Vegans and vegetarians have become accustomed to getting the short end of the (gluten-free?) breadstick from many airlines.
Some – especially in Asia and the middle east – are better than others when catering for non-carnivores, and the gap continues to close: even Singapore Airlines is now offering a vegan version of its signature satay sticks, using plant-based Impossible Meat.
Qatar Airways has now taken a confident culinary stride forward with the launch of 'fully vegan' à la carte menu in business class.
Dishes on offer include smoked moutabel, spiral courgettes and arrabbiata sauce, tofu and spinach tortellini, asian barbecue tofu, noodles, scallions and shiitake, fried tofu with vegetable tajine, cauliflower couscous and kalamata bruschetta, and chickpea flour omelette.
However, the airline says this isn't just for vegans – the move is designed to cater to increasing demand for plant-based food.
"We always strive to provide our customers with authentic and indulgent experiences in the skies," says Qatar Airways Group CEO His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.
"We are delighted to incorporate a vegan main course choice to our on-board menu, offering our passengers yet another lifestyle choice that redefines the expectations from a five-star airline."
Qatar Airways' vegan business class menu is available on all flights from the airline's hub at Doha's Hamad International Airport, and selected flights into Doha.