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August 21, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Lufthansa Soups Up In-Flight Menus

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Over the next few weeks, Lufthansa will offer its passengers a wide range of gourmet treats during a series of culinary campaigns taking place on board its aircraft and at its airport lounges. Beginning August 20th for five weeks, Lufthansa will have a number of exceptional culinary delights in store for Business Class travelers on various European routes.

Every Thursday, the airline will offer its passengers a Bento box with Asian delicacies. The selection will include the finest sushi, maki and other small dishes, such as chicken braised in soy sauce, noodle salad, green seaweed salad, beef salad and exotic fruit. The Japanese Bento box tradition dates back to the 5th century and is based on the art of creating a visually appealing meal packed in a lunch box. The contents of Lufthansa’s Bento box are designed by Lufthansa chefs in collaboration with Hiroshi Akutsu, the renowned master sushi chef of the Medici Restaurant in Baden-Baden.

During the remaining summer months, Lufthansa passengers flying First Class can look forward to ice cream specialties. On long-distance flights during the day, guests will have a choice of lime sorbet with champagne, a strawberry cup, tartufo or a classic mixed ice cream.

Until the end of August, on longer routes within Europe and on domestic German flights from Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf, Business Class passengers will be offered ice cream cones.

Lufthansa’s popular “Blue Hour” will be resumed at the beginning of September. Every Friday from then on, Business Class passengers on selected domestic German and European flights will be offered a special drink to start the weekend. From 4:30 pm until the late evening, they can look forward to an international cocktail such as a cosmopolitan or a mai tai, with accompanying menu variations to match the country of origin of the cocktail in question.

In the second half of September, passengers at selected Lufthansa lounges in Frankfurt will have a chance to sample some Viennese specialties. As part of a cooperation with the Vienna Tourist Board, Lufthansa will be serving typical Viennese delicacies. In addition, three types of Viennese wine and jams from the Austrian capital and Viennese pastries will be offered, as well as Austrian pralines. A series of raffles will be held in the lounges with attractive prizes, including items by Viennese designers and nearly a thousand bottles of Viennese wine.

As part of its “Special Moments” in-flight concept, Lufthansa incorporates innovative, out-of-the-ordinary ideas to pamper passengers in all travel classes on long-haul flights. These include surprising passengers with little gifts to mark a special occasion and treating them to outstanding culinary experiences. On European routes, Lufthansa invites passengers as part of its “Discover Flavor” program to savor a wide range of flavors, ingredients and styles of regional cuisine during their flight. In addition to the special Business Class menus, Lufthansa also creates ideas for seasonal and special occasions such as cultural or sports events.

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