Today’s news in brief:

Qatar Airways introduces vegan range for business passengers

Qatar Airways has introduced its first range of fully vegan dishes to its à-la-carte menu in business class, designed to cater to an increasing demand for plant-based food.

The airline says the new dishes use “only the freshest locally and internationally sourced ingredients” and are available to all business class passengers flying from the airline’s Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, as well as on select flights into Doha.

The range includes smoked moutabel, spiral courgettes and arrabbiata sauce, tofu and spinach tortellini, Asian barbecue tofu, noodles, fried tofu with vegetable tajine and a chickpea flour omelette.

The airline also offers a wide selection of special meals to cater to different dietary requirements. These include young traveller meals, vegetarian or religious meals and medical or healthcare meals and must be ordered up to 24 hours before your flight.

Spanning 69,000 square meters, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company’s Hamad airport facility is one of the world’s largest self-contained catering facilities.

Air India adds permanent Vancouver service

Star Alliance member Air India is launching a three times per week service to Vancouver using a three-class Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

Flights will operate on Sundays, Wednesday and Fridays from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport, meaning Air India will go head-to-head with fellow Star Alliance member Air Canada (which offers a vastly superior product in business class) on the route.

Air India has already been flying to the Canadian city as part of the Vande Bharat repatriation mission and the new service will operate as follows:

  • Flight AI185 leaves Delhi at 5am, arriving into Vancouver at 6.45am the same day (flight time 15 hours, 15 minutes)
  • Flight AI186 departs Vancouver at 10am, reaching Delhi at 2.45pm the next day (flight time 15 hours, 15 minutes)

Return Business class tickets cost around INR 222,000 (USD 3,000), according to the Air India website. Economy is on sale for around INR 82,000 (USD 1,120).

Saadaan’s review of the Air India Boeing 777 business class cabin can be seen here.

Ultra-low rates at Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai

The rates just keep falling at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai, where there are currently special offers for members of the Taj InnerCircle programme.

Members can book a Tower room for just INR 4,950 (USD 67) plus taxes, while a Palace room can be had for just INR 9,000 (USD 122) plus taxes (once again, beating the lowest rates we’ve ever seen in the past).

The deal is valid until December 31, 2020 and includes wifi for up to four devices, 20% off food and soft drinks and a set breakfast at Shamiana or Sea Lounge.

Saadaan was all set to take his own trip to the Palace, but has had to reschedule. We are looking forward to returning to the hotel as soon as possible!

To find out more about the current offers, visit this page of the Taj Hotels website.