Air Canada Introduces Over 100 New Recipes Onboard

by Anthony Losanno
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Air Canada announced today that it is adding over 100 recipes to its onboard menus across cabins. The new menu additions complement the largest in-flight bar menu of any North American airline. Air Canada also remains the only airline in North America to offer hot kids’ meals for purchase through its North American Bistro program.

The airline’s new and upgraded culinary program spotlights Air Canada’s culinary partners: Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Vikram Vij, and Chef Jérôme Ferrer. These are complemented by wines from award-winning Air Canada sommelier Véronique Rivest.

Air Canada Premium

Premium Cabin Additions

Air Canada Signature Class passengers will be offered new dining options with flavors from around the world. These options includes Chicken Thigh with Mandi Rice and Emirati Bzar Sauce, Roasted Salmon in Teriyaki Sauce with Shandong Noodles, and a Middle Eastern Mezze Plate Appetizer. New upgraded light meals include Flatbread with Arugula, Chicken Tenders with Coleslaw, Cobb Salad, and Charcuterie and Cheese plates. The full hot breakfast served on morning flights will feature the Parsley Omelette with Chicken Sausage, Clafoutis, and Pancakes with Canadian Maple Syrup. More dishes will be announced in spring 2024. In the Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), guests will be treated to Wild-Caught Fogo Island Cod among other new dishes.

Air Canada Economy Dining

Elevated Economy Dining

International Economy passengers will find new dishes like Red Thai Chicken and Rice, Chicken Cacciatore with Roast Potatoes and Bell Peppers, Chef Ferrer’s Classic Pesto Penne, and a Pancake with Canadian Maple Syrup. On flights from Europe, passengers will enjoy new Monty’s Bakehouse Savory Pastries (including Coconut Chicken and Potato with Sour Cream and Chives). Regional appetizers like Soba Noodles, Chaat, Hummus and Vegetables, and more will continue on international routes.

Air Canada’s upgraded Bistro menu will roll out through spring 2024. It offers fresh buy-on-board options like a Peppercorn Roast Beef Sandwich, Cheeseburger Sliders, and new vegan options like Mediterranean Hummus Wraps.

Air Canada Snacks

New Snacks and Specialty Teas

New snacks are being boarded by Air Canada. These include Buttery Herb and Garlic Craft Pretzels by TWIGZ from Alberta. These are now complimentary in all cabins on North America flights shorter than two hours and in Economy Class on international flights. Also joining the snack basket line-up are Sweet Sixteen Original Candy Mix from Quebec, Chomps Grass-Fed Beef Jerky, and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares. These join fan favorites onboard, like Kit Kat, Miss Vickie’s, and MadeGood.

Luxury tea purveyor Dilmah brings a selection that includes Ceylon Earl Grey, Chamomile, Peppermint, Green, Lemon & Ginger, and Orange Pekoe. These will be served in International and North America Business Class as well as Dilmah’s Orange Pekoe now brewed in Economy and Premium Economy cabins. In addition, specialty teas are available on select routes, including Jasmine (China), Chai (India), Brown Rice Green Tea (Korea), and Japanese Green Tea (Japan).

Pre-Order Expansion 

This year, Air Canada will also expand its popular pre-order meal service to include premium cabin services within North America. This will start with flights offering Signature Class and Premium Economy cabins. Later this year, the pre-order program will introduce options for customers in premium cabins to pre-select their second meal choice on international flights.

Anthony’s Take: I love the varied and delicious-sounding menu that Air Canada is rolling out this year. When you fly frequently, food choices become repetitive and monotonous. It seems like the Canadian carrier is addressing this with tons of new choices.

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