On Air Dining has installed a dedicated approved halal kitchen at its headquarters at London Stansted Airport, UK. The recognition was made formal by Mataan Noh of Halal Consultations. “We are very proud to award official halal status to On Air Dining,” said Noh. “They are the first inflight dining provider our company has bestowed with this honor and they have worked hard to achieve it. We wish them every success with their new kitchen.”
In addition to creating a dedicated halal Arabic menu, On Air Dining has also received certification confirming that its entire fine dining, brasserie and platters menus conform to halal requirements. This means that clients can order any item on the menu and be assured that it conforms to halal cuisine guidelines that adhere to Islamic law. This includes sourcing meat that has undergone the approved slaughter procedure, and other products, solely from well-known halal suppliers.
“The Middle East market is growing at a tremendous pace with more operators coming in and out of the UK, so this is an important move for us,” said Daniel Hulme, CEO at On Air Dining. “We are proud to offer the services of our newly certified halal kitchen to our private jet customers and look forward to satisfying the taste-buds of this discerning clientele.”
To meet the requirements for official status, the company uses separate kitchen equipment (including grills and fryers) when handling halal items, stores halal food so that it does not touch non-halal items and its employees change gloves when handling non-permissible ingredients. It is also a requirement that all ingredients are free of alcohol and pork as well as items that contain their by-products.
“Many inflight dining providers claim to offer halal cuisine but often they are just buying dishes from halal restaurants and delivering them to the aircraft,” said Hulme. “At On Air Dining we will be creating dishes from freshly sourced permissible halal ingredients in our certified kitchen, ensuring that the needs of our customers are met 100% and that quality, consistency and versatility are not compromised.”
October 16, 2015