China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空), the nation’s largest air carrier, said yesterday it would start offering Chinese meals created by Michelin starred chef Albert Tse (謝偉成) to its first and business-class passengers from this month on some routes.
The meal will be offered to first-class passengers on Taipei-Los Angeles or Taipei-San Francisco flights, and business-class passengers on Taipei-Tokyo, Tokyo-Honolulu and Kaohsiung-Tokyo routes, the company said.
Tse, a Hong Kong native, designed the meals based on the signature dish of Tokyo’s China Blue Restaurant, which he has led for five years, the airline said.
The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star for the past five years, the airline said.
CAL has launched several in-flight meals in cooperation with a variety of local restaurants, such as Mos Burger (摩斯漢堡), Formosa Chang (鬍鬚張), Shanghai Shanghai (紅豆食府) and Taiwanese award-winning baker Wu Pao-chun (吳寶春) since 2009.
In other news, CAL said yesterday that its board has approved a plan to sell up to NT$6 billion (US$198.06 million) in three-year corporate bonds to help repay loans and boost operating capital.
The bonds will be issued in denominations of NT$1 million each, with the issuing rate standing at 2 percent annually, the company said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.