What festive in-flight meals from Singapore look like: Emirates, Lufthansa, and Swiss go above and beyond this Christmas

What festive in-flight meals from Singapore look like: Emirates, Lufthansa, and Swiss go above and beyond this Christmas

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Text: Amelia Chia

We can practically smell the holidays. All packed for the winter chill in Tokyo? Or the balmy breeze in Hawaii? As we close in on 2019, people are starting to spend more time on planes than they are at their desks — hurrah, hurrah — and our friends in the sky are committed to make things merry for us. It's all in the details — the touch of mistletoe above your window, the deluge of Christmas movies on entertainment systems, and best of all, delectable festive food and drink onboard. If you're hopping on any of these airlines in the next couple of weeks, you're in luck.


From now till the end of the year, Emirates is prepared to serve half a million Christmas meals to passengers across all cabin classes. The entire experience begins in the lounge at Changi Airport, where you're highly encouraged to try their oven-roasted turkey and sage, and homemade Christmas pudding. Once you're airborne, economy class passengers can enjoy turkey slices with mashed potato and vegetables, accompanied with a delicious milk chocolate mousse. First and business class passengers will be treated to roasted turkey breast and apricot stuffing, roast potatoes with creamy brussel sprouts, and a Santa-inspired chocolate cake or chocolate gingerbread cake. On the A380? Sidle over to the onboard lounge and help yourself to Santa's Spiced Amarula Cocktail and a couple of mince pies.

A Christmas meal on Emirates' economy class


Who needs turkey when you can have goose? Lufthansa has a decade-long tradition of serving Christmas goose when you fly during the year-end holidays. From 20 to 26 December, start your trip to Germany on a high with their classic goose roast with red cabbage and potato dumplings if you're in economy or premium economy. In first and business class, this option is available to you throughout the month of December. If you need a sweet finish to your meal, there's Christmas chocolate and cookies for all, as well as advent calendars, holiday sweets, and winter plum liqueur for first and business class travellers.


Swiss is certainly doing its part to make many kids' dreams come true this Christmas. Apart from operating a special flight to wintry Lapland, they are offering traditional yuletide food on both its long-haul and short-haul services. From now till the end of the year, Swiss' long-haul passengers on economy class can tuck into a grilled chicken breast with jus, chestnut-potato mash, and a dessert of cinnamon mousse with roast apple compote. Business class passengers will be offered a pulled duck salad, corn-fed chicken breast with truffle sauce, apple crumble cheesecake, and mulled wine gelée. The crème de la crème, of course, is in first class, where passengers will be treated to an essence of duck with open ravioli and pumpkin, followed by a dry-aged Angus beef fillet wellington with a Perigord truffle sauce. Dessert is a surprise chocolate ball with ice cream, which they can pair with a plum liqueur, pralines, and a warm cup of winter tea.

Gingerbread creations on Swiss

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