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JAL to serve Kumamoto's dishes named "Air Kumamon"


Japan Airlines Co. said Thursday it will serve the local cuisine of Kumamoto Prefecture on some international flights, meals it calls "Air Kumamon, named after the popular black bear mascot character of the southwestern prefecture.

The dishes, such as the Taipi-en noodle bowl featuring bean-starch vermicelli in a vegetable soup, will be provided to premier economy- and economy-class passengers on flights linking Japan and U.S. as well as European destinations from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Attending JAL's press conference in Tokyo, Kumamoto Vice Gov. Taisuke Ono said, "We hope that passengers will enjoy Kumamoto's delicious food aboard the flights, helping our home prefecture appeal to the world."