Etihad Transforms Inflight Dining

Maldives Promotion House – Established in 2003, Etihad Airways is the national airline of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. With a fleet of 57 aircrafts, they operate to 66 destinations in 44 countries. Based in Abu Dhabi International Airport, with its head office in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi, they also carry passangers to and from Maldives via a Codeshare Agreement with SriLankan Airlines.

Etihad Airways recently came up with a plan, to transform its inflight dining service by introducing qualified international chefs in its Diamond First class cabins.

“This development will enable us to offer a five-star restaurant style of service in the sky, with our First class guests receiving unparalleled attention and choice. For example, the opportunities of having their personal chef tailor make dishes based on their individual tastes and preferences,” Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan said.

In its efforts to recruit 100 chefs, they have already begun the search for fully qualified professionals. They are currently looking for chefs with formal culinary training and experience in esteemed hotels, restaurants and culinary institutions from around the world.

“We know how important the inflight dining experience is to our guests, which is why we have invested consistently in this area, benchmarking our food and beverage selection and service outside the airline industry and against the most outstanding examples from the global hospitality industry,” he added.

Three-time Gold Medal winner in the IKA Culinary Olympics chef Thomas Ulherr, who served as Senior Manager Catering and Executive Chef for Royal Jet, has been appointed as Corporate Executive Chef, and will oversee the introduction, training and ongoing quality control of the onboard chefs.

“The introduction of our Food and Beverage Managers, recruited globally from hotels and restaurants, serves as an example of this, as is the introduction of our highly successful Inspired Service concept across all aircraft cabins,” James Hogan said.

Etihad Airways will be introducing the new chef services progressively on selected routes starting on October of this year. By the end of 2011 they aim to offer the service on any of their First class flights.

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