A Qatar-based company is using traditional Scandinavian methods to expertly smoke fresh Norwegian salmon, which is now being served onboard Qatar Airways flights. Customers flying in the airline’s First and Business Class cabins can choose from exquisitely presented locally-smoked salmon dishes as part of Qatar Airways’ bespoke à la carte dine-on-demand menu.

The expertly crafted dishes include Pre-Sliced Smoked Salmon, Tender-Loin Smoked Salmon and Chilled Salmon Gravlax, in addition to an Atlantic Salmon Fillet option. More than 70,000 smoked salmon dishes a month are carefully prepared and served onboard Qatar Airways flights. The locally-produced dishes are sourced from Doha-based company Ocean Fish, one of the region’s premier seafood producers and the largest supplier of smoked salmon in the Middle East.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Catering Services Aaron Claxton said they are delighted to be able to offer passengers Qatari-crafted smoked salmon.

Working in partnership with Ocean Fish, we are able to support local businesses and initiatives while offering the very best quality produce to meet the exacting standards of Qatar Airways. It demonstrates our commitment to constantly refine our products and services that comprise our unrivalled five-star service.’

Ocean Fish Factory Manager and Smoke Master Anders Jensen said they only provide the very best quality fresh Norwegian salmon for Qatar Airways.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Doha uses the same traditional methods for smoking, where we hand-salt the fresh fish, and use our own carefully chosen beechwood to smoke the fish to just the right flavour for our customers. Our attention to detail means passengers flying with Qatar Airways and guests at top hotels in Doha can now enjoy the freshest and most succulent locally-smoked Norwegian salmon in a variety of delicious dishes.’

Ocean Fish also supplies its much-sought after smoked salmon to local customers through the St Regis Doha.

Ocean Fish uses fresh Norwegian salmon, flown directly from Oslo to Doha (onboard Qatar Airways flights), and immediately transferred to the airline’s chilled cargo facility by specialised temperature-controlled vehicles. Once delivered to Ocean Fish’s new Doha premises, the process to produce locally-smoked salmon begins.

A salt and sugar mix is carefully hand-rubbed into the fish, which are then placed in chiller boxes to infuse for 24 hours to give it flavour. The mix is then removed slowly by water over a number of hours. Using traditional methods, the fish is smoked over specially-chosen beechwood, giving it a distinctive flavour. The fish is repeatedly smoked and then allowed to rest, enabling it to mature and dry. It is then smoked again over 10-14 hours to infuse with Ocean Fish’s trademark aroma.

This is just the latest initiative taken by the airline to further enhance its renowned five-star service. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways launched a new Pre-Select Dining menu option, enabling passengers in First and Business Class to board their flight with pre-selected dish reserved and waiting for them whenever they are ready to dine. This gives them more time to relax and enjoy the airline’s superior onboard entertainment and amenities.

Multiple award-winning Qatar Airways was awarded the 2017 Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, the fourth time it has won this global accolade. Qatar’s national carrier also clinched Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.

For more information about Qatar Airways, visit their website at qatarairways.com.