In-flight meals are cold, lifeless pieces of fuel, in general. Unless, of course, you go first class, where the champagne fountains flow and bikini-clad flight attendants roll out filet mignon roasted on a titanium grill. So while the hoity-toity settle into their plushy airline seats and nibble on caviar and crackers, the rest of the population will have to settle for the above photo featuring Japan Airline’s self-dubbed “Air Kentucky” meals.
The collab makes sense, as KFC is extremely popular in Japan and it’s a smart marketing move into the holiday season (the promotion goes from December 1 to February 28). The real fun comes with the new packaging meant to compliment the KFC items. While the folks at Huffpo have deemed the portions featured above “pitifully small — at least by American standards” and the aesthetics of the packing at odds with KFC’s usual “bursts” of “high-contrast color,” we kind of like the subdued look.
It’s an example of what happens when someone with OCD tendencies (me) orchestrates the creation of an airline meal. The clean lines and cool blue color enable you to take your mind off the fact that you’re staring at a rosy-cheeked Colonel Sanders while you munch on your sad chicken drumstick and nibble on your coleslaw during the 14-hour flight in coach. Sigh, just another reason why champagne should be mandatory for every in-flight meal.