Doha: Qatar Airways on Thursday (January 27) announced that it has set the stage for an unforgettable Lunar New Year experience with a special curated selection of festive treats and decorations onboard and in lounges, and traditional ‘hóngbāo’ red envelopes for all passengers travelling between 31 January and 1 February on selected routes.
The Year of the Tiger, being a water tiger year, celebrations will extend to passengers at Al Safwa First and Al Mourjan Business Lounge at Hamad International Airport (HIA) where they can enjoy a reunion dinner and sample traditional celebratory dishes from the bespoke Lunar New Year menu.
Marking the long-awaited end of winter and the start of spring, the Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in East Asia. All passengers travelling on Qatar Airways to and from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore can enjoy a range of celebratory dishes and treats.
Passengers on the selected routes will be welcomed with a ‘hóngbāo’ red envelope containing a complimentary Super Wi-Fi code. Passengers transiting through Doha will receive an exclusive 22 per cent Qatar Duty Free (QDF) discount when shopping from an extensive selection of perfumes, cosmetics and skincare at the QDF Perfumes and Cosmetics Stores (terms and conditions apply), the airline said.
Premium Cabin passengers can start their reunion celebrations onboard with a Golden Mandarin Mule mocktail drink as they begin their celebratory journey.
They can then enjoy special dishes from a bespoke à la carte menu that includes Peking Duck Roll for appetisers, Stir Fried Noodles with Tiger Prawns as the main course and Beef Cheek with vegetable fried rice as a light option. For dessert, passengers can indulge in a traditional Mandarin Mousse – the mandarin orange is traditionally a symbol of prosperity. To enhance the festive ambience, the dishes will be presented with red lanterns on the dining table and complemented with a Chinese knot tassel and a red band.
Passengers travelling in the Economy Class cabin during this period can select a meal from the ‘Lunar New Year’ digital menu that includes Green Tea Soba Salad for appetisers, Sweet & Sour Chicken with Vegetable Fried Rice as the main course and Tofu Cheese Mousse with Red Sesame Crumble for dessert, presented on a themed tray mat along with chopsticks and a red cutlery band that symbolises prosperity and good fortune.
Celebrations continue at Qatar Airways lounges at HIA. Al Safwa First Class Lounge and Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge passengers will enjoy dining on Hot and Sour Chicken Soup, Sichuan Style Beef Short Ribs with Vegetable Fried Rice, finishing off perfectly with a Black Sesame Baked Cheesecake. Tables will be dressed with specially designed red lanterns, chopsticks and Chinese knot tassel.