As a result, the Flying Kangaroo, changing its stopover from Singapore to Dubai on the Australia-Europe route, will not be carrying any foodstuffs offensive to the Islamic faith. Reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph:
'QANTAS has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Middle Eastern airline Emirates.
No food containing pork or pork products will be served on those flights - which now has a stopover in Dubai - because it is strictly forbidden in Islam and is considered "unholy".
All meals offered on the route in first, business and economy classes will also be prepared without alcohol in keeping with the Islamic religion. A note on the Qantas menus on flights in and out of Dubai states that the meals do not contain pork products or alcohol. The airline has also introduced a mezze plate offering traditional Middle Eastern fare in its upper classes and has Arabic translations after in-flight announcements.
A Qantas spokesman said the decision to remove pork, ham and other related food items had had minimal impact on its menu and it was still offering the same meal choices.
"Qantas in-flight catering often reflects the cultural and regional influences of the international destinations we fly to," he said....'Ah, well, the airline industry's a cutthroat business and dem is the breaks. That the Flying Kangaroo has done what it needed to do to stay airborne above the fierce competition makes no difference to me (as long as they still serve a [pre-ordered] vegetarian option) and it might save some Jewish passengers the hassle of pre-ordering kosher.
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Hat tip: reader Rita