Flying Chef for Dubai routes launched at Arabian Travel Market 2013
Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe’s best airline, has complemented its award-winning on-board service with the introduction ofthe‘Flying Chef Service’ for business class travellers on flights from Dubai, starting May 2013.
Dubai is the first destination in the Middle East for the‘Flying Chef’ concept which was launched in 2010 in a joint venture with Turkish DO&CO, the airline’s world-renowned gourmet inflight catering serviceand winner of ‘World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering.’
Business class travellers on Dubai routes can experience culinary delights as Flying Chefs work alongside cabin crew to serve a weekly menu of the finest international and Turkish inspired cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh ingredients and chefs are trained specifically to work in the limitedgallery space. Travellers can also request bespoke twists on the menus.
Ayse Misirli Mirza, General Manager for Turkish Airlines in Dubai, said: “Our business and comfort class seats are incredibly popular with travellers from Dubai, which reflects the high standards expected from residents in a city renowned for offering the finest hospitality. The addition of the Flying Chef Serviceis our way of rewarding existing and potential fliers and ensuring the finest on board experience.”
This year, Turkish Airlines celebrates 30 years of flying to Dubai and now operates 14 weekly flights from the Emirate, connecting travellers to 223 destinations, across 99 countries, the largest country network for an airline. The flying chef concept was introduced to the global network in 2010 and there are now 222 Flying Chefs serving 16 intercontinental flights and 67 Flying Chef Services on all the airline’s international flights.
Passenger satisfaction on board Turkish Airlines flights has doubled, to 98 percent, since the introduction of the gourmet catering concept in 2007 by Turkish Do&CO. The most modern cabin crew training centre in Europe is The DO&CO Academy Istanbul, where international crew and chefs prepare and train to serve the freshest on board cuisine in ‘real life’ gallery designs that reflect the layout of the airlines aircrafts across all three classes.
With a 70 percent sector share, Turkish DO&COis market leader, and covets the ‘Oscars of the aviation industry’ having won the best economy class catering in the world. The company also operates The Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge, one of the largest in Europe, a luxurious lounge spread across 3000sqm with a Zen olive garden, unlimited Turkish and international cuisine, fresh fruit bar, refreshing shower and suite facilities, complemented by a library, kids’ corner, business and Apple and Sony Centre.
Turkish Airlines Flying Chefs will be serving visitors at Arabian Travel Market, on Turkish Airlines stand, EU8350 from May 6 to 9.