DAVAO’s very own Malagos Chocolate is set to fly, figuratively, and literally, with Air Asia as the airline launched on Thursday night, April 5, its newest addition to the Santan in-flight meal menu -- the Roasted Dalandan Chicken with pimiento sauce infused with Malagos chocolate.

The in-flight meal, which will be available starting April 12, is a partnership between AirAsia and Malagos Agri Ventures in collaboration with celebrity Chef JP Anglo.

“AirAsia is a sociable and innovative brand we take pride of our collaborative nature. There is so much talent and unique products in the Philippines especially in Davao that deserve the world’s attention and it brings us so much pride that we are with Chef JP, Malagos Chocolates and social entrepreneurs who all value a strong, innovative service culture – which is also the hallmark of AirAsia’s brand of service,” AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said.

Chef JP shared that he is beyond happy and excited to share his first dish especially made for an airline featuring Filipino home grown products.

Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation sales and marketing head Rex Victor Puentespina said this partnership will place all Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the spotlight while simultaneously promoting inclusive growth and sustainability in the country, a perfect example of supporting countryside development.

Representing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Davao City councilor Al Ryan Alejandre said that the new product only affirms the increasing potential and popularity of Davao’s chocolate.

“We consider this as a boost in the tourism and economic potential of Davao City,” the councilor quoted Duterte-Carpio.

Aside from Santan hot meals, which include Asean favorites like Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Thai Green Curry, AirAsia is also supporting social entrepreneurs from Manila, Davao, and Cebu by selling their hand-woven items and natural food products on all AirAsia flights across 180 destinations in the whole of Asean, Asia, Australia, Middle East, China, and US.

AirAsia guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to save up to 20% as compared to purchasing their meals on board, with a guarantee that their preferred meals are available during their flights. Guests who have booked their flights without meals, meanwhile, can easily add them in via the “Manage My Booking” option after logging in to www.airasia.com.

“We value customer experience at all points of the journey – from the purchase of the ticket to leaving the airport, on board, and onto the destination. This latest enhancement in our in-flight menu makes flying with us also a delightful dining experience,” Comendador shared.

AirAsia’s newest in-flight hot meals and merchandise are available on all AirAsia domestic and international flights in the Philippines with Z2 flight code.