AIRLINES & CAVIAR
Have you ever imagined what it’s like to sit in first class or even the business class on an international flight? Maybe you already know, and you are familiar with the benefits of flying high and with style. Maybe you already had a chance, and maybe, just maybe you had a spur of luck to try some delicious caviar served between the clouds.
There are many people that had never even tasted caviar, not until they found themselves on an international flight. Imagine a scenario in which you´d never even thought about tasting caviar, and the experience just came your way. That is, you found yourself in the business class of a reputable airline company such as, for example, Lufthansa. That is indeed how the first caviar-tasting experience happens to a lot of people out there.
Many airline companies serve caviar on their international flights. To name just a few, we have Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qatar Airways, and JAL. There are others, and there are differences. Some really do serve real black caviar derived from the sturgeon, and others serve salmon roe, trout, and Paddlefish. Now, there is nothing wrong with these as they are all tasty in their own way.
Lufthansa is a big player in terms of quantity. They allegedly announced at one point that they account for 5% of world’s consumption of caviar. This might be hard to prove, but their annual consumption does turn out to be around 1.5 metric tons. That’s a high number!
It is perhaps important to make clear that the biggest part of caviar demand falls onto corporate buyers: airlines, for example, but also hotels, companies that organize events and big name restaurants. JAL has 19,000 servings of caviar per year. The Cathay Pacific´s annual caviar consumption is around 2,730 pounds.
Other companies like British Airways, United Airlines and Etihad have recently stopped serving caviar on their first class flights.
What to expect?
Of course, this will vary. Each airline has its own approach. You can certainly expect to be pleased as many of the already mentioned names hire the most renowned chefs to serve on their flights. Expect your standard sidings such as lemons, finely chopped egg whites, egg yolk and crème fraiche. Caviar can be spread either on toast or blini.
On JAL flights, Japanese passengers often request the original caviar menu. This is something they call “Caviar Don” which means “Caviar on white rice in a bowl”.
The next crucial step is the drink of choice. It is a habit to pick either champagne or vodka. Keep in mind that the champagne (and vodka) will be first class. Some of the champagnes would be Cuvée Grand Siècle, Champagne Laurent-Perrier, Dom Pérignon and many others. Some of the vodkas are Absolut, Belvedere and Beluga.
It’s not that hard to imagine how the seduction of the first class takes its passengers into the realms of pure pleasure. Luckily you don’t have to buy a first class ticket to experience the amazing taste of caviar on a piece of blini.
Cathay Pacific serves pasteurized sustainable farmed caviar of Siberian Sturgeon. You can sit in your chair or have that little piece of black gold as part of your dinner without flying around the globe. Check the Siberian Osetra here and experience the first class in your own home.
Emirates describe their caviar as real Iranian Wild Caviar and Qatar Airways serve Osetra. Check all of those different varieties of caviar at Bond Caviar to experience the benefits of flying through pure delight.