UAE flag carrier Emirates has served over 20,000 vegan meals so far in the month of January, a more than 40% increase from prior months, according to a press release.
The increase in meal requests for vegan food on Emirates during the month of January came as more people than ever went vegan for Veganuary, a worldwide movement challenging people to go vegan at the beginning of the year.
Vegan meals are now the third most requested onboard special meal in economy class, according to the company.
Emirates has over 170 plant-based recipes, created by award-winning chefs, available in its kitchens, including Mushroom Ravioli, Vegetable Tagine served with couscous, and a Sweet Potato, Lentil and Spinach Ragout served with steaming brown rice.
In April last year, the company started offering vegan cheese on board and has already served close to 40,000 pounds of the nut-based cheese.
The Dubai-based airline serves these meals with “mouth-watering vegan desserts such as Key Lime Parfait with date and citrus compote, Moist Chocolate Cake, or a Chia Seed Pudding.”
Emirates says that they also change their menu monthly.
The company’s dedication to serving fine vegan meals has not gone unnoticed by vegan travelers as they voted Emirates best for vegan meals in a Vegan World News Poll released last month.
Despite the significant increase, vegan meals account for only a small fraction of the 110 million meals served on Emirates flights each year.
This is likely, at least in part, due to the fact that these meals are only available to customers who pre-order them.
Emirates, like many other airlines, requires a special meal to be pre-ordered at least 24 hours prior to departure.
Those interested in trying a vegan meal on board can check out our article on How to Order a Vegan Meal on a Long-Haul Flight.