Qantas Bans Pork After Link-Up With Emirates08 April 2013
AUSTRALIA - Qantas has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Emirates.
Bernama.com reports that no food containing pork or pork products will be served on those flights which now has a stopover in Dubai.
All meals offered on the route in first, business and economy classes will also be prepared without alcohol in keeping with the Islamic religion.
A Qantas spokesman told the Sydney Telegraph the decision to remove pork, ham and other related food items had had minimal impact on its menu and it was still offering the same meal choices.
"Qantas in-flight catering often reflects the cultural and regional influences of the international destinations we fly to," he said.
"On flights to and from Hong Kong and China, our menus include regionally inspired dishes such as stir fries and to Singapore we have noodle options."
Qantas also offers meals without pork and alcohol on flights to Jakarta.
Several other airlines which fly from Australia to the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia do not serve pork either.
Virgin Australia does not serve pork on flights to and from Abu Dhabi and all meals that are prepared are halal accredited, with meat prepared in a way prescribed by Islamic law.
Qantas passengers heading to any European city now fly via Dubai instead of Singapore, as they did under the airline's previous longstanding partnership with British Airways.
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