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The 8 Airlines with the Best Food

Depending on which of these airlines you fly, you could be served a delectable meal on bone china or a healthy Mediterranean-inspired dish.

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LISBON, PORTUGAL - JUNE 27 2015: Tails of four airplanes of the TAP Portugal airline company standing on the ground in a row.; Shutterstock ID 473300407; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDROMAN MIKHAILOV/SHUTTERSTOCK

TAP Portugal

Portugal’s national airline flies to numerous European and other international destinations and meals are included on all flights for all classes, with the size depending on the length of the flight. What makes TAP’s food so yummy is a menu that focuses on Portuguese products and traditional desserts, including delectable meats and cheeses and endless wine from the Douro Valley. The cuisine is well-rounded and authentic, and there are options for vegetarians and vegans, too. Don’t forget to pack some snacks! Here are some of the best foods to bring on an airplane

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Dubai, UAE - NOVEMBER 12, 2017: Emirates Airline flight attendant. Emirates first class. Onboard food, dining. Luxury travel. Airbus A380. First class suite.; Shutterstock ID 768501814; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDDMITRY BIRIN/SHUTTERSTOCK


It comes as no surprise that Emirates makes the list of best food options: The airline, based in Dubai, is known for its luxury; fly first class and you’ll enjoy a seven-course spread. In business and first class, meals are served on Royal Doulton fine bone china with exclusive Robert Welch cutlery. But even economy fliers get enjoyable bites, like slices of smoked tuna served with marinated vegetable salad, charcoal-grilled lamb brochette with cinnamon-scented sauce and sticky date pudding. Yum! If you’re stuck on a layover, here are some nutritionist-approved items to munch on.

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VENICE, ITALY-20 APR 2017- Exterior view of a Bombardier CS100 airplane from Swiss international airline Swiss (LX). Swiss was the launch customer for the Bombardier C series plane.; Shutterstock ID 630327968; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDEQROY/SHUTTERSTOCK

Swiss International Airlines

Swiss Airlines offers the Taste of Switzerland program, which highlights different regions of the country through food. In first class, passengers can expect a gourmet dish inspired by the country’s Maîtres de Cuisine (essentially food historians). Although menus rotate every three months, much like a farm-to-table restaurant, a sample dish is beef tenderloin with ofetori (an egg dish) or Nidwalden-style mashed potatoes made with veal bacon and cheese. Find out the best items to buy at a duty-free shop.

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SINGAPORE - NOVEMBER 03, 2015: flight attendant serve food and drinks to passengers on board of Singapore Airlines Airbus A380; Shutterstock ID 689691664; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDSORBIS/SHUTTERSTOCK

Singapore Airlines

It’s no surprise that Singapore Airlines, which dubs itself “the world’s most awarded airline,” has a top-notch culinary reputation. In fact, the airline has collaborated with chefs who own Michelin-starred restaurants, including Singaporean culinary maestro Sam Leong, Suzanne Goin of Los Angeles’ Lucques, Carlo Cracco of the Michelin-two-star restaurant of the same name in Milan and Matthew Moran of one of Sydney’s finest restaurants. The “Book the Cook” service allows first-class passengers to select their gourmet main course at least 24 hours before departure, while economy class passengers can expect appetizers like potato salad with baby shrimp and entrées like wok-fried chicken and bamboo shoots in sesame oil. Here’s what happens to all of the confiscated food at the airport.

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FRANKFURT,GERMANY-AUGUST 23:Airbus A380 LUFTHANSA approaching airport. Largest passenger aircraft. Lufthansa aircraft. Biggest passenger aircraft on August 23,2014 in Frankfurt,Germany.; Shutterstock ID 331362752; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDDMITRY BIRIN/SHUTTERSTOCK


The largest German airline, Lufthansa focuses its cuisine on flavors of the European continent and the Mediterranean. Economy passengers will be delighted that their cuisine isn’t a mere afterthought to their higher-flying counterparts. In fact, the airline is known for providing nourishing snacks and meals, including crispy croissants, juicy fruits, rich soups and even Bavarian beers. Travelers with various specific dietary needs are taken care of with menus that include gluten-free meals and low-cholesterol foods. Before your trip, make sure you know these little etiquette rules for flying.

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09.07.2015 // Istanbul, Asiana Airlines Aircraft Ready for Departure; Shutterstock ID 295370723; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDTIGRISTIARA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Asiana Airlines

One of South Korea’s two major airlines, Asiana Airlines capitalizes on the country’s foodie-mecca status. The catering team behind the airline brings fliers downright delicious tastes from Gangnam’s piping-hot popular food courts and Seoul’s barbecue joints. Economy passengers will love the Korean noodles, spicy soups, Japanese-style dishes and fresh vegetable salads. By the way, this is why you shouldn’t order tea or coffee on a plane.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 11: Flight attendants, before flight, proofing services to passengers in the airplane on October 11, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey.; Shutterstock ID 474913144; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDPROMETHEUS72/SHUTTERSTOCK

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines provides passengers with a taste of Turkey that’ll get fliers excited about the country before landing. Economy class passengers are served fresh Mediterranean sandwiches, entrées like satay chicken with grilled zucchini and tomato, hummus, cold and hot continental breakfast and rich and gritty Greek coffees. Take a look at the best airport restaurants across the US.

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LOS ANGELES/CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20th, 2017: Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800 on approach to runway at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, USA. 3D Illustration; Shutterstock ID 625919711; Job (TFH, TOH, RD, BNB, CWM, CM): RDNEXTNEWMEDIA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Delta Airlines

Delta earns a spot on the best-airline-food list for its commitment to healthy eating. The airline has teamed up with Luvo, a food company that offers a variety of healthy frozen meals, including high-protein, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. The yummy choices include the sesame grilled chicken wrap, Mediterranean veggie wrap and the tapas snack box, which is GMO-free. Before you dig in, make sure you wipe down your tray table.

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