Dubai : Emirates' signature Ramadan service is expected to begin on May 5 to coincide with the start of the holy month. During Ramadan, the airline expects to serve 1 million dates to customers during iftar and sehri, both on board and on the ground in Dubai. Emirates' Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground.
Customers breaking their fast on board will be offered iftar boxes with a nutritional meal. Each box consists of couscous salad and grilled chicken or moudardara and roasted chicken, sandwiches, spinach fatayer or tomato and onion fatayer, assorted sweets, dates, laban and water. Over 150,000 iftar boxes will be served during the holy month, in addition to the usual Emirates meal services on board. The iftar box menus will be refreshed mid-Ramadan.
These special meals will be available to passengers across all cabin classes on select Emirates flights that coincide with iftar times. This includes flights to and from the Gulf region as well as flights catering to Umrah groups travelling to Jeddah and Medina during the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, cold meals will be served in lieu of a hot one on all flights to Jeddah and Medina, including Umrah day flights.
All seven Emirates lounges at Dubai International Airport will also cater to customers who are fasting. The lounges provide dedicated prayer rooms and serve Arabic coffee, dates and sweets in addition to buffet spreads for iftar and suhoor. Dates and water will also be offered at the boarding gates of select flights.
Emirates' award-winning ICE system will feature special religious programming from May. The special Ramadan programmes are part of the diverse content available on board with over 4,000 channels of on demand entertainment.
To mark the end of Ramadan, Emirates customers can look forward to a special offering for Eid as well.
dnata opens five new
catering facilities in US
dnata, a concern of Emirates Group and one of the world's largest air services providers, continues to invest in its catering operations in the United States. The company has opened a new, 4,700 m² facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and now offers quality catering services in Houston with a capacity of more than 10,000 meals a day. The launch customer is British Airways, which operates two daily flights from Houston.
"In 2019, we will continue to enhance our operations in the country by investing in new facilities and growing our team with highly-skilled, local catering professionals. We look forward to providing quality services and products to an increasing number of airlines in the US ensuring an exceptional dining experience for their passengers on each flight," said Robin Padgett, Divisional Senior Vice President, catering division, dnata.
In 2019, dnata will further enhance its operations in the country opening four additional catering facilities at the airports of Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO). By year-end, dnata will provide quality catering services at eight US airports.
dnata expanded in the US catering market in 2018 through the acquisition of 121 Inflight Catering. Besides Houston, dnata currently operates catering facilities at three US airports, in New York (JFK), Nashville (BNA) and Orlando (SFB), serving commercial, VIP and private aviation companies, fixed base operators and charter aircraft operators.