The animal rights group, PETA, is calling on Singapore Airlines to serve only vegan food on its proposed flights to nowhere. The airline recently made a publicity splash by flagging the three-hour scenic flights later this year. PETA thinks the high profile flights are a good opportunity for Singapore Airlines to walk their pro-environmental talk.
PETA has called on Singapore Airlines to drop animal products off its flight to nowhere menus. Photo: Singapore Airlines
“Since your airline is committed to exploring opportunities for staff and customers to get involved in environmental protection, serving exclusively vegan meals to flyers on ‘flights to nowhere’ is an opportunity to advance your proactive policies,” said PETA in a letter to Singapore Airlines CEO, Goh Choon Phong.
PETA tackles Singapore Airlines over animal products on its in-flight menus
Precisely what those proactive policies are is difficult to determine. Simple Flying dived into Singapore Airlines’ supplier code of conduct. The code addresses key issues like labor rights, ethics, waste, and corruption. It doesn’t address how and where its in-flight food gets sourced from.
A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Simple Flying today that the airline has a strong focus on sustainability and sourcing produce from sustainable sources. In its Sustainability Report 2019/20, Singapore Airlines says they “intensified our efforts by collaborating with some of our suppliers on initiatives to provide socially and environmentally-friendly offerings.”
“For instance, we source for fish from a local farm that employs best practices in aquaculture and animal husbandry across its value chain.”
But PETA wants Singapore Airlines to do more.
“Serving vegan food would elevate Singapore Airlines’ meals to new heights while shedding some of its environmental baggage,” says PETA Asia Senior Vice President Jason Baker in a statement seen by Simple Flying.
Whether ditching animal products on Singapore Airlines would take its meal to “new heights” is an interesting argument and a big ask by PETA. One of the joys of flying on Singapore Airlines are those delicious chicken satay skewers. They grill them and plate them up with a bowl of peanut satay on the side. They are incredibly morish.
Singapore Airlines all-star chicken satay skewers. Photo: Pkr2255 via Wikimedia Commons
Singapore Airlines has a strong reputation for its in-flight food
Singapore Airlines has a strong reputation for the quality of its food. The airlines’ Book the Cook service is currently unavailable. But you can go online and see what’s usually on offer. In the airline’s premium cabins on its London bound services, there are about 18 Book the Cook meals available. Only one is vegetarian (or two if the count the multigrain toast with herb cottage cheese, grilled vegetables, and fresh berries low fat yogurt available for breakfast). The remainder of the offering covers the full gamut of proteins, from eel to duck to beef. Frankly, they all sound delicious.
In Singapore Airlines’ premium economy cabin on flights to Houston, passengers usually have a choice of seven Book the Cook meals. Only one, a vegetarian lasagne, doesn’t have meat products in it. But pasta has eggs in it and that rules it out for vegans.
Singapore Airlines has a strong reputation for its food, including this premium economy offering. Photo: Singapore Airlines
Any airline’s food offering is going to reflect customer demand. Premium airlines like Singapore Airlines also allow passengers to order meals according to many dietary preferences, including vegan.
PETA’s call for animal product free Singapore Airlines flights to nowhere probably won’t fly. Singapore Airlines offers choice, and passengers can choose whether or not to consume meat products. As for the flights to nowhere, the airline says it appreciates people’s enthusiasm but nothing is set in stone yet.
“Currently, none of these plans have been firmed up,” a spokesperson told Simple Flying.
“We will make an announcement at the appropriate time if we go ahead.”