NEW DELHI: A Dubai-based airline is withdrawing the ‘Hindu meal’ provision; an option that many leading international carriers offer to passengers on-board.
This option enabled passengers to pre-book meals to meet their religious requirements. The airline states that customers can order meals in advance from their available vegetarian menu regardless of which class they are travelling in, according to Times of India.
Options include vegetarian meals, kosher meals, non-beef and non-vegetarian meals.
The airline spokesperson stated that this development is part of a review of their products and services. It further confirmed that the airline will discontinue the Hindu meal option.
The Indian vegetarian meal comprises flavours from the Indian sub-continent and contains vegetables, fresh fruits, dried fruits, dairy products, tofu, cereal, grain, vegetarian gelatine but does not contain any kind of meat or its byproducts including egg and shellfish.
A number of leading airline services have an option of ‘Hindu meal’ on their menu for customers who are non-vegetarians but do not consume pork or beef. Other airlines such as Air India and Singapore Airlines have special meals under the ‘religious’ label in their menus, Times of India reported.
The airline maintained that food and drink are an essential part of any flight and the Dubai-based carrier designs their menu bearing in mind the cultural preferences of their diverse consumer base. They also stated that their menu is devised by leading chefs, and special menus to meet religious or medical dietary requirements are available.
This article originally appeared in Khaleej Times.