Passengers traveling on Hong Kong Airlines’ inaugural Hong Kong to Los Angeles flight on December 18, 2017, were also the first to enjoy a brand new dining experience onboard, featuring a series of newly designed tableware, consisting of chinaware, glassware, and cutlery.
Hong Kong Airlines has partnered with award-winning, local homeware design brand JIA Inc. (“Jia”) and inflight experience specialists CLIP to develop a new selection of exclusive Business Class tableware that showcases Hong Kong’s unique heritage and culture. Working with international designers, JIA looks to infuse traditional Chinese dining habits with modern accessibility – in doing so, creating new interpretations through design that are a marriage of Eastern and Western elements. “The design of Hong Kong Airlines’ new tableware is inspired by the Bauhinia × blakeana (Bauhinia flower), as seen on Hong Kong Airlines’ logo, and also the flora emblem of Hong Kong,” said JIA founders Mr. and Mrs. Christopher and Kay Lin.
“The bowl and appetizer plate bares a distinct resemblance to the shape of the Bauhinia flower’s petal, while the design of the red butter dish was inspired by the roundness and smooth shape of seeds. Meanwhile, the dark brown bread plate resembles the shape of a Bauhinia leaf, and the cutlery’s sleek and slender appearance evokes memories of the delicate Bauhinia stems.”
Made from new bone china, stainless steel and glass, the delicately crafted set is designed to maximize customers’ comfort and artfully plays with Eastern and Western references: the cutlery is Western, but formally resembles the stems of the Bauhinia flower; the cleverly designed coffee set is perfect for a modern-day ritual and the beautiful flower-shaped plates embellish the food presented.
Rounding things off are the salt and pepper shakers – condiment dispensers that are becoming somewhat of a rare sight in Business Class today. Designed in the shapes of popular Dim Sum, Ha Gow (prawn dumpling) and Siu Mai (pork dumpling), Hong Kong Airlines’ new salt and pepper shakers make excellent keepsakes, and are unique pieces of Hong Kong that all Business Class passengers are encouraged to take back home.
For passengers traveling in Economy Class, the tableware has also been completely revamped. CLIP has designed the new collection to be highly functional, with a timeless geometric layout. It is made from a high quality resin that creates a beautiful, smooth finish. The elegant off-white color is contemporary looking, and is designed to enhance the perception of the food it contains.
“We were inspired to create a contemporary look for the new equipment; and at the same time, ensure that the Hong Kong Airlines ethos and brand values are taken into consideration in the holistic design. The new Hong Kong Airlines Economy Class equipment is clean, modern, and elegant – by combining five rice grains to form the Bauhinia flower, this signature design further strengthens the link between Hong Kong Airlines and its home. The simple, yet timeless design reinforces Hong Kong Airline’s commitment to provide its passengers with a genuine and unique experience of the Hong Kong culture and lifestyle,” said Ms. Cindy Lam, Director at CLIP.
About Hong Kong Airlines
Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong. From ground operation to inflight service, the airline is committed to delivering an exceptional customer experience with a unique flair of its home base. Hong Kong Airlines boasts an ever-expanding international network, covering nearly 40 destinations across Asia Pacific and North America. Hong Kong Airlines also maintains codeshare and interline agreements with 94 airline partners, offering its customers more choice and convenience across the continents. Hong Kong Airlines operates an all-Airbus fleet, with an average age of five years, making it one of the youngest and modern fleets in the world. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the four-star rating by Skytrax since 2011. Hong Kong Airlines has also been recognized for its excellent On-Time-Performance, having been ranked by air travel intelligence company OAG as one of the world’s most punctual carriers in 2017.
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