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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 2022 – Emirates and Dilmah Tea have enjoyed a long-standing 30-year partnership to brew the finest teas on board and in Emirates airport lounges around the world for 30 years. To mark the milestone of International Tea Day, all Emirates passengers received a special tea box on their flight from Dubai a few days ago.
Additionally, first class passengers on flights to the UK were treated to a wine pairing, while passengers in the Emirates onboard lounge were offered Dilmah Tea infused mocktails. The special tea pack for all passengers who flew on Saturday contained three different flavours: Ceylon Breakfast, an Emirates-exclusive turmeric, coconut and vanilla tea, and the popular Earl Gray with honey.
In First Class, Emirates offered the Brilliant Breakfast, one of many gourmet teas created by tea enthusiast and Dilmah founder, Merrill J. Fernando. This was paired with the afternoon tea service on board.
Moroccan mint green tea was delicious paired with Labneh – a tangy, creamy yogurt – with roasted vegetables for vegetarians. While Dilmah’s Sench Green Extra Special tea – renowned for its delicate taste with a herbal finish with a hint of sweetness – was served with sushi, especially seafood.
“Emirates focuses on dishes that emphasize the highest quality fresh ingredients. We pay close attention to every detail and the quality of tea we offer our customers is no different. The fact that we have been serving Dilmah Tea for 30 years in all our cabins is proof of its quality and our satisfaction with the perfect cup of tea.
“We have an exceptional partnership with Dilmah and we have grown in tandem over the past 30 years. Over 9.6 million tea bags are used across our fleet each year with over 10 tea varieties on offer, including an exclusive Emirates Signature tea served in First Class,” said Thomas Ney, DSVP, Service Delivery at Emirates .
Dilhan C. Fernando, son of Dilmah Founder and CEO of the family business, explained: “For 30 years, we have developed a tea-inspired collaboration with Emirates, providing customers with a unique Emirates tea experience. To celebrate the anniversary of the Pearl of our tea partnership, we have produced a tea as rare as it is magnificent. A seasonal tea of extraordinary finesse, hand-picked from tea bushes that have been tended for months and shaped into a limited-edition numbered tea.
“Our cooperation with Emirates truly showcases the luxury of fine tea and, in our mocktails and wine pairings, contemporary tea-inspired hospitality. Over the past 30 years, we’ve created those special moments for Emirates customers, whether on the ground, in its lounges around the world or at 40,000 feet and this year is no different. We are delighted to have the 30-year-old special blend on board the Emirates fleet. »
A world-class partnership
Millions of world-class cups of tea have been served to Emirates customers since the airline’s partnership with Dilmah began in 1992.
The airline brings the best products on board through long-standing partnerships around the world, including support for local suppliers and artisans. Emirates takes the Dilmah brand to more than 130 destinations on six continents.
The teas offered on Emirates are chosen based on their popularity among customers, catering to different preferences like mint or citrus infusions, as well as looking at tea drinking trends. With an increasing emphasis on the well-being of its customers, the airline recently introduced a new tea to its airport lounges: turmeric, coconut and vanilla with antioxidant properties.
On board, the most popular tea in economy class is Dilmah Ceylon black tea, while first and business class passengers favor Moroccan mint and breakfast tea. Emirates serves a selection of six teas in Business Class and its airport lounges, and a further six teas in First Class.