Miss airline food? Finnair selling business class meals in supermarket

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish national airline Finnair FIA1S.HE has started selling its business-class meals at a supermarket to avoid job cuts at its catering unit due to COVID-19.

Plane meals quickly turned into success with 1,600 meals sold within days at the supermarket near Finnair’s main hub, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, Finnair said. He plans to sell in more outlets.

“There are already layoffs and layoffs going on at Finnair and we are doing our best to find new and innovative ways,” Marika Nieminen, head of Finnair Kitchen, told Reuters.

Finnair said last Tuesday it would cut around 700 jobs by March 2021.

Finnair Kitchen’s first ground main courses, for 12.9 euros ($ 15.2) each, include beef teriyaki-radish sauce served with grilled spring onions and rice or smoked arctic char with chantarelle risotto .

“In this desperate remote working environment, it’s a little taste of normal life,” said Mika, a Vantaa client.

In 2017, Finnair stopped outsourcing its catering services by acquiring LSG Sky Chefs, a company operating at Finland’s main airport, from a Lufthansa subsidiary LHAG.DE and renaming it Finnair Kitchen.

A year later, Finnair Kitchen was producing some 12,000 meals a day, but the numbers collapsed when the COVID-19 pandemic hit air travel.

Nieminen said Finnair is planning to introduce new dishes, including Finnish Lapland reindeer meat and Japanese-style pork shoulder, to supermarkets.

“We have had very positive feedback from our customers and this product has become one of the best-selling products in our store,” said Kimmo Sivonen, Trader at Kesko’s KESKOB.HE K-Citymarket Tammisto in Vantaa.

Juha Stenholm, product development manager at Finnair Kitchen, said the high quality of the food justifies the relatively high price tag for a packaged take-out meal.

“Our unit is focused on business class food so… premium raw materials,” he said.

Reporting by Anne Kauranen and Attila Cser; edited by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

Original © Thomson Reuters

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