Sunday, January 20, 2019

Farm-to-Air, A New Dining Concept from AirAsia

As a frequent flyer of AirAsia, I just can't contain my excitement to share the new good news from them - they are taking travelers on a new food adventure that is delightfully good for the heart and soul.

The airline which has been voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier for ten straight years today invited media personnel to personally experience the new dining concept which they have formally introduced last January 16 at their partner hotel, Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay.

The farm-to-air dining experience is something every health-conscious traveler have been awaiting and is now a part of its newest “Santan” inflight menu.

Santan, according to CEO Captain Dexter Comendador, is a Malay culinary term that means coconut milk, one of the most common ingredient in many regional Asian dishes.  “Santan came about in 2015 as a tribute to ASEAN flavors, and here we are four years after, welcoming this year with a concept that is both good for the heart and nourishing for the soul. We are promoting healthy eating and helping Filipino farmers at the same time.” These he added.

There are so many aspects why I love the farm-to-air concept, and why you would as well.  As part of AirAsia’s commitment to support Filipino farmers, the airline is elevating the farm-to table social movement to dining experience on air.  For us to get a hold of this idea, we were invited to tour a farm in Silang, Cavite, this farm produces and packs salad greens and fresh herbs for public consumption and delivered to be sold at major grocery stores in Manila.  This is where most of the vegetables come from used for the new Santan meals.

Farm-to-air aims to offer a variety of in flight meals using only fresh harvests and ingredients directly sourced from farmers across the country.

In partnership Discovery Country Suites Tagaytay, AirAsia is now offering Chipotle Chicken Wrap
 and Caesar Salad at P100 and P120, respectively on all AirAsia flights with Z2 code to and from the Philippines.

Fresh and new items in the Santan menu are California Crab Onigiri, Korean Beef Stew with kimchi rice, Cheesy Pesto and Tomato Bun, Corned Beef Bun and an array of sweets such as Brazo de Mercedes, Cookies and Cream Parfait and Butterscotch Bars from as low as P70.00 only.

Sunset Bursts , a two-layered strawberry and lychee drink with coconut jelly sinkers, is a refreshing and healthier alternative to milk tea shakes and it comes in 16oz cup at P120 only. The delicious part is watching the cabin crew prepare your drink while cruising at 30,000 feet above.

Merchandise items by Filipino and social entrepreneurs from ASEAN countries such as
Kahon Abaca Macrame Bag, travel accessories, up-cycled jewelry, bamboo toothbrush, metal straw and abaca bucket are also available for sale on board starting from P180 only.

“We value customer happiness from all points of the journey, from the purchase of the ticket to leaving the airport, on board, and onto the destination,” Comendador added.

All AirAsia guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to save up to 20% as compared to purchasing their meals on board, with a guarantee that their preferred meals are available during their flights. Guests who have booked their flights without meals, meanwhile, can easily add them in via the ‘Manage My Booking’ option after logging in to

AirAsia Philippines executives led by the airline’s CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and Head of Ancillary Business Karlo Sanchez with Discovery Country Suites Head of Sales and Marketing Janice Tiambeng.

Follow the AirAsia Santan journey through the hashtag #AirAsiaSantan and get the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions on Twitter ( and Facebook (


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