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Airline With The Best/Worst In-flight Catering?  
User currently offlineJohnnie From Portugal, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4612 times:

The questions says it all. Which airline do you think has the best/highest quality of food served on-board? Conversely, which carrier serves the worst food ever consumed by a passenger?

32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineL'Espace180 From Germany, joined Sep 2000, 940 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4498 times:

Air France is defenitly the best airline for cartering. Quite normal, as food is where France has always been the best !!!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineArgento From Argentina, joined Feb 2000, 230 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4495 times:

I really consider Lufthansa as one of the best inflight catering on international flights.
Varig was really not good,specially departing GRU to international destinations.Not doubt the worst bread on board(Coach).

User currently offlineJohnnie From Portugal, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4469 times:

Airlines with the BEST food I enjoyed in-flight:
1. Wardair Canada (aaah, that Filet Mignon!!)
2. Finnair (EXCELLENT cuisine)
3. Singapore Airlines (Superb)

And, the WORST food I ever digested in-flight was with:
1. Eastern Airlines (food so bad it's beyond description).
2. American Airlines ("Something Sh_ _ _ _ in the Air")
3. Mexicana (Montezumas revenge, anyone?).

User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1536 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

I like Virgin Atlantic's food. Salad is always fresh, and the food just, well it looks and tastes like the airline actually cares. I've had awful meals - ex) British Airways, Continental. So my vote goes to VS.

Work Hard. Fly Right. Continental Airlines
User currently offlineIronminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4420 times:

Qantas does a pretty good job with their long-haul economy class food; portions bigger than one would expect and, amazingly, with more taste and texture than shirt cardboard!

User currently offlineN17085 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4416 times:


User currently offlineSpeedbird092 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4401 times:

Best Catering I Experienced -> KLM, Air France

I've heard of bad catering at Lufthansa from relatives that have flown it but it surprises me so i don't know if this was just an isolated case......

User currently offlineDjcrooks From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4388 times:

This really depends on the class of service. The best overall I have had is CX in business (never done CX in first). AA has decent food in coach on international flights, and really good in business and first (including caviar & lobster in first). Their domestic coach food is not so good, and actually all but disappearing as of today! Worst airline food I've ever had - Sabena.

User currently offlineOPTIPLEX2001 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4377 times:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines had a real good dinner (pasta, Atlanta/Hartsfield - Amsterdam/Schipol). But their breakfast was horrible! Soggy eggs, burnt ham...yuck!

I'm kind of a sucker for Continental's cold chicken sandwhich...don't ask, LOL

User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4378 times:

For domestic in US, i like America West, espescially in first!

Come fly with US
User currently offlineCaptainAD From United States of America, joined May 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

LH really is not very good, nor is BA. I've always had good food on UAL International. But you know, it all depends on the menu for that particular month and route.

User currently offlineLowsonboy From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 275 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

Best I think I've ever had (having always travelled in economy) was on Qatar Airways. Virgin was pretty good as well.
Some of the charters I've been on, well the less said the better...

User currently offlineCoyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 480 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Good: BA, Virgin, Mexicana, Air Jamaica, Lauda, Emirates, American in First Class, Air France

Bad: Delta, Lufthansa, American in Coach

User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4341 times:


Best: Ansett Australia (both busniess & economy)
Worst: Tower Air (smelled like pet food, looked like pet food)


Best: Ansett Australia (both business & economy)
Worst: Northwest



User currently offline9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4337 times:

I've not flwon on that many airlines.

I think SQ provides wonderful food.Also CX as maybe the food suits me.Just like people said, comparing with Qantas and Ansetts catering on domestic routes, Qantas has made me dissapointed, with Ansett suprising me!

Best Regards

User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 459 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4327 times:

Don't forget THAI and their Thai food.

Meals in economy class is pretty good. It is even better in business and first class with some exotic THAI snacks and cuisine.

User currently offlineRailmatt From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 7 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4303 times:

The worst meal is no meal!

User currently offlineTimdapup22 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 7 months 20 hours ago) and read 4283 times:

Best: Qantas/Air New Zealand Worst: Canada 3000.. (flt 780) - 3 meals tho. Snack - cheese sandwich - the smell was awful, the ppl in the rows near me didnt eat.Dinner - Beef Stew.. reminded me of cat food.Breakfast- Sandwich with eggplant and pickle, served warm and soggy.staff were nice tho.. brought my own Jam Donuts which an attendant laughed and said she was jealous.Should be noted - this was for ADL-HNL on both airlines. price USD:QF/NZ= $9002T (Canada3000) = $400 Get what ya pay for.

User currently offlineEal401 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (14 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

KLM Business Class is good, I had a great Indonesian meal AMS-ALA!

KLM uk MAN-AMS was shite, which is in keeping with the airline and service! A bacon, cheese and tomato roll nuked out of existence.

UAL Economy was good SFO-LHR.

bmi shuttle LHR-MAN is good, in the afternoon, you get a proper English cream tea! By contrast, BA LGW-MAN just chuck out a sandwich in a box, again a reflection of their opinion of their passengers!

User currently offlineJohnnie From Portugal, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 4240 times:

EAL401 Raised a very good point, and I concur. The quality of in-flight catering and overall service does indeed reflect the overall opinion carriers have of their passengers. I am still disgusted by the fact that American Airlines, and I believe, United, have cut out all meal service on flights 3hours or less. Mind you, with the questionable quality of food they served to begin with, perhaps this is a good thing for the passengers.

I still shudder when I remember the contents of the American Airlines "Bistro Bag" I picked up at the departure gate before boarding my DFW-ORD flight
2 years ago. A stale ham sandwich (the bun was so hard I could knock it against my meal tray) A stale chocolate chip cookie, a half-rotten apple, and a warm
small bottled water. Classy, very classy.

User currently offlineCarmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 4230 times:

Singapore Airlines and Thai. Singapore Airlines because of the effort the international culinary panel actually creates dishes for all three classes. Great effort and great food.

Thai because for some strange reason or another, they love serving pomelo, which is a tropical fruit especially prevalent in Thailand. I love the fruit, which is why i love the food on Thai.

User currently offline777-500ER From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 487 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (14 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 4221 times:

Best: AF, UA, BA

Worst: LH

User currently offlineVermeer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 447 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (14 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

I fly mostly long haul...

LH has excellent food in business with a series of special menus executed by the most famous chefs in the world ( outbound from Germany) that is really exceptional in quality and creativity ( tuna sashimi with chutney as appetizer for example).
Their first is awesome with a DOUBLE round of severuga caviar with blinis and at least 4 condiments ( their amouse bouche appetizers are VERY yummy).
The wine selection by world champion Marcus Del Monego is stunninf considering the pressurization of the cabin and the flight attendants are trained in the wines selection and when you are not sure of what you would like they let you try all of them  Smile/happy/getting dizzy 35.000 feet degustations!!!( although also Finnair in biz has a great cellar, multiawarded).

Other great food was with CX in biz ( I love that they serve from the cart and you can actually see what the offers are) and then canapes and the first class style personalized catering is super.

Sabena to US was ( for the three times I tried it) surprisingly good. They work with young and promising chefs and they were very creative. The catering from US to Europe is generally of inferior quality due to the lest skilled chefs ( I have heard this also from one of the exec managers of LSG that was flying sitting close to me on a leg from JFK to FRA).

I was pleasantly surprised by UA to Portorico last february in economy when I was offered two choices of hot breakfast in economy and it was tasty and quite good.

Love the Do&Co catering of Lauda ( especially their Sacher torte!)

Scandinavian always treats me with fresh salmon with dill and northern delicacies...

SAA: great food ( especially their game) and cool desserts

the worst:
all those little "sky deli" or whatever name they are called...the carrot and dip and other mystery food of AA,DL, CO domestic...

I LOVE food!!!!! Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (14 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

Air India used to be crap, the airhostesses are upper cast ladies and they don´t what service is! Only flew
once with them Frankfurt-Oz return and on the
way back, I brought my own peanuts and beer. Some
Indian passenger told me to ask the airhostesses for it,
but I refused, they where not intrested in selling anything...

25 Banco : Don't you think a lot of it depends on the caterers used? And quite often many of the airlines use the same caterers. Furthermore, if you fly out of a
26 AirNewZealand : hmmm....Best...AirNZ and KoreanAir....pipimbap...Absolutely yummy!! Worst...Dont know!...Well Air Pacific was lousy!! Cheers mikey
27 Greg : Best Biz Class Meals: British Airways United Singapore Airlines Worst Biz Class Meals: Alitalia SAS
28 Travatl : People buy transportation, not food. Travis
30 RJ_Delta : Hi: Best: Delta, Lan Chile, Lan Peru, Avianca. Worst: American (domestic flights), Aero Continente. RJ_Delta.
31 EIPremier : I don't fly on many flights long enough to offer meal service, but any meal I've had on Alaska Airlines has been quite palatable, which apparently is
32 Milldoh : Excellent: Midwest Express Ok: Continental, Delta and most others
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