TOKYO, Japan and MCLEAN, VA – Hilton Worldwide today announced the next phase in its collaboration with Japan’s largest airline, ANA. The two global companies will introduce new culinary offerings from the executive chefs at Conrad Tokyo and Conrad New York, which are available in-flight between Tokyo and the United States, as well as in ANA Suite Lounges at Tokyo’s Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT) Airports beginning March 1. The partnership honors the 25th anniversary of ANA’s first direct flight from Tokyo to New York and celebrates both cities’ vibrant culture with a curated playlist and an in-flight destination video.
“Hilton Worldwide prides itself on providing exceptional hospitality experiences. Through this unique collaboration with ANA, we are able to touch every aspect of our guests’ journey with enriching, memorable experiences,” said Mark Liversidge, vice president, Marketing, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide. “The Conrad brand was the natural choice for Phase Two of the partnership, and our hope is that this collaboration continues to inspire guests with the diverse culinary and cultural experiences from New York City and Tokyo.”
Tokyo to U.S. In-Flight Offerings
From March 1 to May 31, 2016, business class passengers on ANA flights between Tokyo and the United States will enjoy meals created by Chef Antonio Cardoso, executive chef of Atrio, Conrad New York’s Mediterranean-inspired wine bar and signature restaurant. The new in-flight menu features a variety of satisfying dishes, including Moroccan rubbed swordfish grill with farro salad, red pepper conserva and young corn and red wine braised short rib. For desserts, chocolate panacotta with sweet blueberry compote and ricotta cheese cake with meyer lemon curd will be served. The menu will be updated on a seasonal basis, and is available on ANA flights departing from Narita Airport to all U.S. destinations excluding red eye and Honolulu flights.
Additionally, Chef Cardoso created a specialty cocktail inspired by New York City that incorporates ANA’s signature kabosu lime juice. The Conrad Gin Rickey cocktail will be offered to Business Class ANA passengers traveling from Narita Airport to the U.S. between March 1 and May 31, 2016.
New York to Tokyo In-Flight Offerings
A three-course seasonal menu created by Chef Cardoso will also be offered on ANA business class flights departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport to Narita Airport between June 1 and August 31, 2016. Menu highlights include roasted branzino filet served with ratatouille vegetables and tomato saffron sauce, rosemary and herb-crusted beef tenderloin served with gratin of potatoes and seasonal vegetables, yuzu panacotta and dark chocolate mousse cake.
Chef Cardoso’s specialty cocktail will also be served on ANA business class flights departing from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport to Narita Airport between June 1 and August 31, 2016.
ANA Suite Lounge Offerings
First class and ANA Diamond Service passengers traveling through the ANA Suite Lounges at Haneda and Narita Airports this year will be offered a special menu designed by Chef Albert Tse, executive chef of China Blue at Conrad Tokyo. The seasonally-inspired Chinese menu will be offered from September 1 to November 30, 2016.
“Marking the 25th anniversary of our Tokyo-New York route with this very special food and beverage collaboration is a great way to honor the legacy of ANA while demonstrating our continued commitment to providing unparalleled inflight experiences,” said Hideki Kunugi, senior vice president of ANA, The Americas. “We are honored to count Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide among the cadre of innovative brands we have partnered with to bring greater service to our customers.”
Through November 30, 2016, passengers onboard any ANA international flight can watch a destination documentary about New York City, providing further inspiration during their journey. Conrad New York also curated a jazz playlist to be enjoyed as the in-flight entertainment with the menu this spring. ANA is the first Japanese airline to offer a fully-flat, staggered seat configuration in its business class service, providing passengers direct access to the aisle and 50 percent more space than conventional layouts. ANA currently offers twice daily direct flights between Tokyo and New York, as well as nine other North American cities.