Emirates Airline offers in-flight Iftar meal
posted | Friday, 20 Jul 2012
With the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Emirates Airline has introduced several initiatives to ensure the well-being and comfort of fasting customers.
Special meals and a Ramadan timings calculator are expected to be offered to support observant passengers.
has developed a unique tool to calculate the correct timings for Imsak and Iftar while in-flight. The tool, an industry-first, was developed in conjunction with the Dubai Astronomy Group and allows Emirates
Airline to calculate the exact Ramadan timings using the aircraft’s longitude, latitude and even altitude; ensuring the greatest level of accuracy possible while onboard.
This new tool was developed to supplement Emirates Airline
annually produced booklet on the timings for Ramadan, available on every flight.
Additionally, Emirates Airline’s in-flight catering team has developed a special menu for passengers observing Ramadan, in keeping with the traditions of this religious occasion. For flights departing close to Iftar, Emirates Airline are expected to provide small snack boxes at the boarding gates of Emirates Terminal 3, while large Iftar meal boxes are due to be served to fasting passengers in-flight.
Vice president – aircraft catering, Emirates Airline, Robin Padgett commented: “The holy month of Ramadan is an important time on the Islamic calendar, and we are committed to ensuring that our Muslim passengers are well looked after as they undertake their religious obligations.
“We have great respect for the cultural diversity of our customers, and our non-fasting passengers will continue to enjoy the world-class meals Emirates Airline is globally known for.”
Non-fasting passengers travelling on Umrah, Madinah and Jeddah flights are set to receive a cold meal instead of the regular hot meal for all flights taking off after sunrise and before sunset, in respect to the many Muslim passengers completing Umrah on these flights.
Emirates Airline is also planning to air two new series for fans of Arabic television during Ramadan. The complete Gulf series "Rajjal wosst el Hareem," all 30 episodes, will be aired as well as 15 episodes of the Syrian programme "Znoud El Set."