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Emirates Rolls Out Exclusive Thanksgiving Menus for U.S. Bound Flights

Emirates will dish out seasonal delicacies, including turkey, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie, on planes and in lounges this week

by Lauren Smith

November 22, 2023

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates

Emirates is celebrating Thanksgiving by serving special festive meals on its flights between Dubai (DXB) and its 12 U.S. destinations and in its four U.S. lounges. 

The Thanksgiving meals will be available from Thursday, November 23, until the end of the month in all cabins of Emirates flights.

Passengers in First Class will enjoy luxury takes on Pilgrim classics, starting with sweet potato soup with poached lobster and chives. The main course is a Thanksgiving turkey leg roulade, served with pumpkin purée, cranberry jus lié, Brussels sprouts, steamed green beans, glazed baby carrots, veal bacon strips, and roasted pecans.

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates

The feast is rounded out with a menu of seasonal desserts, including warm apple fritters with mascarpone cream and cinnamon sugar, key lime tarts decked with raspberry coulis, and slices of toffee apple and pecan cake, topped with vanilla curd, cherry compote, marshmallows, and pistachios.

Business Class Specials

Business and Premium Economy customers will start their meals with sweet potato soup accented with roasted pumpkin oil. They’ll go on to savor sliced sous vide turkey, accompanied by traditional cornbread, pumpkin purée, cranberry jus lié, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, and roasted pecans. For a final, sweet treat, they’ll enjoy slices of spiced apple cake doused with date compote and raspberry curd.

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates

The festivities continue at the plane’s rear as economy ticket-holders relish chicken roulade with cranberry jus lié, green peas, mashed parsnips, carrots, and baked potatoes with butter and parsley. For dessert, they have a choice of pumpkin delice with cinnamon cream or a toffee apple and pecan crumble topped with salted caramel sauce and marshmallows.

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates

Passengers in First, Business, and Premium Economy classes will also wake up to a seasonal breakfast of cinnamon pancakes plated with apple and cranberry compote and dollops of pumpkin cream. Blueberry muffins and aromatic cinnamon rolls are also available.

Airbus A380, Lounge Exclusives

On flights operated with the Airbus A380, first and Business Class passengers can also sample Thanksgiving treats on the onboard bar and lounge. On offer are pecan cupcakes with delectable cream cheese frosting and snickerdoodle blondies to be washed down with premium wine, champagne, whiskeys, and cocktails.

Photo: Airbus A380, Onboard Lounge. Courtesy of Emirates

Between November 18 and 25, Emirates will celebrate Thanksgiving in its airport lounges in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston (BOS). Guests there will enjoy traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as rosemary and sage turkey breast, cranberry sauce, delicious stuffing, glazed chestnuts, new potatoes with rosemary and paprika, roasted root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkin tarts.

Thanksgiving NFL

It’s not Thanksgiving without blockbuster NFL games; travelers won’t have to miss the action while flying. With Sport24, passengers can use their entertainment systems to watch matches between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, and Washington Commanders and the Dallas Cowboys.

Photo: Business Class, Boeing 777. Courtesy of Emirates.

Those who prefer movies with their pumpkin pie can choose from 2,000 films, including 80 Academy Award winners. Also on the menu are 650 television shows, while the 4,000 hours of music, podcasts, and audiobooks would last you 275 flights between New York and Dubai.

Using the Emirates app, Customers can browse and pre-select the content they want to watch before they board.

Emirates currently flies to 12 destinations in the United States:

  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Seattle Tacoma Airport (SEA)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Miami International Airport (MIA)