Delta, American, Alaskan. More Airlines Offering Vegan Food

by | August 13, 2018

More and more airlines offering vegan food as part of their meal service.

“Based on the number of requests we get, you’d think 50 percent of people are gluten-free or vegetarian”

David Rodriguez, Alaskan Airlines

A phrase from Alaskan Airlines food and beverage manager, David Rodriguez. It signals the growing awareness of where our food comes from, and how the markets, specifically the airlines offering vegan food in response to those growing demands.

The traditional offerings of ‘beef or chicken’ is now expanding to include more gluten-free and vegan meals in the skies. Seattle based airline Alaska has stated that they don’t want to just offer up anything, the food has to also be tasty and in demand. the airline doesn’t want to “just have it to have it.”

While the cost of the flight will always be the leading factor in a travelers decision to fly with a certain airline, the Air Transport Association recently held a survey, that revealed passengers are also factoring in the food available in their decision making.  

As more airlines offering vegan food options, such as American and Delta bring back the free dinner options, that were discontinued over a decade ago – they are also factoring in vegan and gluten-free dishes as more requests are made for them.

DOWNLOAD THE RAISE VEGAN APPLE APP

Vegetarian meals are the most popular special-request made to Delta, said spokeswoman Savannah Huddleston, followed by gluten-free, and such special meals now account for about 4 percent of the meals Delta serves.

New products that are just emerging onto the market are making their way onto the flights, as Air New Zealand recently started serving the Impossible Food bleeding burger on their flights from New Zealand to the United States.

Yet, with so many new airlines offering vegan food on flights, there will always be room for human error, as American Airlines, Rus Brown explains, “We offer so many things on airplanes and sometimes the signature ice cream sundae makes it in front of a customer who says they want low-carb.”


WANT YOUR MAGAZINE IN PRINT? GET IT FOR UNDER $4 A MONTH RAISEVEGAN.STORE

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:
Raise Vegan

Associate Editor, USA | Contactable via [email protected]

twitter

Categories: News
Tags:

Comments

Leave a Comment