Which airline has the best food?

Paul has had a gutful of terrible plane food and wants to know if there are any airlines that make it more palatable.


Q. Paul
I know it can’t be easy to prepare meals for a plane-load of people on an international flight, but some of the food I have eaten when I have flown has been downright horrendous. I have had soggy burgers, powdered mash potatoes, and stale rolls, and that was just last year. Which airlines offer the best food choices?

flight attendant serving food

A. Food can be extremely subjective, but your horror experiences are unlikely to please anyone.

There are, however, awards that are handed out for airline catering and these are broken down into the various class categories, with no one airline dominating across all classes.

Singapore Airlines was one of the most consistent last year, finishing second in first class, premium economy and economy class catering and finishing sixth in business class catering.

Air France was rated best first class, All Nippon Airways was voted best business class, Austrian Airlines won best premium economy and EVA Air won best in economy.

Here is the full list for the 2019 awards as voted in the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Best First Class Onboard Catering 2019:
1. Air France
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Etihad Airways
4. ANA All Nippon Airways
5. Oman Air
6. Lufthansa
7. Qatar Airways
8. Emirates
9. Qantas Airways
10. British Airways

Best Business Class Onboard Catering 2019:
1. ANA All Nippon Airways
2. Qatar Airways
3. Hainan Airlines
4. Austrian Airlines
5. Turkish Airlines
6. Singapore Airlines
7. Qantas Airways
8. Oman Air
9. Etihad Airways
10. Emirates

Best Premium Economy Class Airline Catering 2019:
1. Austrian Airlines
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Air New Zealand
4. Virgin Atlantic
5. Aeroflot
6. Air Canada
7. Qantas Airways
8. Azerbaijan Airlines
9. Air France
10. Lufthansa

Best Economy Class Airline Catering 2019:
1. EVA Air
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Japan Airlines
4. Thai Airways
5. Qatar Airways
6. ANA All Nippon Airways
7. Turkish Airlines
8. Qantas Airways
9. Lufthansa
10. Emirates

What are your best and worst airline eating experiences?

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