What Airline Has the Best Food?

by Libby Zay 
Posted Mar 4th 2011 11:00 AMUpdated Mar 4th 2011 11:20 AM


Flight search engine Skyscanner pooled passenger's opinions and released a list of the top airlines for in-flight meals, and not a single U.S. airline made the cut.

The carrier that claimed the title for best airline food is Emirates, the national airline of Dubai. In economy class, the airline serves three-course meals that include entrees such as lamb marinated in Arabic spices accompanied by peppers and other veggies. Another popular option is grilled chicken breast with caramelized plums served alongside mashed potatoes.

"Emirates is passionate about providing great in-flight cuisine and we see it as a crucial part of our product offering. Individual menus are carefully planned for each route we serve to ensure we cater for the diverse cultures and preferences of our international customers," Robin Padgett, Emirates' Vice President of Aircraft Catering tells Skyscanner.

"It is particularly rewarding to have received this accolade directly from the most discerning of judges – the traveling public," Padgett adds, referring to the fact that Skyscanner surveyed 1,200 people to compile the rankings.

Six of the top 10 airlines were based in the Middle East and Asia, with Singapore Airlines taking third place, and Qatar, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways and Etihad claiming spots five through eight, respectively.

"It is interesting to see these Middle Eastern and Asian airlines ranking so highly. Airline food is notorious for being bland and perhaps it is the use of these strong eastern flavors and spices that is contributing to their popularity," says Skyscanner Director Barry Smith in a statement.

The other four airlines that made the grade are based in Europe, with Lufthansa securing the runner-up spot and flagship Russian carrier Aeroflot taking fourth place. KLM and Air Frances rounded out the top 10 list.

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I know. Delta changed to that awful world's worst, seattles best. I like the coffee on Continental as well.and Southwest even has better coffee now than Delta

March 07 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Usually all I drink is coffee on a flight. Continental has the best cup by far and Delta did until I flew them last week and they have some bew coffee that actually sucks

March 07 2011 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am always amazed at some of the responses regarding airlines. People in the U S want cheap fares and then bitch about the food and service. If you want a gourmet meal go to an expensive restaurant. Air service is designed to get you from point a to point b.And that may go away with the fuel situation. Then you complainers can really bitch.

March 07 2011 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Thed's comment

Actually the best food on an aircraft is military C-rations. There is no worry about any dislikes of the food offered and who needs someone to serve it to you. By the way, have you ever flown out of the United States? If you haven't, you might check into the procedures required for going through Customs, THS, and Immigration at point A and point B. It will make you wish that you were a Diplomat or someone important because you and your luggage will be poked, prodded, and scrutinized numerous times. Enjoy yourself in chastising those who complain as your post is read as a complaint in itself.

March 08 2011 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard B

Some of the best food I have ever had, was on an airplane, One time, an asian dish, The other was cheese, crackers, and fruit. But I might ad, it was back in the day.

March 07 2011 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lorna Ayeras

Etihad lost my husband's luggage and the airlines couldn't care less. Our inquiries were ignored and totally disregarded. None of our inquiries were ever returned. Nada!!! Lost our trust to fly with them.

March 07 2011 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hands down! Emirates had the best food and entertainment!!!!!!!!!I flew w/them twice from NYC to Ethiopia and I gotta tell ya! It was awesome.

March 07 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In looking at the supplied picture, it shows that those being served in the First Class or Business Class section of this particular aircraft. Why is it that the US is always short changing the public in service and courtesy?

March 07 2011 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Do they serve pork chops on this airline?

March 07 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mad marv

They will also stow your baby in the overhead bin for you at no charge.

March 07 2011 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When I travel overseas, I will always select a foreign airline before ANY American airline, regardless of fare. Not only does the food taste a thousand times better, but the flight attendants are always more courteous, friendly, and dare I say more attractive. If I could fly Singapore, Emirates, ANA, Korean, Cathay, or practically any other 3+ star foreign airline domestically I would.

March 07 2011 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to phen37's comment

Perhaps you don't mind having your taxes raised here in the US to have government supported airlines such as the other countries' flagship carriers you prefer to fly.

March 07 2011 at 10:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply