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Press Release: Korean Air to introduce Korean vegan meals


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueKorean Air will showcase a new Korean-style vegan meal, which is inspired from Korean traditional cuisine, as an inflight meal option starting from March.

To accommodate the growing vegan population, Korean Air has introduced a Korean-style vegan meal option, an eco-friendly meal that can also help reduce carbon emissions.

Inspired by traditional temple cuisine, the airline’s new Korean vegan meals are made using a variety of fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients, bringing passengers an appetizing meal full of natural flavors.

Dishes such as steamed barley rice with burdock, roasted shiitake mushrooms, mung bean jelly salad and roasted tofu with plum salsa sauce can be enjoyed by passengers in all classes, while ginkgo nut porridge and roasted yam with soybean paste will be available for Prestige and First class passengers. Different types of Korean vegan dishes will be served depending on the route and season.

An assortment of Korean vegan dishes are displayed on white plates.

Korean Air currently provides six types of vegetarian meal options: vegan, lacto-ovo vegetarian, East Asian vegetarian, Hindu vegetarian, Jain vegetarian and raw vegetarian.

Korean vegan meals will be available to pre-order on all international routes departing from Korea in March. Customers may pre order meals through Korean Air’s website, mobile application or service center up to 24 hours prior to their flight’s departure.


Korean Air will also introduce a new selection of carefully curated wines onboard starting from next month. In collaboration with Marc Almert, who was named “World’s Best Sommelier 2019” by the International Sommelier Association, the airline presented 52 newly-selected inflight wines in October last year. The airline’s wine selection, which has formerly been composed mostly of traditional French wines, has expanded to include diverse wines from other European countries and continents. The new selection will be first offered on the airline’s Los Angeles, New York and Paris routes, and will be gradually added to all routes within the year.

Korean Air will continue to introduce a variety of meal options, including Korean cuisine, to provide passengers with a rich inflight experience.

About Korean Air

Serving the world for more than 50 years, Korean Air is one of the world’s top 20 airlines, carrying more than 27 million passengers in 2019, pre-COVID. With its global hub at Incheon International Airport (ICN), the airline serves 120 cities in 43 countries on five continents with a modern fleet of 156 aircraft and over 19,000 professional employees.

The airline’s outstanding performance and commitment to the highest level of safety and customer service was further highlighted during the pandemic, granted numerous awards including 2021 Airline of the Year and 2022 Cargo Operator of the Year by Air Transport World, and a 5-star COVID safety rating from Skytrax.

Korean Air is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and has grown into one of the largest transpacific airlines through its joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Dedicated to providing Excellence in Flight, Korean Air’s vision is to be a respected leader in the world airline community.

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