In-flight meals are reaching new heights with fancier and tastier menus on these international airlines.
Rubbery chicken and stale sandwich bread are a thing of the past. From Michelin-starred chefs to gourmet catering, plane food has launched into a new culinary realm. These are the best of the best airlines for a delicious in-flight menu.
Every class on an Emirates flight is able to indulge in local, seasonal menu items. First Class may be getting wild Iranian caviar and braised beef served on bone china, but the chef crew doesn’t skimp for Business (try the prawn biryani) or Economy class (smoked tuna or lamb brochette, anyone?) either. The airline has a carefully sourced wine list to accompany each menu, as well.
The other flagship airline carrier of the United Arab Emirates is also lauded for its innovative and delicious menu. A wide selection of meals, vintage wines and hearty portions put these meals at the top of the list. The kitchen staff is recruited from top international restaurants and put though training emphasizing the interplay between wine and food.
Australia’s Qantas partners with an award-winning restaurant in Sydney to bring air travelers the best possible meal. Even in economy class, flyers can choose their meal online beforehand from a selection of items like Wagyu beef, yellow curry barramundi and spiced lamb koftas. Domestic flights enjoy the dining perks as well with a bigger selection and higher quality food.
A groundbreaking airline needs a groundbreaking food service, and Virgin America is pulling that off. Food is no longer served when the crew decides—guests can order on demand from their seat’s touchscreen. And although all the meals are sourced locally and farmer fresh, first class passengers get the best of the best: coq au vin, braised short rib, bibimbap and more.
Meals on these flights are dedicated to honoring the regions to which the airline flies, taking into consideration season, culinary influences and the beauty of nature. Menus are tailored to the whims of the chefs (who hail from eight different countries) and three wine consultants are on hand to pick the best pairing. On top of all that, Singapore Airlines has an extensive special meal menu for dietary restrictions and a robust children’s menu.
Passengers on Air France flights are offered a selection of five menus: the menu of the day, the ocean menu (seafood and vegetables), the Italia menu (a medley of Italian tastes), the une sélection LENÔTRE menu (a handcrafted meal by chefs at a prestigious French restaurant) and the tradition menu (traditional favorites of French cuisine). And that’s just the economy class!