The global Muslim population is estimated at 1.6 billion people and to better cater to the needs of our Muslim passengers, ANA is planning to offer an expanded range of high quality halal food from the second half of fiscal 2014. ANA is introducing halal-certified Japanese rice cracker “Arare”, in advance of these menu changes.
Arare is also certified as vegetarian food*2, and will also be offered on flights to India, where we are pleased to serve a large number of vegetarian passengers.
ANA is expanding its international route network, particularly through a significant increase from the end of this March in international destinations served from Haneda Airport, As part of this, ANA, Japan’s only 5-star airline, is committed to meeting a diverse range of customer needs.
Arare will initially be served on flights from Narita to Jakarta, Delhi and Mumbai and on the Haneda-Jakarta route. ANA plans to expand the service to other routes based on the level of demand.
About “Arare”, Japanese confectionery
Arare is a traditional type of Japanese confectionery made by roasting rice cakes cut into two or three cm pieces. An alternative method of preparation is to fry the rice cakes in oil.
Senbei is another type of Japanese confectionery made from rice but in most cases it is made from ordinary rice rather than the glutinous rice used to make Arare.
*1 NPO Japan Asian Halal Association
**2 NPO Japan Vegetarian Society