Prep your taste buds for an autumn culinary adventure on Japan Airlines

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Who says airplane food has to be bland and mundane? Source: Shutterstock.

TRAVELERS flying Japan Airlines (JAL) this September are in for a tasty autumn-themed treat as the carrier has announced a new menu for its international flights.

The Japanese flag carrier has always prided itself in providing topnotch service for its valued customers and this includes a thoroughly unforgettable dining experience.

Previously, JAL introduced a meal service concept of an exclusive restaurant in the sky, engaging talented chefs to create menus of exquisite Japanese cuisine including wagyu beef and scallop sashimi.

This is on top of JAL’s special in-flight meals which feature an extensive array of tempting special meals for those with health or religious dietary requirements.

From Sept 1, 2018, onwards, flyers can expect new premium economy and economy class meals on flights to Hawaii created by a Michelin two-star chef, the return of Air Yoshinoya on long-haul international routes, as well as the introduction of JAL’s original chicken curry for first and business class customers.

Take a look at JAL’s autumn-tastic offerings below:

Hawaii routes (menu supervised by Shinobu Namae, a Michelin two-star chef)

From Sept 1, L’Effervescence owner and chef Shinobu Namae will supervise premium economy and economy class meals for flights from Narita to Honolulu and Kona.

Customers can look forward to a healthy meal prepared with ingredients of the highest quality.

Japan Airlines Autumn Menu Shinobu Namae

Beef stroganoff with mashed potatoes (served as the first meal). The main dish features an original seal with Chef Namae’s photograph. Source: JAL.

Effective period: Sept 1, 2018, to Aug 31, 2019.

Applicable routes: From Tokyo (Narita) to Honolulu and Kona.

Applicable class: Premium economy and economy class.

Introducing a new menu for JAL Kitchen Gallery – RED U-35

Four new chefs from RED U-35 will be introduced to create JAL`s international in-flight meals.

RED U-35 is the largest culinary competition in Japan to discover new talented chefs.

Japan Airlines Autumn Menu RED U-35 Baked `Fu` Gluten & Chicken Rice Bowl

Baked “Fu” gluten and chicken rice bowl. Source: JAL.

Effective period: Sept 1, 2018, to Aug 31, 2019 (updated every three months).

Applicable routes:

  • From Tokyo (Narita) to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vancouver, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Moscow, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Delhi, Manila, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Bangkok.
  • From Tokyo (Haneda) to New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Singapore (JL037), and Bangkok (JL031).
  • From Nagoya (Chubu) to Bangkok.
  • From Osaka (Kansai) to Los Angeles.

Applicable class: Premium economy and economy class.

29th AIR Series – AIR Yoshinoya Authentic Beef Bowl

This popular meal will return on JAL’s long-haul international flights featuring carefully selected ingredients to produce a tasty Yoshinoya beef bowl.

JAL Air Yoshinoya Authentic Beef Bowl

Will be served as the second meal just before landing. Source: JAL.

Effective period: Sept 1, 2018, to Nov 30, 2018

Applicable routes:

  • From Tokyo (Narita) to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vancouver, Frankfurt, Helsinki, and Melbourne.
  • From Tokyo (Haneda) to New York, San Francisco, London (JL43), and Paris.
  • From Osaka (Kansai) to Los Angeles.

Applicable class: Premium economy and economy class.

JAL’s Original Chicken Curry

JAL will be serving an original chicken curry meal created by Hashimoto Restaurant, rated a one-star restaurant in the 2018 Special Edition Michelin Guide for Kumamoto/Oita prefecture.

JAL’s Original Chicken Curry

JAL’s Original Chicken Curry. Source: JAL.

Effective period: from Sept 1, 2018 (progressively introduced).

Applicable routes:

  • From Tokyo (Narita) to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vancouver, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris, Sydney, and Melbourne.
  • From Tokyo (Haneda) to New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris.
  • From Osaka (Kansai) to Los Angeles.

Applicable class: First and business class.

New Sweets in Business Class – Pressed Butter Sandwich with Caramel

JAL will proudly introduce its “Pressed Butter Sandwich” as a snack at the self-service corner.

The scrumptious cookie is filled with cream/caramel and is perfect for a mid-flight snack.

JAL Autumn Menu Pressed Butter Sandwich with Caramel

Pressed Butter Sandwich with Caramel. Source: JAL.

Effective period: Sept 1, 2018, to Feb 28, 2019.

Applicable routes:

  • From Tokyo (Narita) to Chicago, Dallas Fort Worth, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vancouver, Honolulu, Kona, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris, Sydney, and Melbourne.
  • From Tokyo (Haneda) to New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris.
  • From Osaka (Kansai) to Los Angeles, Honolulu.

Applicable class: Business class.