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Airline Food: The Best Food In The World  
User currently offlineUal1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Airline food rocks! I dont see why so many people hate airline food. It taste great. United and Delta have the best food i think. Continental has awful food.

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User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

Wow. Thats amazing. We have some culinary experts here! For God's sake, I could underheat some of the stuff in my freezer in the microwave and it would taste 10 times better than the food on airline A, airline B, airline C, anything. UAL1636, odds are that there is a MickeyDs within walking distance of your house. A Big Mac is like caviar or filet mignon compared to airline food. Wow.

P.S. The cinnamon roll I had on Friday morning, NW401, was pretty good, but Airline food=the best food in the world? Give me a break.


Create your own luck.
User currently offlineUnited#52 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2804 times:

It can be good and bad. When I flew to Denver, we had an omelette which didn't taste too great, and When I flew back, I had chicken strips, a roll, salad, and strawberry cheesecake. It was awesome. United I think has the best.

User currently offlineFlying_higher From France, joined Jun 1999, 77 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2806 times:


Personnaly I think food in planes can be very different according to the countrie's cultures. In Europe Swissair serves very good food (made mainly from biological growth), and Singapore Airlines is also leader (you can choose between Asian or European food).
At Air France, you get free champagne in all classes so it can compense the medium food quality (although it doesn't tast horrible).
I took Delta on a domestic flight: we only got a Sandwich and an Apple served in a small basket! Is this the usual food for a 4 hr flight? (it was 5 years ago)
Even our charter companies make more efforts to serve something hot !

User currently offlineB777captain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2806 times:


In Europe Malev serves the best food, On flights to London they serve warm dinner and fresh rolls (as much as you like) from a basket even in economy, whilest on BA you get somekind of cold fish or meat with a cold roll packed in a plastic bag.

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8414 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

A proper (read: hot) airline meal is the best food in the world. I love the stuff (American readers' confusion is excused). I love the totally unique smell drifting from the galley before the trolleys appear, then unwrapping everything, trying to guess what course it is by the colour (brown and green = main; yellow, pink, any other nusery colour = dessert). I use the sick bag to put all the wrappers in (except one time on NW there was actually a little bit of sick in there, needless to say previously appetising-looking dinner went back untouched). The best airline food I can remember is BA Club World (business class) on a flight from Sydney back to London. You can't say UA, DL, Continental have good food though, cos it's not even real airline food, it's a sandwich. Even Continental, a business airline (and a good one), only ever served me a baguette, even on long domestic flights (EWR - MIA, DFW - EWR). Try any foreign airline to find out how rewarding (albeit a little synthetic) airline catering can be. (There's a McDonalds a few doors down from my flat and I think it's disgusting, by the way - no relation to airline catering at all).

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineNaimas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

Best food I had was on an AA DC10 years ago (early eighties) out of Dallas and we got a crab shell stuffed with crab! It was really excellent.

My worst airline meal was

on Mexican where our return flight out of Mexico to SEA had us being served chicken cordon blue that was RAW in the middle

RAW as in cherry jello raw

That airline is awful. Mexican buses are better

Also remembered a NWA flight with rainbow steak

It was different colors depending on how you held it
(can you say cheap cut?)

User currently offlineGoA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

Most of my transatlantic and far east flights have been on European or Asian airlines. I flew american carriers transatlantic only twice on economy and the food was 5/10....Most of my other flights as I said on European and Asian cairrers have been either on First or Business Class. I dont remember one single BA ClubWorld flight to have what I would call a "very pleasant" dining experience (I would give them a 6/10). It was ok but nothing to be proud of, the same goes for Lufthansa Business Class. I think Singapore & Cathay have the most eatible food (First and Business). I would give them an 8/10. Even Singapore's "short" business class flights (Singapore - Jakarta) have good quality food. Swissair's food is I would say a 7/10 both on intra-european and long flights.
I don't want to comment on US domestic flights all I can tell is that the food (if you get any---I recall 2.5 hrs flights on peanuts on AA or US Airways) gets a 2/10
Nevertheless, A very frequent Singapore Airlines First Class traveller told me the other day that his experience on an Istanbul-JFK Delta BusinessElite has been very pleasant (food and comfort). I am taking the same flight on BusinessElite in mid August , I will tell you guys about it.

User currently offlineAmerican MD-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2798 times:

It sure is the best! I had a Chicken Sandwhich with Honey on it, and it was downright delicious!
I have never had a sandwhich that good in my life. I fly Northwest because they have excellent food in coach. This sandwhich was served on my flight from MSY-DTW. I wish I could eat airline food for supper.

Colin Kumpunen

User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

Oh come on...you can't generalize all airline food into being 'just a baguette' by one or two experiences on CO! UA, AA, and DL have plenty of food on evey flight that I have taken...even short hops like LAX-SEA, DEN-SFO, DFW-ORD, DFW-ATL, etc. I have received a -HOT- meal for every segment.


User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1014 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

My dad worked for AA for 30 years (he retired this year), he was an overhaual mechanic....anyway. We had some free passes on non-rev travel back in 1993 I think. We were lucky enough to fly first class from Tulsa, OK to London-Heathrow. The meals and service were awesome! Going over via ORD on a 767....we got dinner, it started off with an appetizer, some type of quesadilla with duck or something followed by filet mignon, MMMMMMMM, then a rasberry sorbet, later on we got a breakfast with tons of kinds of fruits and juices! I was spoiled! Coming back, on a DC-10.....we had a choice of a lobster tail or salmon and crabmeat, with some kind of chicken appetizer and chocolate cake. 2 summer ago in first class MIA-DFW, I had the BEST chicken caeser salad I have ever had! I was amazed the other day when I checked recents fares on AA.com for that flight, WOW, I didn't know at the time just how expensive international first class is! $4,738 one way!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW


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User currently offlineGoA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Guys I do not want to offend anybody but did you guys take a 45 minutes to 1.30 hr. flight in Europe? If you did or will you will see the difference. There is not a single airline in the US which will serve you a breakfast lunch or dinner on a TRAY composed of usually a salad/cold entree (ham, roast beef, chicken) and a desert in sufficient amount for a short flight. These meals are served on any hour of the day (not like in the US, if you take a 2 hr flight in the afternoon, you are stuck with peanuts!)...whether it is 12.00 or 3pm or 11pm at night....Lufthansa, BA , Swissair are the ones that I take most frequently and their standard is pretty much the same....

User currently offlineJetlag From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

Just wait until the European market is de-regulated. There will definitly be a noticeable difference in service on all of those 'wonderfully customer-oriented' airlines.


User currently offlineGoa340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (16 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

you have a point sir...but than tell me why do I have to pay $1000 from Philadelphia to Chicago if I decide to fly 3 days in advance! I just purchased a ticket for my father who will travel Saturday ATL-LGA on First Class for $1200 round trip! I can fly London-Athens in BA's ClubEurope for $1000 any minute I want and get a 3 hr flight and served a hot meal instead of a snack (that is what DL serves on that route, I took it I know it) If you call deregulation getting a restricted Southwest ticket 15 days in advance for $150 each way, that is not so hard to do....I think deregulation hit the US carriers when it first happened and than passanger got used to the lousy service and nowadays that the fares are not all that cheap, airlines dont even raise the level of service and passengers got used to eat and are satisfied with a sandwich or peanuts!!!....I dont think the European carriers are going to get that bad! I really dont!

User currently offlineUal1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (16 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

For all of you out there that hate airline food. If you hate it so much why do u eat it? If you hate it so much why dont you just get some food in the terminal? All big airports have chain restaurants in em'. Just go get some food in the terminal, most mcdonalds have fast service so you wont have to wait as long. Even the smaller airports without chain restaurants have good food in em'.

User currently offlineJetlag From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (16 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

Goa340-- It's called supply and demand. If the airlines have people who are willing to pay that much for a cramped seat and a bag of peanuts (and most people can put it on their expense account) why not charge them $1000 for 3 days in advance?


User currently offlineMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (16 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 2795 times:

I have flown on Delta and it most certainly hasn't to me seemed to be like the best food of the airlines.. I have every single time had better food on Finnair then on Delta. Of course it is slightly a matter of taste, but overall it shouldn't be too hard to see the difference, which is quite a big one.

User currently offlineMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (16 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Getting food at the terminal instead of eating what they give you on the plane isn't a too good idea probably if the flight is, say, a 10 hour one. You pretty much have to eat what they give you on the plane.

User currently offlineTranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (16 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

To: B777Captain

I also had a great experience on MALEV. I flew in 1992 on MV from Moscow SVO to Budapest on a TU-134B with the glazed radar dome for the navigator. The plane had been complete redone on the inside and was in thew new color scheme. With its 2x2 seating and huge windows it was a wonderful scenic and smooth flight. The food was great in coach, huge tray full of copious amounts of food and yes indeed, the basket of bread was passed around repeatedly. I especially liked the bathrooms on the cleaned and polished TU-134 as they are gigantic and have a little round window in the ceiling to allow natural light in. overall, one of my best airline experience...and on a Russian airliner.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1715 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (16 years 2 months 4 hours ago) and read 2791 times:
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I usually like airline food, but it is getting harder and harder to get nowadays. I just booked a round trip from RIC-CVG-LAX on Delta for April to connect with my flight to Australia. Besides having very little availability this far out for a 25,000 mile frequent flier award, which means out of all the flights I could return on if I was paying, only a redeye was available unless I want to spend double mileage. But the worst part is the lack of meals served. Here is what they offer on these flights:

RIC-CVG: Nothing
CVG-LAX: Snack
LAX-CVG: Nothing
CVG-RIC: Nothing

I assume that the flights that serve nothing at least have drinks and peanuts or pretzels. But shouldn't passengers expect more on a trip from near the east coast to the west? None of these are commuter planes. They are 737-200, 757, 767-300, and MD-88.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offline747 From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (16 years 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

I'm not sure I can agree with that UAL have the best food, but Icelandair and Finnair is pretty good.

User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 32
Reply 21, posted (16 years 2 months ago) and read 2791 times:

I'm sorry but I have to disagree completely with you. The only good food I have had was on Air Canada FRA-YYZ route about a year ago. I just flew on Lufthansa from Toronto to Frankfurt and next time I'll eat at YYZ terminal if I have to fly LH. They served something like chicken on that flight. I found it to be nothing like chicken and got sick afterwards. The breakfast was a bun, maybe 10 days old. I don't know how you can find airline food to be delicious...


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User currently offlineAircanada From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

On my last two flights with Air Canada, I must say that the supper was good. I had chicken covered in tomato sauce. MMMMMMM! On my way back, it was a breakfast flight. YUCK! I had 'eggs' supposedly. They taseted like water. Someone I know is going on a Canada 3000 flight tomorrow. I'll let everyone know how they thought the food was. Overall, I don't know how people can say that airline food is gross!

User currently offlineUAL919 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

Last year I flew from Newark to Amsterdam (round trip) on MartinAir "The Other Dutch Carrier" the food made me very sick for about 2 days. On the way back I was very hungry so I ate a little and a few hours later I had a bad stomach ache. But this year when I flew to London round trip on United the food was great!


User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (16 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

British Airways Club World has the best food I have ever attempted to digest...not over-filling and not trying to either...in fact their long-haul Club World service (frequently fly KUL-LHR) overnight is just about as good as it gets up there...

Cathay Pacific food is pretty good too...on all their Asian routes they always have a local dish and a western one...basic but edible.

Malaysia Airlines has a nice touch of serving their signature dish..'satay' on all flights in Golden Club and First Class...a nice touch.

25 747 : I think eating is one of the best things with air-traelling (what else can you do in an airplane?). I can understand what you're saying about LH. I on
26 Darrell : I have to agree with you. I always look forward to eating airline food whenever I fly. I have know idea why, but for some reason the food always taste
27 Charles802 : Darrell wrote: ------------------------------- I have to agree with you. I always look forward to eating airline food whenever I fly. I have know ide
28 Flytime : Have any of you guys ever flown Middle East Airlines? Their food is excellent, along with their service.I flew Ethiopian in the 1970s, and the food le
29 Post contains images Thai747 : Reading about you guys takling about how good US airlines and European airlines food are.. lets here about Asian Airlines... these are all economy cla
30 Charles802 : YUCK! That cabin looked like a landfill...I would hate to have to be one of the cleaners on that flight!
31 Post contains images Thai747 : Charles 802.. Oh yeah.. there goes all the pizzas tuna salad and fresh fruits... it was kinda fun.. only that the pilot didn't bother to switch on the
32 American_4275 : Actually, there was one time where the airline food was excellent! We went on Austrian Airlines and then for dinner, we had stuffed shells. They were
33 DeltaShuttle : I seriously do not understand how people can say airline food is the best in the world. While I think it is not bad, it is definitely not as good as d
34 Ual1636 : I fly to BKK a lot since i have family there. I usually fly in first or business class on Swissair. The asian food they serve is really good. I usuall
35 Airline2000 : Let me share my experience. Having lived in the air for work and flying around the world regularly, I must admit that the airline with the BEST food i
36 Adam84 : The only decent airline food I have had was A northwest airlines flight, We had Pizza and salad, It was pretty good, except for they had forgotten the
37 Heffer : I love airline food, in fact I could live off the stuff!!!!!!!
38 N777UA : The best airline meal I've ever had was on a United 747-200 from Honolulu to Los Angeles. I was in seat 8D on the upper deck in United Business. It wa
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