Award-winning airline offers highest-grade fresh Norwegian salmon, smoked in Qatar using traditional Scandinavian methods
Airline continues to support local businesses as new industries emerge
DOHA, Qatar – A Qatar-based company is using traditional Scandinavian methods to expertly smoke fresh Norwegian salmon, which is now being served on board Qatar Airways flights. Customers flying in the airline’s First Class and Business Class cabins can choose from exquisitely presented locally-smoked salmon dishes as part of Qatar Airways’ bespoke à la carte dine-on-demand menu.
The expertly crafted dishes include Pre-Sliced Smoked Salmon, Tender-Loin Smoked Salmon and Chilled Salmon Gravlax, in addition to an Atlantic Salmon Fillet option. More than 70,000 smoked salmon dishes a month are carefully prepared and served on board Qatar Airways flights. The locally-produced dishes are sourced from Doha-based company Ocean Fish, one of the region’s premier seafood producers and the largest supplier of smoked salmon in the Middle East.
Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Catering Services, Aaron Claxton, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our passengers Qatari-crafted smoked salmon, which is produced to the very highest international standards, using traditional Scandinavian methods. Working in partnership with Ocean Fish, we are able to support local businesses and initiatives while at the same time offering the very best quality produce to meet the exacting standards of Qatar Airways and its passengers. It also demonstrates our commitment to constantly refine our products and services that comprise our unrivalled five-star service.”
Ocean Fish Factory Manager and Smoke Master, Anders Jensen, said: “We only provide the very best quality fresh Norwegian salmon sourced by family-run companies in Norway and smoked here in Qatar, to produce bespoke locally-smoked salmon for Qatar Airways customers and meet the airline’s exacting specifications.
“Our state-of-the-art facility here in Doha uses the same traditional methods for smoking, where we hand-salt the fresh fish, and use our own carefully chosen beachwood to smoke the fish to just the right flavour for our customers. Our attention to detail means passengers flying with Qatar Airways and guests at top hotels in Doha can now enjoy the freshest and most succulent locally-smoked Norwegian salmon in a variety of delicious dishes.”
Ocean Fish also supplies its much-sought after smoked salmon to local customers through luxury Doha hotel, the St Regis.
Ocean Fish uses fresh Norwegian salmon, flown on board Qatar Airways flights direct from Oslo to Doha, which is immediately transferred to the airline’s impressive chilled cargo facility by specialised temperature-controlled vehicles. Once delivered to Ocean Fish’s new Doha premises, the process to produce locally-smoked salmon begins.
A salt and sugar mix is carefully hand-rubbed into the fish, which is placed in chiller boxes to infuse for 24 hours to give it flavour. The mix is then removed slowly by water over a number of hours. Using traditional methods, the fish is smoked over specially-chosen beachwood, which gives it a distinctive flavour. The fish is repeatedly smoked and then allowed to rest, enabling it to mature and dry. It is then smoked again over 10-14 hours to further infuse it with Ocean Fish’s trademark aroma.
This is just the latest initiative taken by the airline to further enhance its renowned five-star service. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways launched a new Pre-Select Dining menu option, enabling passengers in First and Business Class to board their flight in the comfort and knowledge that their pre-selected dish has been reserved and is waiting for them whenever they are ready to dine. This gives them more time to relax and enjoy the airline’s superior on-board entertainment and amenities.
As well as enjoying an unrivalled five-star dining experience, premium customers can also be pampered with amenities from world-class brands such as BRIC’S, Nappa Dori, Monte Vibiano and The White Company.
Qatar Airways is launching a host exciting new destinations around the world between now and the end of 2018, including Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and San Francisco, U.S, to name a few.
Multiple award-winning Qatar Airways was this year awarded Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, the fourth time it has won this global accolade. Qatar’s national carrier also clinched Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
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About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is celebrating 20 years of Going Places Together with travellers across its more than 150 business and leisure destinations. The world’s fast growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2017/18, including Dublin, Nice, Skopje, Sarajevo and many more, flying passengers on board its modern fleet of 200 aircraft.
A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was recently named Airline of the Year by the 2017 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named World’s Best Business Class, Best Airline in the Middle East, and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.
Qatar Airways is a member of the oneworld global alliance. The award-winning alliance was named the World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 by Skytrax for the third year running. Qatar Airways was the first Gulf carrier to join global airline alliance, oneworld, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
Oryx One, Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system offers passengers up to 4,000 entertainment options from the latest blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music, games and much more. Passengers flying on Qatar Airways flights served by its B787, A350, A380, A319 and select A320 and A330 aircraft can also stay in touch with their friends and family around the world by using the award-winning airline’s on-board Wi-Fi and GSM service.
Qatar Airways proudly supports a range of exciting international and local initiatives dedicated to enriching the global community that it serves. Qatar Airways, the official FIFA partner, is the official sponsor of many top-level sporting events, including the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cups, reflecting the values of sports as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s own brand message - Going Places Together.
Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s third largest international cargo carrier, serves 60 exclusive freighter destinations worldwide via its world-class Doha hub and also delivers freight to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations globally with 200 aircraft. The Qatar Airways Cargo fleet includes eight Airbus A330 freighters and 12 Boeing 777 freighters.
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