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May 01. 2019
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its culinary collaboration with Hiltl of Zurich restaurant, Swiss Airlines this month is serving an exclusive vegetarian three-course Hiltl meal for Economy Class travellers on selected long-haul flights.

The long-standing partnership began in 2009, when Hiltl vegetarian meals were first offered aboard SWISS flights as part of the airline’s award-winning “Taste of Switzerland” inflight food service programme.

“Hiltl is a byword for varied high-quality vegetarian cuisine. As a premium airline, we greatly appreciate being able to count on our collaboration with them to offer our guests such tasty vegetarian meals,” says Jan Trachsel, Swiss’s manager of inflight culinary development.

The three-course anniversary meal includes a starter of a spicy beetroot tabbouleh, a main course choice of penne with vegetarian bolognaise or a massaman curry and a vegan mango mousse for dessert. Travellers, who do not wish to forgo their meat, can still order any of six a la carte meals via in advance of their flight.

First and Business Class travellers also have the additional option for the main course of a vegetarian Tofu Mirsang, while Swiss Business travellers can opt for potato gnocchi in a saffron sauce.

“I am delighted that Swiss’s awareness of the potential offered by vegetarian cuisine has risen so much in the last ten years,” says Rolf Hiltl, owner and chief executive officer of Hiltl.

“This has also enabled us to grow increasingly bold in our inflight meal creations. Some 40 per cent of Swiss’s Economy Class travellers now opt for the vegetarian meal offering.” 

Since 2016 Hiltl has also been providing special vegetarian meals for Swiss such as for vegan travellers or those with certain food allergies or intolerances. And last year saw the collaboration further extended with the addition of an exclusive Hiltl meal to the pre-bookable quality a la carte selection that is available for Swiss longhaul flights.”

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