SWISS to serve up summer fare from Canton Fribourg aboard its flights


Swiss International Air Lines has turned to the region around Lake Murten in Western Switzerland for its summer inflight cuisine in the latest chapter of its “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” regional culinary programme. Today’s presentation of the new meals at the Le Vieux Manoir hotel in Murten-Meyriez also saw one of the airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft named “Murten”, to serve as a flying ambassador of this popular holiday region.

From 1 June to the end of August, First and Business Class travellers on SWISS’s intercontinental services from Switzerland, some inbound intercontinental flights and longer European routes will be enjoying sophisticated specialities of the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Le Vieux Manoir in Murten-Meyriez, Western Switzerland. The light summer meals have been created by Franz W. Faeh, the 14-GaultMillau-point culinary director of this renowned hotel in the country’s Canton Fribourg.

Top chef Franz W. Faeh is famed for his deft blend of select and contemporary cuisine with a strong Asian influence. His First Class creations for SWISS include a lobster cocktail with papaya salad and a poached red snapper fillet with soya sauce and sesame oil.

The new meals mark the latest chapter in the airline’s “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” inflight catering concept. Introduced in 2002, the concept spotlights a new leading chef from a different Swiss canton every three months who creates inflight meals that accentuate the culinary specialities of the local region.

For summer 2011, SWISS will be working with Le Vieux Manoir, the Fribourg Region tourist board and local food producers to present Canton Fribourg in all its geographical, cultural, linguistic and culinary variety to the airline’s inflight guests. To this end, Franz W. Faeh’s meal creations will be accompanied by exclusive local wines including rare examples from the small Vully region, along with specialist local cheeses such as Le Gruyère AOC, Vacherin Frisé Fribourgeois and L’Armailli de Gruyère.

The popular holiday region around Lake Murten will also be getting a further “lift” courtesy of the national carrier: today’s presentation of the new summer meals at Le Vieux Manoir also saw the naming of SWISS Airbus A320 HB-IJK “Murten”, in honour of the town. The formal naming was performed by Christian Brechbühl, the present mayor of Murten, and Frank Maier, Head of Product & Services at SWISS.

HB-IJK “Murten” will now serve as a flying ambassador of the local region on SWISS’s European network and on services between Switzerland and Africa and the Middle East. Depending on its configuration, the A320 seats between 136 and 168 passengers. The twinjet is 37.6 metres long and has a maximum range of 3 600 kilometres.