All Nippon Airways (ANA) is once again inviting
the public to vote on which dishes will be added to its Premium
Economy and Economy Class in-flight menus.
The competition dates back to 2013, with
ANA adding new in-flight dishes every year. The new dishes represent a
different category of Japanese cuisine, with last year's
competition being based around curry dishes.
This year, the 10 possible additions are
all Donburi, a traditional Japanese rice bowl meal.
“We are always looking for new ways to give our
passengers a voice and inviting their input on the services that
we offer in order to create a more responsive airline,” said
Hideki Kunugi, Executive Vice President of ANA. “Voting via the
internet and social media platforms is a fun way for the public to
make their opinion heard and ensure that our offerings align with
their interests. ANA will continue prioritizing consumer input as
we align every aspect of the in-flight experience with passenger
The donburi dishes are meant to capture the local
flavor of 10 distinct Japanese regions. There will be two
different voting periods, with participants choosing their
favorite dishes from eastern Japan and western Japan.
The first voting period, which will determine
the top two dishes from Japan's eastern regions, opened on 8 October and
will run until 17 October at 23:59 JST.
The next voting period, to determine the
top two dishes inspired by western Japan, will start on 18 October
2019 at 10:00 JST and finish on 27 October 2019 at 23:59
Voting will be open to ANA customers from all over the
world, and the top four vote getters will be served on Premium
Economy and Economy Class international flights departing from
Japan starting in March 2020. The specific routes for
each dish will be announced in February 2020.