Japan Airlines (JAL) has revealed that starting today, January 9th, first class passengers on their international flights will be served award-winning Miyazaki beef. The premium food will be available on flights from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport heading to either Europe or North America, and be offered through March 31st of this year. While it certainly makes one consider the appetizing advantage of spending the extra money to upgrade to first class, one would wonder if it’s enough to make up for concerns over the troubles of the Boeing 787 aircraft.
Actually, Japanese beef fans don’t need to worry about booking JAL flights on a 787, as the Miyazaki beef is meant to commemorate the launch of the airline’s JAL Sky Suite, a new series of inflight products and services, on the 777 aircraft. The quality of Miyazaki beef, which takes its name from Miyazaki Prefecture, on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, where it is produced, is rated over level A-4 by the country’s Meat Grading Association. The beef is recognized as Japan’s most superior, and known as a prime label overseas.
From now until February 28th, JAL will serve the high-grade meat as western meal selection in first class. The fillet will be “alla Rossini,” and on a menu specially chosen by Michelin 3-star chef Seiji Yamamoto. During the month of March there will be a change of menu, but Miyazaki beef will still be included until the 31st.[via Asia Travel Tips]