Bernie Baldwin

Swiss leisure airline, Edelweiss, is now offering a new inflight culinary concept, which it has developed in collaboration with international catering specialist Autogrill.

Both companies have taken into account the effect of the product and packaging on the environment. The carrier also plans to open the “Edelweiss Café” at Zurich Airport in spring 2020.

In keeping with the new Edelweiss concept, the airline’s catering experts at some of its holiday destinations will prepare typical local dishes that will be served on board, along with well-known Swiss dishes. In addition, the local meals made with local ingredients allow Edelweiss to support a sustainable value creation in the respective holiday destinations.

The airline won’t be abandoning traditional Swiss food and Swiss products on board though. These include the popular bread rolls from the Bertschi bakery in Kloten and Bonatura Birchermüesli produced in Kerzers.

Also new is Alpine Ice Tea, which is made from organic alpine herbs and fresh mountain spring water exclusively for Edelweiss by the Simmental-based Swiss Alpine Herbs company.

As noted, the airline is also taking into account the environment with its onboard products, so for economy class it has introduced the Edelweiss Box. The box is reusable and has several other features, including a large multifunctional lid that can be used as a plate as well as to cover meals without the need for additional clasps made of disposal plastic.

Meanwhile, from 1st February 2020, the meals served to passengers in Business Class will be presented in newly designed, lightweight tableware.

The opening of the Edelweiss Café in Zurich Airport’s Check-in 1 will mean that the airline’s hospitality will be extended to those on the ground as well as those in flight. The facility is being built in collaboration with Autogrill at the current location of “Coffee & Friends”, in front of the boarding pass control. Wholly owned by Swiss International Air Lines, Edelweiss flies to more than 72 holiday destinations in 32 countries, and the airline’s route network is growing steadily.