Emirates brings back 'Hindu Meal' after removing it from menu

Published on: July 5, 2018

The carrier, in a statement on Wednesday confirmed their decision, saying they will continue to provide a Hindu meal option

A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport AFP
In a surprising turn of events, Gulf carrier Emirates, on Wednesday overturned its decision to discontinue “Hindu meals” on its flights, citing customer feedback, reports NDTV.

The decision came a day after the airline announced that it would stop serving “Hindu meals,” adding that Hindu passengers can choose from a variety of regionally-inspired vegetarian and special meals.

Emirates is the single largest foreign carrier operating in India in terms of flights.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the airlines confirmed their decision, saying they will continue to provide a Hindu meal option based on consumer feedback, to make it easier for their Hindu customers to identify and request this option.

According to the statement, food and drink form an integral part of any Emirates flight experience and their menus are created by leading chefs to reflect the culture and preferences of Emirates' diverse customer base. 

It further added that Emirates has always provided a wide variety of special meals that can be ordered at least 24 hours in advance to cater to their customers with medical or religious dietary requirements, including their Hindu customers.

On July 3, the carrier released a statement announcing that as part of its continuous review of the products and services available to customers, it would discontinue the “Hindu meal” option.

The airline had also said that its Hindu customers can order in advance from a wide variety of regionally-inspired vegetarian and special meals, catering to specific dietary requirements in all classes of travel.

According to its website, the airline operates flights to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kochi, Kolkata, and Thiruvananthapuram.

First published on Dhaka Tribune