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Kumamoto-Style Air Kumamon Latest Addition to JAL's Air Series of In-Flight Meals

Kumamoto-Style Air Kumamon Latest Addition to JAL's Air Series of In-Flight Meals

The Air Kumamon in-flight meal offered on some JAL flights.

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Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. (JAL) began offering the Air Kumamon in-flight meal on international routes connecting Japan to western countries on June 1.

The meal is the ninth in the Air Series of in-flight meals, in which JAL collaborates with popular food and restaurant brands. The package's design sports Kumamon, a popular fictional bear from Kumamoto Prefecture. Inside is a meal of taipien, a local Kumamoto variation on a Chinese dish more familiar to westerners as vermicelli soup. Taipien's ingredients include transparent cellophane "harusame" noodles and vegetables. The development of this particular recipe was supervised by Korantei, a venerable Chinese restaurant in the city of Kumamoto.

When served, passengers also receive egg, banbanji chicken, lettuce and other ingredients they can use to customize their meal. The soup also comes with separate plates with a fried rice ball and a Kumamon Custard Cake.

Travelers can get the Kumamon meal in premium economy and economy class seats on flights from Narita to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, London, Paris, Frankfurt and Helsinki. (Service on the Helsinki route will begin on July 1.)

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