Travelers on Singapore Airlines can start to expect real treats on their international flights: food freshly picked from a farm just hours before the flight takes off. It’s part of a new partnership with AeroFarms, an indoor vertical farming company, and will provide “farm-to-plane” food for inflight meals.
Any frequent flyer can tell you, airline food is almost universally bad. But Singapore Airlines is looking to change that with a new “farm-to-plane” program. The airline has teamed up with AeroFarms, an indoor vertical farming company, to harvest food for in-flight meals just hours before departure.
“[It is] literally the world’s freshest airline food,” Antony McNeil, food and beverage director for Singapore Airlines, told Travel Update. “The only way to get fresher greens inflight is to pick them from your own garden.”
Singapore Airlines will be able to pick produce from the equivalent of 390 acres of farmland. All of the food is grown without soil, but rather under a specialty growing cloth and LED lights. The plants are misted with customizable amounts of water and nutrients to enhance the nutritional value and flavor. And all of it is free of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
The new menus will launch in September for Business and Premium Economy passengers on flights leaving from New Jersey. Sample meals include:
- Soy Poached Chicken – Pickled Ginger Vinaigrette, Zucchini Ribbons, with Sweet Potato Roesti, Soy Beans and AeroFarms Baby Pac Choi
- The Garden Green – Poached Asparagus, Broccolini, Avocado with Shaved Fennel & Flaked Hot Smoked Salmon, AeroFarms medley of Baby Ruby Streaks, Watercress and Arugula, with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Heirloom Tomato Ceviche – Baby Burrata, Cured Ham, Palm Hearts, AeroFarms Arugula with Spiced Tomato Dressing
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