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KLM introduces Japanese inflight meals

16th January 2008 Print
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is launching a new Japanese meal service on flights to and from Japan. The recipes for the new meals being served in both World Business Class and Economy Class were created at Hotel Okura Amsterdam under the guidance of master chef Akira Oshima.

The famous Japanese tableware manufacturer Noritake has also designed a special chinaware range for KLM’s World Business Class to accompany the new meals on the Japanese routes.

Passengers on KLM flights to and from Japan now have a choice of Western or authentic Japanese cuisine.

“Japanese passengers can also now be served by Japanese cabin crew and enjoy Japanese video and audio programs, as well as newspapers and magazines in Japanese. On the ground, both at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, Japanese passengers may be assured of the services of Japanese-speaking ground personnel,” said Marc Lammens, vice president KLM Marketing & Brand.

The new meal service was presented today by KLM and Hotel Okura Amsterdam at a special tasting held at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. The new service will be presented to the Japanese market in Tokyo on January 16, and in Kobe, near Osaka, the next day.

“We are proud to offer these new meals on board in collaboration with the distinguished Hotel Okura Amsterdam,” said Bart Vos, executive vice president KLM Inflight Services. “We are continually reviewing our inflight product. This new Japanese Route-Dedicated Service is an important step in this process.”

“Our master chef Akira Oshima guarantees unsurpassed quality in the field of Japanese cuisine,” said Marcel van Aelst, president & general manager of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. “It is an honor to be able to offer KLM passengers flying to and from Japan an opportunity to enjoy his creations.”

In 1954, Japan was the first country to which KLM introduced Route-Dedicated Services. KLM was also the first European airline to introduce Japanese cabin personnel on board its flights to Japan. Route Dedicated Services are now also offered on KLM flights to and from China, India and Korea.

KLM currently operates a daily roundtrip service between Amsterdam and the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Osaka.