Taste6.6
Quality5.9
Appearance7.6
Quantity6.2
Originality5.7
6.4Overall Score

Air Serbia, previously known as Jat, until it joined the Etihad Airways Partners group commenced long haul operations from Belgrade to New York about 12 months ago. I had been quite keen to sample their economy class product and see what the fuss was about with this re-branded airline. But to be honest it wasn’t that exciting at all…

My flights with Air Serbia would take me from Zagreb to Belgrade and then onto New York JFK.

ZAGREB TO BELGRADE

A quick short hop of about one hour, so I wasn’t expecting much here at all. I’m glad my expectations were set quite low. On offer on this short flight a bottle of water and a very stale, completely tasteless plain bread roll.

What is this prison class or something?

air serbia economy class mealBELGRADE TO NEW YORK

It started off nicely, with cabin crew handing out printed menus for everyone in economy (something many airlines are taking away these days), and I was impressed with having a choice of three different meals. The meal choices for this 8am departure were:

Cheese Pie

Scrambled Eggs

Omelette 

I asked for the omelette but the cabin crew member gave me the scrambled eggs instead, it really didn’t bother me and I didn’t want to ask her to change it as she seemed busy.

I present Air Serbia’s very basic economy class meal of: Scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey ham and ratatouille.

On first impression my meal tray seemed quite small, and the quantity of food was definitely below average. This is the type of meal you would receive perhaps on a short/medium haul flight on a traditional airline. This was a 9+ hour flight to New York not a hop across Europe. It was very average and the eggs were so over cooked that they felt quite rubbery…

Within a few hours I was already hungry again, the only options were dry biscuits or crisps. I saw the cabin crew come through the cabin perhaps twice with water during the 4-5 hour break between meals.

THE SECOND MEAL SERVICE: BELGRADE TO NEW YORK

About 1.5 hours before landing the cabin crew came through with the second meal service which consisted of a bread roll filled with chicken and cheese. When compared to the first meal disaster it was definitely tastier and a lot better, but still lacking in quantity.

air serbia mealTHE BEST PART OF THE FLIGHT?

At least the leg room was great, I was lucky to snag this front row economy class seat, and had no one next to me!

About The Author

Founder of Inflight Feed

Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here and he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has a regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ plus many major news outlets across the globe, and has become the 'go to' person when someone needs an opinion about airline meals!