by Loren G. Edelstein | September 26, 2018
American Airlines has partnered with Zoës Kitchen to add new, healthy options to its menu of items for sale in the main cabin. Designed in collaboration with Antonio Iocchi, Zoës head chef and vice president of culinary innovation, the new offerings will include items unique to American as well as signature dishes found in Zoës restaurants, which feature freshly made Mediterranean-inspired creations such as signature hummus and The Grüben sandwich. The new items will be available for purchase on most domestic flights longer than three hours beginning Dec. 1. 
"Zoës mission to deliver goodness from the inside out and their 'simple, tasty, fresh' offerings made it an easy decision to partner with the fast, casual, healthy restaurant group," said Janelle Anderson, vice president of global marketing for American Airlines. "Our customers have asked for lighter, tasty food choices. This collaboration with the expert chefs at Zoës provides an innovative, fresh approach to onboard offerings." 
 
"Together with American, we are excited to elevate the inflight dining experience and deliver goodness to millions of customers by offering our chef-inspired menu items, in a fresh, new way," said Kevin Miles, president and chief executive officer of Zoës Kitchen. "Our goal in our restaurants is to provide delicious, wholesome food, inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean, and for our guests to feel good and motivated to live life to the fullest after dining with us." 
 
Among new items launching Dec. 1:
Breakfast Sandwich: Turkey bacon, egg slices and tomato topped with baby arugula on a waffle brioche bun with Calabrian pepper aioli; 
Continental Breakfast Box: Belgian waffle, hazelnut spread and fresh berries; 
The Grüben: Zoës signature sandwich with sliced turkey, Manchego cheese, crunchy Mediterranean slaw and feta spread layered on marble wheat bread, served with a Zoës chocolate chip cookie; 
Chicken Wrap: Grilled chicken wrap with mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, arugula and artichokes, served with a Zoës chocolate chip cookie; and 
Hummus Duo: Zoës signature hummus duo, with Kalamata olives and basil pesto hummus, served with pita bread, cucumber and carrots.
 
Along with the new Zoës options, American will continue to offer its signature fruit and cheese plate and breakfast platter. Throughout 2019, American and Zoës will continue to collaborate and introduce additional items in the main cabin as well as domestic first-class service.