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Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 08, 1999 1:12 pm

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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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 08, 1999 1:22 pm

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.

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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 08, 1999 1:51 pm

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.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 08, 1999 2:11 pm

Hello,

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 !
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In Europe

Thu Jul 08, 1999 7:52 pm

Hello,

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.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 08, 1999 8:10 pm

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).
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 08, 1999 10:10 pm

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?)
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Fri Jul 09, 1999 2:42 am

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.
 
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It Is The Best!

Fri Jul 09, 1999 3:18 am

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.

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Cedarjet

Fri Jul 09, 1999 3:34 am

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.

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RE: Airline Food: AA First Class!

Fri Jul 09, 1999 3:38 am

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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Try Europe And You Will See The Difference

Fri Jul 09, 1999 4:41 am

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....
 
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RE: Try Europe And You Will See The Difference

Fri Jul 09, 1999 5:17 am

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.

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Jetlag

Fri Jul 09, 1999 5:38 am

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!
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Fri Jul 09, 1999 9:52 am

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'.
 
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Goa340

Sat Jul 10, 1999 1:43 am

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?

Jetlag
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Sat Jul 10, 1999 1:58 am

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.
 
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RE: Ual1636

Sat Jul 10, 1999 2:04 am

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.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Sat Jul 10, 1999 2:21 am

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.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Sat Jul 10, 1999 5:00 am

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.

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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Sat Jul 10, 1999 6:58 am

I'm not sure I can agree with that UAL have the best food, but Icelandair and Finnair is pretty good.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Sat Jul 10, 1999 8:19 am

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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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Wed Jul 14, 1999 4:58 am

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!
 
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Wed Jul 14, 1999 5:14 am

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! -UAL919
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Jul 15, 1999 6:25 am

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.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Mon Jul 19, 1999 4:55 am

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 once put out a question on another forum where I asked for the best and worse airline. LH was a suggestion for one of the worst with the lines;
Ordung muss sein!
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Mon Jul 19, 1999 5:39 am

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 tastes great at 30,000 feet. It must be that little plate it comes on and the fact that you have to fold down the tray in front of you. Any way, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have the best airline food...Starbucks coffee and great Northwest wines!!! mmm mmm good!!!
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Mon Jul 19, 1999 7:25 am



Darrell wrote:
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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 tastes great at 30,000 feet. It must be that little plate it comes on and the fact that you have to fold down the tray in front of you. Any way, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have the best airline food...Starbucks coffee and great Northwest wines!!! mmm mmm good!!!

I agree. The wine selection, as well as the meals are above average---especially considering how short some of those flights are. I don't discuss it, but I usually try to book meal flights. Not only do you get something to calm (well sometimes upset) your stomach, but meal flights always get more F/A service in general. The sandwhichs and salads they serve are way above average, and typically come with big chocolate cookies. The breakfasts are great too. I have only once come across a snack I didn't like. It was some pumpkin scone, and it was just about the worst thing I've ever tasted. I hope they don't serve that any more. When I flew first class to Anchorage, they served a delicious linguine in alfredo, with smoked salmon and asparagus. They also had great apple pie, and a nice salad. I would have been hard pressed to get a meal this good in a nice restaurant.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Mon Jul 19, 1999 7:29 am

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 leaves a lasting memory with me. I have yet to taste anything so disgusting since, and I hope never to again. The chicken was frozen inside, the vegetables were made of plastic and the soup looked like urine and tasted like vinegar. I do hope they have improved since then.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Mon Aug 09, 1999 4:52 pm

Reading about you guys takling about how good US airlines and European airlines food are.. lets here about Asian Airlines... these are all economy class personal experiences from my friends or me

Thai ( BKK - SEL ) : 2 choices b/w a hot thai meal and classic western meals.. with appetizer of Smoked Salmon.. Hot Chicken Curry on nice rice... or pepper steak!!! WoW

CX ( BKK - HKG - AMS ) : Well.. maybe the food aren't that great on economy class... but they served Haagen Daaz Icecream and Sandwiches as SNACKS throughout the flight the breakfast was OK

Singapore ( BKK - SIN ) : Beef Curry on Rice with bread rolls and blueberry cheesecakes =) yum

Malaysia ( BKK - KUL ) : On the way there.. spicy yellow rice with chicken curry.. , half frozen Crab-Stick Salad.. Coconut Pie ... on the way back.. Chicken Pizza.. Tuna Salad and Fresh Fruits .. but it was a turbulant flight.. the results can be seen below :

if doesn't work then go here : http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Lagoon/7276/mhair.jpg
I'm on this flight my self

Angel Airlines 8G ( BKK - HKT ) : It was a domestic flight a little more than an hour and they were serving hotmeals , I can't remember it was rice with some curry.. really nice.. with the best chocolate cake I've ever tasted

Now!! Change your mind for some Asian Airlines
 
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RE: Turbulence/Thai747

Mon Aug 09, 1999 8:51 pm

YUCK! That cabin looked like a landfill...I would hate to have to be one of the cleaners on that flight!
 
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RE: Turbulence/Thai747

Mon Aug 09, 1999 8:54 pm

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 Seatbelt light... and a wound on my head   poor cleaners for MH785 heheh
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Tue Aug 10, 1999 1:00 am

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 delicious. But as usual, I HATE the desert. So i didnt eat that.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Tue Aug 10, 1999 5:50 am

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 dinner at a fine dining establishment on the ground.
 
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Asian Airline Food

Tue Aug 10, 1999 9:38 am

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 usually have some rice or noodles. This is one exception to when i dont like airline food as much as regular food. When im in thailand i have rice or noodles everyday and that taste a lot better than the asian food on SR. But the sandwiches on SR are good.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In Europe

Tue Aug 10, 1999 5:50 pm

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 is undisputedly "CATHAY PACIFIC".

The second price goes to Singapore Airlines. The asian airline really know what it means to serve a proper meal on board. Providing service is second to none. Well done Cathay Pacific - keep up the great work!
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Tue Aug 10, 1999 8:35 pm

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 forks so we had to eat with our hands, The pizza was good, except by the time it had gotten to me it was already almost cold, and northwests "a la cart" breakfast was alright, except for everything was practically frozen, even the bananna.
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Wed Aug 11, 1999 10:47 am

I love airline food, in fact I could live off the stuff!!!!!!!
 
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RE: Airline Food: The Best Food In The World

Thu Aug 12, 1999 3:36 am

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 was a huge chicken breast with a macadamia nut crust, Kona roasted vegetables, rice, and Eli's Sunrise cheesecake. United has gotten 400% better with their service, meals, and planes.

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