When thinking of airplane food, our first thought tends to be “ugh, I’ll eat when I get off the plane.” Plane conditions are not very conducive to tasty food. This is generally because plane air tends to be pretty dry, hence the often chewy or stale dishes. However, it’s not always the case. There are certain airlines out there that make some really top-notch food.
They season and cook their meals with care, store them correctly, and even have some pretty impressive chefs behind the scenes. Airlines like KLM, Air Japan and some that you probably have never heard of are famous for their in-flight dishes. Take a look at some of these tantalizing meals in the sky.
As we have seen, many airlines might accommodate passengers around the world with nontraditional foods, but Air Japan is one of the few that embrace their cuisine. Their inflight meal consists of various tantalizing Japanese foods.
Their dish is made up of nine compartments each filled with delicious delicacies. You also get a hot cup of miso soup on the side.
It's not all salty snacks on this transcontinental flight. JetBlue offers a substantial salad made up of cannellini beans, rice, asparagus. A juicy piece of steak with cream spinach is not too shabby either.
Enjoy the ride from Boston to San Francisco with this reasonably healthy dish,
Turkish Airlines is known for having the most delicious meals in the sky, not only that, but they are also super healthy. Expect scrumptious grilled vegetables, chicken breast, a puffy bun on the side, and a delicious dessert.
It's also nice to know that his is a pretty standard dish on the economy flight. Just imagine what you get on business or first class.
Air Asia clearly isn’t too enthusiastic about traditional Asian food either. What you might get instead is a meal made up 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.
According to a 2019 study, Delta Airlines was considered to be the airline with the healthiest food in the sky. Their signature chicken breast, lightly marinated and served with rice and greens is certainly a top choice for healthy and tasty meals (on and off planes!)
It looks wonderfully tender and delicious. Perhaps Delta should branch out and open a restaurant chain!
Spice Jet India
It's in the name, so don't be surprised when you awaken to discover a bowl of hot chill peppers and lentils on your tray. This is the way to go when you're on a flight with Spice Jet India.
Their dishes come standard with traditional spicy curry so you can feel like you're already on Indian soil. It's delicious no doubt but just watch for those peppers.
Air Canada's business class menus are developed by Canadian chef David Hawksworth changes on a seasonal basis. They are fishes that are inspired by international cuisine and include dishes like lobster salad, beef tenderloin, and barbecue salmon.
Swing back a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne selected by famous sommelier Véronique Rivest.
In a Finnair business class meal, you can expect the finest foods this Scandinavian airline has to offer. Marinated tender meat, sauce, potatoes, and topped off with a slice of cake and a mini-bottle of champagne.
If you're hitting the skies, this is how you need to be dining. Talk about business class perks.
It may be first-class, and it may be quite pricey, but this KLM meal is worth every penny. Their wholesome, fresh, and incredibly satisfying salads will have you asking for seconds or thirds.
Accompanied by a plethora of tiny tasty condiments, not to mention the sweet little dessert at the end, this is one of KLM's finest features.
Another very 'global dish', on Bangkok Airlines, their economy lunch consists of a croissant sandwich made up of ham and cheese. In an age of packaged and processed pastries, a fresh croissant is always a nice little treat.
Good for Bangkok Airlines for keeping it fresh and simple. The hot dishes can get a little heavy sometimes and not everyone can stomach spicy Thai food.
Time and time again Japan outdoes itself when it comes to food. One plate for sushi, and one for roasted duck. I smell seconds!
Unfortunately, the side dish sort of ruins the whole thing. It's not clear what that is.
While health is certainly worth a lot (especially on a long-distance flight), yummy and comforting carbs are always a good alternative. On Aeroflot, a Russian airline, they love bread, pastries, and pasta!
Don't worry. You will get a little salad at least to balance things out.
Nothing like heavenly Greek yogurt. The Aegean in-flight dish may look a little bland but that is one sweet little pastry.
This is an economy class dish so you can't expect the works. Not the prettiest meal out there but good enough for us.
With toasters, skillets, and rice cookers onboard, Cathay Pacific is all about freshly prepared food. Passengers can have their eggs, toast, or rice cooked to perfection and all is prepared by a carefully selected culinary team.
The airline does not shy away from traditional Chinese food and embraces Hong Kong-style slow-cooked ports and wok-fried chicken. Both dishes are heavenly.
Air New Zealand
The red wine braised beef served with polenta is simply an Air New Zealand treat. Served with blue cheese and green beans, this Chef Peter Gordon creation is perfect for the sky.
No wonder this chef has top restaurants in both Auckland and London. Also, it's as tasty as it is filling.
No one knows more about cuisine than the French. Their dishes will have you feeling that you're already on French soil in some gourmet eatery. Their sky food is not only incredibly tasty but also perfectly filling.
They don't shy away from blue cheese either. It makes one wonder about the potential stink, but at least everyone is in it together.
This inflight meal looks more like something that would be served at a topnotch restaurant. Hawaiian Airlines put away the tropical fruits on this one and brought out the big guns. We're talking juicy beef strips and pasta al dente.
This meal looks simply delicious and certainly a great way to welcome foreign guests to a new country, Hawaii knows how to entertain, that's for sure.
This Singapore based airline serves food that unfortunately is not as tasty as its competitors. The pasta is a little overcooked and is actually served with a very strange-looking tomato sauce.
At least they have a chocolate waffle snack for dessert. It's a packaged snack that you can get in the store, yes, but it's pretty good.
Well, this looks pretty tasty! Asiana Airlines serves a wonderfully comforting bowl of soup in the winter months. The filling dish is accompanied by two small appetizers and some fresh fruit.
It's simple, soothing, and wonderfully filling. Asiana Airlines certainly leads in the way of hearty dishes.
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc delivers. Ryal is in the name so they do try to treat their passengers like the kings and queens they are. That means tangy shrimp salads and tasty custard dessert.
This is of course the business class version. The bubbly water is also a great refreshing beverage as you soar into the heavens.
It's a surprise to expect anything from Easyjet but they do offer a decent-ish meal —considering its packaged and processed.
How can you resist a Kinder egg as a dessert? Still, it's no Air Japan.
Sometimes airlines partner up with restaurants or fast-food chains for their inflight meals. Such is the case with Japan Airlines.
They joined KFC. That means crispy chicken galore (and salad.)
Thai Airways kill sit with this amazing smoked salmon and salad starter dish. That's followed by delicious buckwheat noodles with meat, sauce, and veggies. Don't forget the cheesecake!
This dish looks super appetizing and fresh and, honestly, we can vouch for ut tasting as good as it looks.
Here you can find the world's finest chefs recruited from Michelin-starred eateries. It turns in-flight dining experience into a 5-star restaurant. The Mezoon Grille menu offers beef, chicken, lamb, and seafood, all served with a selection of delicious sauces.
While The Mezoon Grille menu is offered only on first-class, economy class on Etihad Airways is also top quality and food, no matter what cabin you are in, food is served in generous portions.
Air Berlin makes sure to flaunt its customs with their signature pretzel baguette. Clearly they don't shy away from the carbs because that is one massive baguette that you will probably keep you busy for a flight from Berlin to Sydney.
Pretzel baguette aside, on this business class meal, you also get two slices of juicy beef, veggies, and a delicious dessert. This robust German meal does a good job creating some sky-high excitement before landing.
This private charter jet company flies billionaires and stars, so you can be sure that it serves only the best of the best. From personalized meals to minute requests on how you would like your tea prepared, Alerion Aviation has will do it all.
Celebrating your birthday? Get your own very personalized custom made cake accompanied with the birthstone bracelet. Now that's service!
Ah, skewers. Finally. That's a nice break from the regular. It doesn't quite make for clean eating, but it sure is tasty.
The Malaysia Airlines meal is offered in the business class and of course, comes with a classy glass of champagne.
Chefs from Austrian Airlines couldn't decide on a theme so they cook up a little bit of everything and served it up in several little bowls, . It might be all over the place but it sure is delectable.
It may not be the most environment-friendly finish experience has each bowl is covered in plastic (that's a lot of plastic) but you will end up feeling very satisfied.
When a classy airline partners with the renowned Italian Eataly, you can't really go wrong. Alitalia's meal brings you all the best and most flavorsome of traditional Italian cuisines.
Their fresh ravioli coated in perfect tomato sauce is a marvel to behold (and eat.) Once you're done with that, you can move onto the Tiramisu dessert. It really rounds off the gourmet experience.
Another yummy German dish on this flight. Condor prides itself on its famous sausages and bacon.
The potatoes will send you into food stupor but at least you will enjoy the rest of the journey on a full stomach.
The land of sandwiches. Not the most exciting dish but on British Airways you get yourself a traditional ham sandwich and an English muffin.
Too many carbs? Perhaps.
On this airline, the economy class and business class dishes don't differ that much. Being an Italian airline, you can look forward to a very aesthetic plate arrangement. Presentation is key, folks.
From the stylish silverware to the fruit platter and delectable cheese and ham slices, Air Dolokmit will make flying an absolute pleasure while you're causing through those clouds.
An economy class on a flight on Qatar is not disappointing at all. Rice is central to the dish as it comes both with tomato and meat rolls, as well as with the salad.
Enjoy some refreshing fruit slices and some complementary tomato juice.
Like all things Scandinavian, they really deliver when it comes to quality and presentation. This interesting cube is totally unique in the world of inflight dining, Not to mention the squid.
The food is tasty and healthy and just pretty to look at. That's SAS for you.
Don't be fooled by their simple Chicken Cobb Salad. This dish that is offered on short-range domestic flights is super scrumptious. The generous chicken slices, romaine lettuce, turkey bacon, blue cheese, tomatoes, and corn make up this delightful American Airlines dish.
With a healthy serving of ranch dressing on the side, this reasonably priced salad ($9.49) will leave you perfectly filled perfectly satisfied as you cruise through the skies,
Behold the Emirates menu, where you can expect feast upon heavenly delights such as tender slices of smoked tuna or charcoal-grilled lamb brochette. Elevate your dining experience with the exclusive Robert Welch cutlery. It's truly a royal experience.
The A380 aircraft also provides you with canapés served in the luxurious lounge. The desserts are also simply to die for, and you get your pick between cinnamon-scented sauce, cheese, biscuits, sticky date pudding, and an array of chocolates.
Hmm. Not the most appetizing in appearance perhaps. Monarch Airlines offers a lot of sauce meat and potatoes. Oh, and a hunk of pita bread.
The cinnamon pudding is pretty good too!
Switzerland has a pretty high standard for everything. From the way they recycle to all the way that they prepare their inflight meals. On Swiss Airlines you get one classy dinner that will make you want to get back on that plane.
This five-star type meal includes things like a grilled to perfection steak, sweet potato puree, and a variety of soups. Not to mention the wooden salt and pepper shakers. It's the little things that count.
Being in business class, you really get to enjoy the little creative touches. When it comes to Singapore Airlines, they enjoy treating their guests to teddy bears and burgers. If you're flying solo, these cute little additions will you keep company while you dine.
Maybe it's a little cheesy but there's nothing wrong with cute little comforts while you're having lunch on a long flight. Those teddy bears are pretty adorable and make a nice gift for family back home.
If you're a frequent flyer, you might want to opt with flying on La Compagnie. This airline changes the menu every month. just to keep things edgy. For example, on a Paris to New York flight, you can enjoy a soft boiled egg with salted caramel, and a roasted duckling in quince juice and pumpkin.
Don't get us started on the selection of cheeses and wines. Pick any one of your favorite wines, champagnes, digestifs, or cognacs.
Bamboo Airwaves Vietnam
Bamboo Airwaves Vietnam loves simplicity and also seems to have an aversion to condiments. When it comes to meals in this airline, they stick to the basics.
Rice noodles, veggies, and duck with apple slices for dessert, this meal is healthy, simple, and refreshing.
It's certainly better than most mediocre cafeteria food. The salami and cheese are of pretty high quality and the bun is nice and soft. There's also a little jar of jam and a cooked pear.
It's not a terrible breakfast and makes a sky-dining pretty pleasant. That's the TAP way. Or the Portuguese way.
The Indonesian company, Batik Air offers a fantastic business class meal and is quite the opposite to the Bamboo Airwaves Vietnam.
With a generous amount of sauce, crispy chicken veggies, and rice, this Batik Air dish is perfectly delicious. Don't forget about that big banana.
ANA servers local Japanese delicacies on the “Koura-yaki” in the business class making. our best-of list. The Koura-yaki or crab meat and butter wrapped egg.
The dish is served with steamed rice and vegetables wrapped in fried tofu. It's simply a must.
If you're looking for some tacos, the local eateries might be more helpful than Aeromexico. But if you're hoping for just plain old delicious food, look no further. This Mexican airline offers a mix of extremely tasty goods.
Try their soft meal of croquette with potatoes. You get a croissant on the side, some broccoli, an apple, and yogurt. It's a culinary journey.
One might consider this Croatia Airlines meal more of a breakfast than a hearty lunch, but that doesn't mean it's less tasty.
It's healthy and contains all the food groups. Can't go wrong with tuna, muesli and salad now can you!
Air Tahiti Nui
This French Polynesian airline really tries to be different and steer away from the more regular meals like meats and potatoes. Air Tahiti Nui mixes it up with salmon, shrimps and spicy rice.
That might be all well and good but what really takes the cake (other than the actual cake) is their signature Tahiti salad. It's also important to mention that this is all in Economy class.
Indigo Airlines is another airline that like to keep it simple. Instead of involving grills and pans, they just offer two simple pastries as the main meal.
The side dish consists of roasted cashews and cookies. Sounds like more of a kids meal perhaps. They do present it nicely though.
Alaska Airlines has a yummy selection of salads and nuts. The main meal is rather unique and comes in the form of a hardboiled egg, a bread roll, and a carrot. It's no Air France meal, but you can't really go wrong with these simple foods.
Their inflight dish is super appetizing to look at, even if the bread roll is somewhat identifiable. In the end, it all goes into your belly. You also get to wash it down with a sweet cup for orange juice.
This chicken marinated with herbs, Gigante beans, seared artichokes, and caramelized fennel might just be the highlight of your trip. This dish is not typical for a domestic flight, even for First Class.
If you don't want the chicken, try the Korean bibimbap or coq au vin with a slow-braised short rib. Drool.
Ok, so this is pretty darn cute we must admit. This Hello Kitty themed in-flight meal while certainly be the best part of your flight even if you end up not touching anything on your plate.
Your inner child will love this, and also, the food is pretty good! We also love the Häagen-Dazs addition.
This Romania based airline surprisingly makes a mean egg noodle with meat and bak choy dish. You get a small bowl of yogurt and muesli on the side, which is not very typical, but it works.
Those bread rolls arent so appealing and are about the size of the whole dish, but who cares? Bread is bread.
Ukraine International Airlines
Mash and chicken that's drenched in some sort of sauce. That's the Ukraine International Airlines way! It's not so bad though. At least it comes with a little salad and greens.
It's pretty standard. stuff. You might have to upgrade if you want something fancier.
Philippine Airlines flight attendants have no issue tending to your every need. On the business class flight, you are welcomed on board with Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve champagne. If you're looking for a non-alcoholic option of sugarcane and kaffir lime infusion is perfection.
The canapés: consist of shrimp with anchovy, served with chorizo onion jam and chili. Exotic! The dessert that follows is an irrespirable caramelized banana. A Real Philippines experience from the sky.
Finally, (we think), a little bit of a letdown. Thankfully they're short-haul flights because these snacks don't look very satisfying.
Pudding, crackers, and whatever else is wrapped up there. We hope it's good.
A permanent fixture on the TAM’s business menu, this tender beef steak inspired by the traditional Brazilian style of churrasco cooking is simply a must on a TAM flight. Served with potatoes à la dauphinoise and some greens.
The meal is followed with a dulce de leche tart for dessert. Wash it all down a fine glass of Argentine or Chilean wine selected by the renowned Brazilian sommelier Arthur Azevedo.
Okay, definitely not the most appealing dish out there. It looks like this contains more plastic than actual food, but for a short flight, a packaged pastry and snack will do.
On a long haul flight, breakfast can include a traditional South American breakfast such as hot ham and cheese sandwich, served with seasonal fresh fruit, and a hot muffin.
Enjoy this high-end French cuisine on Transaero. It's an elegant meal with some finely prepared ingredients.
Perfectly presented and extremely filling, Transaero is one of the winners for sure.
Qantas is known for its classy dishes. This elegantly assembled meal consists of fresh greens creamy soup and sourdough bread.
They really went out of their way to switch out the greasy stuff for the healthy goodness.