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Japan Airlines to serve Air Kentucky Fried Chicken

AIR KENTUCKY served on select JAL Flights

Japan Airlines Serves up Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken is said to be widely popular in Japan, especially during the Christmas season. As the Christmas season is near, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan (KFC) have teamed up to provide the original “AIR KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN” dish to passengers in Economy and Premium Economy on select international flights.

Passengers on international flights between Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), and Frankfurt (FRA) will be served the “AIR KENTUCKY” dish as part of the second meal service between December 1, 2012, and February 28, 2013. Passengers on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to San Diego (SAN) will also have the opportunity to sample “AIR KENTUCKY” in addition to the special menu for the inaugural period.

JAL and KFC have created unique packaging (pictured above) just for this meal. The design features JAL and the famous founder and mascot of KFC, Colonel Sanders on a special box and tray mat, unavailable anywhere else but on-board these JAL flights.

The meal will consist of a drumstick, one boneless chicken breast fillet, a piece of complementing flat bread made especially for “AIR KENTUCKY”, a cup of coleslaw and lettuce leaves or as a sandwich by sandwiching the fresh lettuce leaves and fragrant fillet in the bread, and topping it off with special mayonnaise.

A subsidiary of YUM! Brands, Kentucky Fried Chicken is an American Icon with restaurants around the world. KFC has over 300 menu items worldwide to suit regional tastes.

Other airlines have attempted to adopt Fast Food brands into their in-flight menu with mixed success.

What is your take on “AIR KENTUCKY”?

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2 Responses


KFC for in-flight meals? Wonder how it’ll hold up and secondly how “fragrant” the plane will be after the meal.


As long as it is not the “crispy” fried chicken, I think it’ll keep. The in-flight meal will likely be stored cold and heated prior to service.

If they don’t slack on salts and spices, I see it being a decent choice. I toured a flight kitchen once and was told the taste palate is different at 32,000 feet and additional salt and/or spices are needed for taste.

Read a few other articles – seems the Japanese seem to take their inflight meals seriously.

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