Every traveller knows that the journey is where the actual globetrotting beauty of the experience is to be found. And since the journey starts the second you leave your home, just about everything from that point on out is part of the experience of the journey – including the quality of the food that gets served on the plane.
Sky-bound food certainly doesn’t have to be hard to swallow, and the following airlines are proof that not all airline meals are created equal. These are some of the best airlines when it comes to achieving culinary travel satisfaction.
That Dubai’s official airline would have made it onto this type of list should come as no surprise. Emirates is after all known for its luxurious amenities and stylish hosts and hostesses. Flying first class? Then behold a seven-course spread laid out on the finest china, complete with silverware for the eating.
In first class as well as business class, all meals are served on Royal Doulton fine china. And cutlery? Nothing short of authentic Robert Welch cutlery will do – and a range exclusively designed for Emirates, no less. But even economy-class travellers get to enjoy Emirates-quality cuisine. Think generous portions of freshly sliced tuna, charcoal-grilled lamb brochette and (of course!) mouth-watering freshly baked sticky date pudding. Culinary bliss.
Yet another golden star on the airline culinary roster. Singapore Airlines really did go the extra foodie mile when it comes to what they’ll be serving you on any of their international flights. Think creations by Michelin-starred chefs the likes of Suzanne Goin, Carlo Cracco and Matthew Moran. And then think wok-fried chicken and bamboo shoots drenched in sesame oil, and potato salad with baby shrimp. And did we mention that those are just the appetizers? Singapore’s Book the Cook service allows the discerning first-class culinary-loving traveller to phone in a preferred menu 24 hours ahead of departure. Now that’s class!
Delta Airlines makes the list for its focus on healthy eating. Delta makes use of a company called Luvo, and they focus on providing to all Delta’s travelers a healthy variety of high protein meals, gluten-free meals, vegan meals, vegetarian meals, and more. Popular options include Luvo’s signature grilled chicken wrap, their Mediterranean healthy-option veggie wrap, and a variety of tapas presented in colourful snack boxes – all GMO-free!
Turkey is well-known for its habit of surprising even the pickiest of eaters with its fantastic array of flavours and aromas. And when flying with Turkish Airlines, travellers are treated to the absolute best of everything that a true taste of Turkey experience has to offer. Options include satay chicken with scorched zucchini, fluffy and flavour-infused hummus, a choice of a cold or hot full continental breakfast and even that all-time favourite delight we call authentic Greek coffee.
Turkish Airlines is proud of its national heritage and eager to share that heritage with all who choose the airline as their preferred mode of travel.