All Nippon Airways offers a taste of the islands on board its new ‘Flying Honu’ Airbus A380

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As All Nippon Airways launches its new Flying Honu Airbus A380, the airline hopes to create a unique Hawaii experience for passengers from start to finish, from stepping on board to entertainment, sleeping comfortably and enjoying new in-flight savory meals. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is in the kitchen with Chef Ryo Takatsuka, chef de cuisine at Noe Restaurant, to talk about the dishes passengers can expect in the air.

Aside from offering a special Blue Hawaii cocktail as a welcome drink, ANA also offers in-flight menus created in collaboration with restaurants on Oahu. Economy passengers will enjoy meals created in partnership with Bills Waikiki and first class passengers will enjoy a menu created in collaboration with Noe, an award-winning Italian restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina.

“We were very excited when ANA asked us to help create an in-flight menu for passengers on board the A380 FLYING HONU,” Chef Takatsuka said. “Our menu showcases local ingredients that give first class passengers a little taste of the islands.”

Takatsuka says his tuna tataki panzanella with olives, tomatoes, onions and balsamic reduction is an appetizer that will be served on board. Traditionally, a panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad with bread and tomatoes. “It’s very popular in the summer, so it’s perfect for our collaboration with ANA,” he explained. “Our version gets an Island twist with fresh ahi, seared in extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt and pepper.” The dish also uses local tomatoes from Ho Farms seasoned with champagne vinegar, a lemon bread crumble, and is finished off with dish with some micro greens, micro basil and edible flowers for some added freshness and color.

The menu from Noe will be served starting May 24 through the end of August 2019. The menu from bills Waikiki will be served from May 24 through the end of May 2020.

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