, What Does Economy Class Eat on a 16-Hour Flight Anyway?

Where: Hong Kong
September 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM | by | ()

We make no bones about the fact that the 16-hour Cathay Pacific CX 831 nonstop stretch from New York-JFK to Hong Kong International happens to be one of the our favorite flights. While the thought of a 16-hour flight may faze most people, we've done it enough now to embrace the in-flight time and—gasp—even enjoy the foil-wrapped meals that appear every several hours.

We've shown you our steak from Cathay's Biz Class and even the boxed chocolates from Cathay's Premium Economy, but trust that we mostly fly in Economy on this route and, so, can just as ably share what the whole back of the plane is chewing on.

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First Class Onboard an American Eagle Regional Jet: 'Not Too Shabby'

June 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM | by | ()

More and more, airlines have decided to pull larger planes off short routes and put smaller, more efficient planes on. The reason is to make sure they can be filled with happy passengers, thus making the airline more money. American Airlines' regional baby, American Eagle has thus been called in for more and more routes within their network. Usually these little planes are Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ), and don't offer much in the ways of service since they are usually all economy.

Rewind to about two years ago when some of these little birds were outfitted with a cushy First Class cabin and service usually reserved only for mainline aircraft.

We finally had a chance to experience it when we booked a trip in First from Salt Lake City to Chicago. Like we said—a small plane on a big route. Our initial impressions of CRJ First Class: not too shabby, even with a few little hiccups.

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