The Real Look Of Airplane Food

Airplane food has become synonymous with terrible taste and quality, and there is a scientific reason for it. The dry air in planes is responsible for food drying out! This means our senses of smell and taste plummet by 20%. We went on a mission to compare some of the airline meals, and we were surprised by some of them rather pleasantly. Enter a Hello Kitty themed dinner miles up in the sky!

Delta 

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A study from 2019 concluded that Delta has one of the healthiest meals offered in the sky, and by the looks of this dinner meal, we have to agree. The chicken breast looks deliciously juicy and is accompanied by the much-needed greens and a dose of good old clean carbs. 

Aeroflot

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It looks like Aeroflot bets on carbs! The more the better is their motto, so you will likely get a whole lot of bread and buns to accompany your main meal of, you guessed it, more carbs. There is a side of salad, however, so at least the airline is attempting to inject some vitamins into its customers.

KLM

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A first-class meal on board can cost catering companies up to $100, whereas an economy-class one only $4. The difference definitely shows in this KLM in-flight meal. Offering a fresh and filling looking salad, accompanied by various condiments and a tasty dessert in a cup, this first-class meal is worth the money!

Aeromexico

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Don’t go hoping for some local Mexican fare on your Aeromexico flight! No tacos in the house, instead, you will get a weird mixture of a croissant, an apple, a yogurt, and a main meal of croquette with potatoes, and two pieces of overcooked broccoli. It’s an international mix of cuisines!

Air Asia

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Air Asia isn’t too keen on offering traditional Asian food either. What you might get instead is a meal of Italian lasagne, topped with a few veggies for color and nutrition, and as a dessert, you can enjoy a prepackaged muffin. Not ideal, but it looks pretty filling for a long flight.

Air Japan

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Finally, an airline that embraces its origin! Air Japan will serve you an undoubtedly Japanese looking and tasting meal, and it looks nothing like the airline meals we are used to. Nine whole compartments filled with various foods that all look delicious are complemented by a large cup of hot miso soup. This might be one of the best onboard meals we have ever seen!

Bangkok Airlines

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Not much to see on the Bangkok Airlines economy lunch menu. A very un-Bangkoky croissant, filled with salad, ham, and cheese is all you get, but we have to admit it looks surprisingly fresh and tasty. In the era of pre-packaged pastries, this is a welcome treat. Well done Bangkok Airlines!

Finnair 

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Business-class has its perks, and meals like these are one of them. Complete with a small bottle of champagne, and featuring a decadent looking meal of meat, sauce, potatoes, and a traditional Finnish appetizer, this in-flight menu is surely worth the money. Having this feast high up in the sky must be quite an experience!

Spice Jet India

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If you are flying on an Indian airline, spicy food should be a given. And clearly, it is! Spice Jet India will offer you a red, hot, and spicy meal of curry to make you feel like you are on Indian soil, even if high up in the sky, and we definitely condone this kind of menu. Just be careful about the chili peppers.

Swiss Airlines

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If Switzerland is known for something, it is the high standard and quality of everything they do. Their business class meals are no surprise, and what you can expect to get as a dinner looks like something out of a five-star restaurant. The plating leaves nothing to be desired either!

Turkish Airlines

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Turkish Airlines serve some of the best food in the sky, and this meal is visual proof of that. Plenty of grilled veggies, lean meat, carbs, and obligatory dessert, are all offered in the regular economy menu, and it looks like we could have a pretty tasty and filling meal out of this. 

Air Berlin

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It’s hard not to talk about the elephant in the room here! Flying with Air Berlin seems to get you a massive piece of pretzel baguette, and even though there can never be too many carbs, this might just get dangerously close to the limit. Not to mention, this is the business class menu!

Air Dolomiti

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If you find yourself flying on Air Dolomiti, and you are in Economy Class, you can expect a similar arrangement of food on your tray. The plating is stylish, and it stays away from the generally bleak white plastic, while the food looks surprisingly delicious. Who wouldn't want to munch on cured hams, cheese, and fresh fruits, overlooking the majestic landscape below?!

Air France

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France is known for its cuisine, so you would expect the French airlines to keep up with its country’s reputation. And they seem to do just that! This menu looks great, filling, and more like something from a restaurant than anything else. The big brick of blue cheese as a side brings the whole French experience nicely together!

Air Tahiti Nui

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The freshness of food in Tahiti is amazing, and the Tahiti Nui airlines are trying to bring a little bit of it onboard as well. The main course consists of tasty-looking salmon, but the salad is what steals the show. Eating shrimps this high up in the sky doesn’t happen often, especially if you are flying Economy Class.

Alaska Airlines

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This meal comes as a pre-order option on Alaska Airlines, and to be honest, we have seen worse. You get an amazing looking salad with lots of protein and nuts, and as a main meal, a collection of random food items such as a hard-boiled egg, raw carrot, and an unidentifiable bread roll. Somehow, it ends up looking appetizing.

Alitalia

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Alitalia made headlines when they partnered with the gourmet Italian Eataly, and it seems like the airline really does care about giving its customers a taste of the true Italian cuisine. This meal of fresh ravioli with tomato sauce is simply a feast for the eyes, and the Tiramisu for dessert just completes the gourmet airplane experience.

Condor

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Now that’s what we call a delicious looking meal! Condor went all out with this one and offered passengers a huge dish of multiple sausages, bacon, and potatoes, which might just get everyone in a food coma for a few hours. The best way to spend a long flight if you ask us!

Croatia Airlines

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Croatia Airlines are not about skimping on food items it seems. This meal looks diverse, healthy, and very filling. Passengers get a fruit salad, a tuna salad, a muesli bowl, a yogurt drink, and a few pastries to top it all off, and we must admit, it looks like a great breakfast deal high up in the sky.

Easyjet

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Not that anyone would expect much from on-order Easyjet food, but this meal is pretty bad either way. Highly processed food wrapped in plastic which is meant to keep it fresher for longer is what is on offer, along with unhealthy snacks, and we can’t help but wonder how starving some passengers must be in order to eat this.

Indigo Airlines

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Indigo Airlines went for a rather minimalistic look for their in-flight meal, and it is quite interesting. Two pastries served as the main meal, with roasted cashews and cookies as a side, don’t really seem like enough to feed an adult, but Indigo gets extra points for the design and presentation. 

Japan Airlines

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From time to time, airlines will do a collaboration with a food chain or restaurant, and this time, Japan went for KFC. Expect crispy chicken, miles up in the sky, which to be honest, doesn’t sound so bad at all. Add a little bit of salad as a healthy side, and we are totally sold! Good job!

Malaysia Airlines

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Getting offered some juicy skewers dipped in sauce sounds more like something you would get in a high-class restaurant, but on a Malaysia Airlines plane, this is what passengers can enjoy. Granted, it is an experience reserved for business class, as the side of champagne suggests, but it still is a nice gourmet touch nonetheless.

Monarch Airlines

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This meal seems rather mysterious. There is plenty of sauce all over it, some potatoes, potentially some meat, and big bloated pitta bread in the middle of it. Not exactly appetizing, but at least you will have space for dessert which is cinnamon pudding. You can’t go wrong with that!

Peach Japan

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Peach Japan was doing a great job when it comes to its main dishes served to passengers. One sushi plate, and one roasted duck plate with salad, seem like the perfect filling meal on board, but the oddly looking side ruins it all. Is this a piece of baguette? Is it cured meat? No one knows, and maybe it’s for the better.

Scoot Airlines

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This pre-order meal onboard of a Scoot Airlines flight looks rather discouraging. An overcooked pasta meal topped with a small bit of what looks like tomato sauce is supposed to be the star of the show, but we would much rather just eat the waffle which comes as a dessert with the dish. 

TAP Airlines

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This wonderful tray of food served on board of a TAP Airlines flight is quite the sight. A fresh-looking bun is accompanied by a selection of salami and cheese, as well as a little jam, and a cooked pear is for dessert. Breakfast food has looked worse in the sky, and this meal definitely tops any cafeteria in the city.

Tarom Airlines

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What’s not to love about this food service? Tarom Airlines brought out a delicious looking meal of egg noodles with meat and bok choy and offered a small bowl of yogurt and muesli as a healthy dessert. The breads do look a bit off-putting, but it’s unlikely you will even have to eat them, considering the decent size of the main dish.

Thai Airways

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Thai Airways just raised the bar of all airplane food with this meal! A smoked salmon salad is served as a starter, followed by juicy buckwheat noodles with meat, sauce, and veggies, and the tray is complete with a baked dessert. It’s rare that food looks this fresh and appetizing onboard!

Aegean

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The economy meal by Aegean doesn’t look like much, but we do appreciate the Greek touch of including a traditional yogurt to the menu. Aside from that, it all looks pretty bland, and the main course, which resembles some sort of filled pastry, doesn’t even look that fresh. Not the best-looking meal in the sky we suppose.

Eva Air

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Hands down the most creative meal in the sky, the Eva Air Hello Kitty themed menu caters to the child in each and every one of us. Not only are the cutlery, napkins, cups, and trey, matched to the theme beautifully, the food looks delicious too. Sign us up for this meal any day!

Ukraine International Airlines

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It’s tricky serving food with sauce on an airplane. All you need is a little bit of turbulence, and the passengers’ meals end up looking like this mess. This trey is canteen food at its worst, so it’s better you bring your own nourishment onboard Ukraine Airlines. If you are very hungry, however, nothing is inedible.

Airplane meals do have a bad reputation, but chefs in the $6 billion airline catering industry are trying their best to up their game each year. For this reason, the meals are getting healthier, and more creative. What the future has in store for in-flight catering is a mystery, but we sure do hope it’s a good one!

Sources: VoxThe Points GuyThe AtlanticNewswise, Inflight FeedThe Daily MailThe GuardianGr8nessThe IndependentWorld Airline AwardsScandinavian Traveler

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