SAS has started a two-week trial to test demand for vegan dishes on some of its flights within Europe.
New Nordic by SAS, the airline’s inflight menu of locally produced and seasonal ingredients, now includes a vegan dish for a two-week trial period to check demand.
Already available since November 9, the dish is “part of SAS’ sustainability work”, the airline claims.
“Sustainability is a main focus for SAS and as we see an increasing interest in a plant-based diet in society, it is important to have a vegan dish on a trial as one of the regular meals,” explains Karl Sandlund, executive vice president commercial.
Served in the New Nordic by SAS Cube, the salad and meal boxes the carrier launched in 2017, the dish has the rather lengthy name of “thyme-roasted Hällestad mushrooms with a lentil and beet flavoured wheat salad tossed with black beans from Öland and tarragon, sliced golden beetroot and hummus made of yellow Vretärt pea from Bjälösa, served with parsley vinaigrette and vinegar roasted buckwheat”.
The vegan food is available during the trial for SAS Plus passengers on more than 4,000 European and Scandinavian flights lasting 80 minutes or more.
SAS says its food producers “keep their products as free as possible from unnecessary additives, are quality driven and are passionate about bringing the best to the table”.
For example, one of the main ingredients in the vegan menu is mushrooms handpicked at Hällestad in Skåne, by Sweden’s only 100% organic mushroom producer.
During the trial period, two tons of mixed mushrooms – champignon, portobello and oyster mushrooms – will be “transformed to create an exclusive meal served in the innovative designed and price winning SAS Cube”, the airline says.
Last month, the lifestyle and travel journal Monocle Magazine awarded the New Nordic by SAS food concept the Best In-Flight Meal Packaging title in its Travel Top 50.