Vegan + Air New Zealand = Impressive!
I would be remiss if I did not write a quick comment around the vegan food I just experience on my Air New Zealand flight from LAX to AKL on 4 June 2010. As a vegan with a dairy allergy I am always concerned about the food I will find on long-haul international flights; typically I am told that I will have a vegan meal yet the package ingredients will clearly say it contains milk or I will find myself with nothing but a plate of tomatoes.
This was not the case with Air New Zealand as their vegan meal for me was WONDERFUL! My dinner plate consisted of steamed vegetables with potato and corn cakes under a fresh tomato sauce, a dairy-free roll with vegan butter, fresh fruit and of course a fairly nice New Zealand wine. However, the really impressive meal was for my breakfast: a very delicious tofu scramble with spinach, potatoes, tomatoes, tofu, corn, beans and more followed by more fresh fruit with an oat and honey bar and a nice mimosa (my first official drink of the day not counting my two Bloody Marys at the LAX Admirals Club Lounge.
The flight crew was also just as impressive and it is no surprise that Air New Zealand has recently won yet another award for its service. All airlines could stand a lot to learn from AIRNZ and hopefully some of them will.
Thanks again Air New Zealand for making the start of my day (after a 12-hour flight) a very good one with great service, excellent vegan food, and smiles all-around!
Have you ever flown Air New Zealand? Ever had good or great airline food? Tell me your experiences in the comments!