Ural Airlines’ has launched a new initiative to keep travel spirits up for Russians amid nationwide stay-at-home orders. Recently the airline started making its inflight meals available for purchase to those residing in the cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg.
“Everything is like in an airplane, except for the view from the window,” the airline mentions in a Russian Instagram post introducing the special service.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nationwide stay-at-home measures have been put in place for Russians since April. In fact, residents only being allowed to leave their homes to make essential purchases. Thus, the service was put in place for residents to get a “taste of travel without leaving [their] home”, said the carrier.
What are the meals being offered?
The meals can be bought directly from the airline’s online store and offer a range of staple options – chicken, meat, and fish – as well as orange, apple, and tomato juices to complete the set. To top it off, the meals are served on familiar airline trays.
“All dishes are served in accordance with the rules of aviation cuisine, so the airline guarantees for quality and safety,” continued the carrier in its official statement.
Prices range from $22.55 (1700 ₽) for a Business class meal to as low as $7.30 (550 ₽) for Economy class choices. Business-class meals are only offered to residents situated Moscow and St. Petersburg, but not Yekaterinburg.
According to the airline, 5% of the amount from a customer’s total order may also be credited as bonuses into their Wings loyalty account, should they have one. If not, customers may register for the program on the carriers’ website.
Airline catering initiatives worldwide
Ural Airlines is not the only carrier with an active catering department during the worldwide pandemic. Although the virus has forced much of the travel industry to come to a halt, food will always remain a necessity no matter where we are.
In the UAE, Etihad Airways’ catering department has been commissioned to provide over 15,000 meals a day to those who are self-isolating, as well as to frontline medical staff. On the other side of the world, instead of letting their food surplus go to waste, American Airlines has donated 25,000 meals to those heavily affected in Chicago and Washington D.C.
Ural Airlines surviving amid pandemic
Russia closed its borders to foreigners on 30th March 2020 as a way to curb the spread of the virus, only allowing for expatriates to return home.
As of 10th April, Russian Aviation Insider reported that Ural Airlines, an all-Airbus operator was forced to ground one-third of its fleet, due to a 50% decrease in the carrier’s route network. However, the airline remains crucial amid the corona-crisis, performing repatriation flights from Thailand to Russia, in an effort to bring citizens home.
Besides launching their new delivery service, the carrier has also made headlines this week for transporting three orphaned brown bears from Yekaterinburg (SVX) to a wildlife center in Khabarovsk (KHV).
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