As this year comes to a close it’s time to take a brief look at the airline meals that I experienced this year. I only took 53 flights this year and flew just over 80,000 miles about half of what I normally do. Out of those 53 flights I have selected my top 10 inflight meal experiences in business and economy class for one reason or another. Enjoy!

TURKISH AIRLINES

On a flight from Istanbul to Montreal in early December, I was fortunate enough to sample their business class catering. Their inflight chefs bring some flair and fun to the inflight meal experience, and I really loved my Turkish Ravioli dish and the Fig chocolate mousse was outstanding. I’ve written about their meals before, and I still believe they have some of the tastiest inflight meals in the world!

ANA

I was so excited to fly with ANA as it was my first time to experience them. The service was outstanding, I loved their boarding music and the food was fantastic! I flew from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo and sampled their fantastic Japanese inflight menu, seafood featured heavily in this menu. Everything was fresh, tasty and served by such delicate cabin crew.

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First time flying ANA! So impressed and wow the crew were amazing. Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo today in business. I ordered the Japanese option and the amuse was: Marinated prawn with chicken satay. Starters: Smoked salmon, fish cake & cucumber with salmon roe, grilled asparagus with beef, Japanese omelet, Pak choy and tofu plus octopus and cucumber in vinegar sauce. For the main: Steamed whitefish, Miso soup and Japanese pickles. Finally for dessert a cheesecake and fresh fruit. I loved every minute of this experience. I just can't believe how service orientated this airline was. I'm flying them tomorrow to Beijing and hope it's the same! Have you flown them? #inflightfeed #planefood #flyana #anajapan #businessclass #airlinemeal #airlinefood

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JAPAN AIRLINES

I have flown with JAL in economy class previously, but this time I booked business class. I loved how this bento box was served, it was packaged perfectly like a gift. The meal was created by Chef Jun Kurogi from Shibadaimon in Tokyo, and it was all delicious and a wonderful inflight meal experience.

AEGEAN AIRLINES

Whenever I fly to/from Greece my preferred choice is Aegean, their crew is fantastic, and the meals are great. It’s always a great experience with creative inflight menus in business class. These pancakes were so fluffy and tasty, probably one of the best inflight breakfast offerings I have had ever!

AEGEAN AIRLINES

Even in economy class, Aegean offers some of the best tasting (and still free!) meals. Meals like this are a bit of a rarity flying across Europe these days. Below is from a flight from Brussels to Athens.

TURKISH AIRLINES

Back to Turkish Airlines again. This time economy class. Whilst their business class meals are outstanding, their economy class meals are also some of the best in the sky. Few airlines come close to just how tasty these economy class meals can be.

SAS

I love flying with SAS, and this flight from Zurich to Stockholm is no exception. I love these economy class meals (offered on European flights) for two reasons: Creative packaging and creative ingredients. More importantly, the ingredients are fresh and local.

CONDOR

I flew Condor several times this past Summer and was able to sample their new meal concept for economy class. It’s very different from what other airlines serve, the packaging is quite smart, the meal portions are quite large, and the meals are very well priced.

AEROFLOT

My first time flying with Aeroflot, and this economy class meal really impressed me. It was served to me between Moscow and Athens, and I was shocked at just how much food you were given. I really enjoyed the Praynik which is a Russian spiced cookie and the hot meal and salad were great. I need to add that the crew was really friendly too.

SWISS

I had not flown Swiss long haul for quite a well and was pleasantly surprised at this economy class meal. The main meal was served piping hot, the chicken was succulent, and the chocolate cake was very tasty. For such a short flight I was impressed with the number of meal services and food served.

 

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; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.