Business News Update: A master class in the appreciation of Ceylon Tea took place at 40,000 feet when Emirates and Sri Lanka’s premier brand Dilmah celebrated a 27-year partnership on board an Emirates A380 flying between Dubai and London.
Held at the iconic A380 On-board Lounge by Dilhan Fernando, CEO, Dilmah Tea and the founder of Dilmah, Merril J. Fernando ahead of International Tea Day on 15th December, the master class was the first of its kind held in the skies.
Emirates and Dilmah have enjoyed a longstanding partnership of brewing the finest teas on board and in Emirates airport lounges around the world. Today, the airline serves a special selection of 12 Dilmah teas catering to the tastes and sensory preferences of all its customers – including an exclusive tea created just for the airline.
“Our commitment to providing a world class dining experience onboard runs through everything from the quality of ingredients in our menus to the drinks we serve on board.We have been proudly serving Dilmah tea to our customers for 27 years with a shared dedication to provide our customers with a unique tea experience,” said Darren Bott, Emirates’ Vice President, Catering.
Guests at the master class aboard flight EK31 were also wowed with the world’s highest flair bartending show by TomekMalek, a world champion flair bartender. Tomek also created a special mocktail – the Dilmah Elixir Breeze – for the audience to taste. Dilhan Fernando, CEO of Dilmah Tea said: “Our emphasis is on offering customers a signature and therefore uniquely Emirates experience in tea – we have created this with our Emirates Signature Tea which integrates flavours and ingredients that represent the cultural heritage of Emirates Airline.”
The airline brings the finest products on board through long standing partnerships worldwide, and supporting local suppliers and artisans. Emirates and Dilmah have grown exponentially since their collaboration began in 1992 and today Emirates, the world’s largest international airline takes the Dilmah brand to more than 140 destinations on six continents.