There are some topics that come up repeatedly in the tiny corner of the world that Fly&Dine occupies. One of them is why airline food tastes so bad. Another is about who has the best airline food in the whole wide world. They both make sense, based on what internet readers gravitate towards. Explanations of life’s little foibles garner lots of attention (6 Reasons Why Your Hands Get Dry!) and lists of things that people care about do equally well (The 11 Worst Breakfast Cereals in Eastern Europe!).
Ranking the food of an airline is a perfect way to get readers and that’s why you see it everywhere. Everyone from Saveur to seat-finding utility SeatGuru has gotten in on the action. Now, the San Jose Mercury News — that bastion of international travel content — has published their rankings (which are actually just republished from theluxurytravelexpert.com). So which airlines have the best food (according to some schlub somewhere…)? Here’s the list:
1. Austrian Airlines
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Qatar Airways
4. Turkish Airlines
5. Air France
6. Cathay Pacific
7. Etihad Airways
8. Air New Zealand
9. Swiss International Air Lines
10. Emirates airline
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While Emirates, Turkish, and Qatar all make both lists, Ethiopian (?!?) and Korean are definitely outliers. In fact, I’ve never heard anyone rave about anything on Ethiopian Airlines. Heck, I’ve never heard anyone say they’ve flown Ethiopian.
The lists are interesting in that I would have expected a much heavier focus on the Asian and Middle Eastern airlines, but European carriers seem to have really impressed the list-makers. I’ve flown on Air France and while I really did enjoy the meal in business, I wouldn’t classify it as one of the best in the world.
What do you think of these lists? What’s your favorite airline in terms of food? If we get enough responses in the comments, I’ll put together a list of Fly&Dine’s Top Airlines for Food.