Fiji Airways, the flag carrier airline of Fiji, has been awarded the 2022 Passengers Choice Award for Best Food and Drink in the South Pacific by the Airline Passenger Experience Association.
Fiji’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency, Mr. Jitoko Luveni, accepted the award on behalf of the airline at an awards ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, on Wednesday June 8th.
Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Andre Viljoen, welcomed the regional culinary recognition: “This recognition represents almost 24 months of care and commitment from our Fiji Airways family to bring our service to life. on a whole new level. Fiji is open and traveling to our islands has never been so enjoyable. We are grateful to APEX and our customers for this recognition of our new in-flight menu. Our team has worked hard to provide our customers with a dining experience that is both phenomenal and unique to Fiji. If you haven’t tried our kava ice cream, you absolutely must!”
Fiji Airways launched its award-winning new Business Class menu with multi-award-winning chef Richard Cross earlier this year, taking the airline’s catering to new heights. A highlight of the new in-flight dessert menu features Chef Cross’ signature kava and cinnamon ice cream, plus cookies and crème banoffee parfait and sweet and sour chocolate panna cotta.
Showcasing homegrown vegetables in a new light, modern cooking and preservation techniques have been used to transform foods like cassava, sweet potato (yellow kumala), hello (taro) and plantain as edible toppings that you would expect to enjoy in a fine dining restaurant.
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Cross holds regular workshops with cabin crew trainers at the airline’s aviation academy in Nadi, Fiji, providing hands-on training for Fiji Airways cabin crew to ensure they can confidently execute new techniques and deliver an elevated onboard dining experience. He also works directly with crew on flights to ensure the airline’s dining experience is consistent.
The airline is working on a number of improvements in other key areas that will further enrich the customer experience with Fiji Airways.