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Airline With Best Meal Service?  
User currently offlineUNN1011 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

In your opinion, what airline provides the most consistent, unsurpassed in-flight meal service? And on the flipside, those carriers who shouldn't even bother with the effort and cost.

Regards, Unn ./

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User currently offlineYOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3900 times:

Best food: First Air (okay, I'm a little biased since I work for them, but nonetheless 7F's food is fantastic.)

Worst food: I really don't know since I rarely ever get a meal on any other airline anymore. AC is hit and miss though.


User currently offlineMehtabrahman From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3836 times:

My award for the best inflight food has to go to Thai Airways! I have flown some of the best airlines of the world, and Thai wins hand down.

The worst food I have ever had inflight has to be that aboard Gulf Air...its was horrible, and totally inedible!


User currently offlineSN-A330 From Belgium, joined Aug 2001, 1129 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3814 times:

My award for the best inflight food has to go to Thai Airways!

Just stay away from the chicken ! Big grin

Regards, SN-A330



I would rather be flying...
User currently offlineCRFLY From Costa Rica, joined Jan 2004, 197 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3756 times:

Best Airline's wines definetly to LanChile... AWESOME!!! Best Meals, Business Class maybe to BA...


With Age comes Wisdom...
User currently offlineTomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 528 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3681 times:

I'm not sure if this counts, but Jet Blue has sone rather tasty snacks.

 Smile

TF



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User currently offlineUadc8contrail From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1782 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

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User currently offline744 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3642 times:

AIR-INDIA yummmyyyyyyyyyyyyy FOOD!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineKalakaua From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1516 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3615 times:

Check out AQ's! Pictures says a thousand words.

http://www.pbase.com/aqohana/meals&page=all



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3611 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3548 times:

Im my experience it has been Alitalia by a longshot.

User currently offlineSIMPLICITY From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3521 times:

CX and JAL will get my vote for being the consistent performers...

NW is really awful...although they are getting a bit, just a bit better


User currently offlineMEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

The best meal service has to be MEA (Middle East Airlines) of Lebanon! They hand out a menu to all of the passengers, A MENU!!!, and you have a choice of many different types of drinks and entrees. In case your wondering im not talking about first class. This service is for economy class. Now can you imagine what they are doing in first class??? There is always a wonderful smell in the cabin as they prepare the food.

For those of you who know what kinafeh is (a breakfast type pastry), MEA serves the best in the skies, no doubt about it. It even beats out most restaurants in Europe and the Middle East. Its absolutely amazing, and they wont release their secret.

MEA321



MEA321
User currently offlineSIMPLICITY From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

CX and JAL will hand out the menu as well... Laugh out loud

User currently offlineGoose From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 1840 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

Wardair. Steak, wine, and all the trimmings.... in economy class.

Ah, the memories.....



"Talk to me, Goose..."
User currently offlineUA744KSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3391 times:

I totally agree that Thai Airways has the best food! I flew them between Sydney and Auckland in August, and even for a 3 hour flight, the food was outstanding!

I would have to give credit to Alitalia and United as well though. Their food is good too.


User currently offlineSevenair From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 1728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

Despite the fact that it is served by abrupt unnfriendly staff who throw the meal at you. I would have to say UAL. LON-ORD-LON; nice big meal, nasty crews. ORD-LAS-ORD; lovely crew, nice food; basic, served in a lunch box; no frils, no fuss just good tasty food!! And extras on request!

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1985 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3294 times:

Qantas also hands out the menu in Y as well! Qantas/Dragonair also offer ice cream (Dragonair's ice cream is Haagen-Dazs) or ice block (Qantas' ice block is chocolate covered with the vanilla ice cream) after the meals.


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User currently offlineSIMPLICITY From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

CX's ice-cream is also Haagen-Dazs...
and they offer pot noddle as well during snack time...I've got to have one during each flight!!


User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3237 times:

NW is really awful...although they are getting a bit, just a bit better

Are they getting better? Last time I flew them consisted of a lactating flight attendant who went down the aisle and burped "open up!" and sprayed dinner into the faces of the passengers.



In all reality, domestic US coach meals are non-existant for the most part.. it's hard to critique what doesn't exist. Internationally, It's hard to beat the asian carriers.. To pinpoint the "best" is pointless.. meals vary from flight-to-flight and ground catering at different airports across the globe.

It's not like Airlines have kitchens where they have chefs with tall paper hats sauteeing scallions and lobster tails below the terminals of the aiport in which they have service to.

Gategourmet, Skychefs, and a small handful of others provide the meals for countless carriers... not the airline.

This topic should be "Ground Catering Company with the best meal service".

[Edited 2004-01-28 23:57:22]

User currently offlineAviationman From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3214 times:

I strongly agree with YOW. First Air offers the best meals.

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3178 times:

First Air serves caribou? I understand they have some pretty exotic meals, befitting a northern-Canada based airline.


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User currently offlineIBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1831 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3174 times:

Sometimes it doesn´t depend on the airline but on the catering services at a given airport.

I have tried the same menu at the same airline but from different airports...the quality can be completely different from one place to another.



¡¡VIVA ESPAÑA!!
User currently offlineAviationman From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3123 times:

First Air serves Caribou, Arctir Char, Muskox. First Air also serves beef, chicken, pork, pasta, etc... On every flight, there is a choice of: A northern speciality or a more standard "southern" dish (i.e. Chicken Cordon Bleu, Beef Tournedos).

User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days ago) and read 3064 times:

My vote goes to Air france basically because I had a big duck a l'orange dinner. After 12 hrs and several time zones no ones body knows where it is so they gave out a meal that was all fruit. It was hard to tell if it was a breakfast or a dinner. Now that is clever! It was big and delicious.

The worst meals I find are on BA franchise partner routes. Complete muck that belongs to a toilet.



User currently offlineUniTED From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

Within the United States, I'd have to say American or United, for complimentary meals. I still have MENUS from International services of United from 1999 in economy class... there were 3 choices! And they made it sound tasty, too!!! It was tasty and now not nearly as much, but they do still have hot towels, and on flights from Europe, ice cream (that was new after 9/11, I couldn't believe it) All this in COACH!!!

Chris


25 LImamura : I think ANA, JAL, CX all have very tasty food UA on occasion has very good food too.
26 Atwingo : AIR FRANCE of course.
27 PIA777 : Emirates has excellent meal service. PIA777
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