Chinese Airlines Upgrade Meals as COVID-19 Cases Fall

By Barnaby Lofton, August 18, 2020

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If you’re planning on boarding a flight soon, good news as most Chinese airlines are now upgrading their in-flight meals in order to entice more passengers.

During the pandemic, most airlines had drastically reduced meal options or cut them out all together due to social distancing precautions and decreased demand. 

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China Southern Airlines meal in late March. Image via That’s

Hainan Airlines has introduced new meals for business and economy classes this month. Hot meals will be offered for flights longer than 90 minutes, with meals consisting of rice or noodles “paired with local cuisines of the departure cities,” reports China Daily. Breakfast dishes will include Chinese classics like fried noodles, fried rice, Chinese pastries and marinated eggs.

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Hainan Airlines’ upgraded meals for August. Image via China Daily

Air China has also revamped their menu, offering “braised beef brisket with tomatoes, fried rice with mushroom and sliced chicken and roast pork with honey sauce for in-flight meals.” 

Elsewhere in the world, stir-crazy travelers who aren’t able to fly are actually ordering airline food to their homes. American budget airline, JetBlue’s cheese and snack trays were available through Imperfect Foods, an online surplus-stock grocery delivery company. 

Other efforts to recoup more business include airlines launching unlimited air travel promotional passes. At least eight Chinese carriers offered these in June to help rebound business from the pandemic. Taiwan’s EVA Air is even offering a ‘flight to nowhere’ experience, in which passengers can return to the same depature airport hours later while enjoying all the nuanced perks of flying. 

Reuters reports that daily flights in June “recovered to 80% of pre-coronavirus levels” in China.

READ MORE: China's Domestic Travel Fell 40% During May Day Holiday

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