Unidentifiable meat, soggy pasta and stale bread rolls: Airline food from around the world revealed (but not ALL of it is unappetising)
Airline food often gets bad press. And, as these images reveal, it’s often for good reason.
From being served bland, congealed clumps of food served in plastic containers, to dining on unidentifiable meat served in a sauce made with who-knows what, the choices (for those in economy) are sometimes limited.
Now what airlines serve at 30,000ft isn’t just confined to inside the plane. Passengers share their disaster meals on social media sites such as Flickr and Instagram to warn others what lies ahead.
One post from a traveller with American Airlines snaps their main course (pictured below), revealing meat in a brown sauce with a side of mash potato and what seems to be sweetcorn and red pepper stew.
However, turning left when boarding a plane is a different story – passengers can expect meals of a much higher standard.
One lucky flyer with Lufthansa’s elegant business class shared a photo showing their mid-air meal.
As well as being treated to hors d’oeuvres is stuffed free-range chicken with Sel rose, a type of curing salt, accompanied with a creamy kohlrabi salad with blueberries and rocket.
A glass of white wine and two bread rolls are on the side.
Here are 25 airline meals served around the world.
India’s now defunct Kingfisher Airlines serves an in-flight meal of curried chicken and Indian-style bread, roti on the side. There is also a spinach and paneer (Indian cottage cheese) tart and a creamy rice pudding for dessert
Japanese flavours from America’s Delta Airlines: A starter of salmon sashimi and pasta shells, followed by vegetable salad of peppers, lettuce, carrot and purple cabbage, and an anemic-looking roll. The main course is rice with broccoli and teriyaki beef or chicken. A slice of cake completes the meal
Healthy food on Korean Air: A vegetarian offering of peas and beans served with what appears to be rice-stuffed marrow and a side of couscous. here is some fruit, a pickled vegetable salad and a bread roll as well
TransAsia Airways: Business class snack of two types of breads, a fruit plate of kiwi, rock melon, pineapple and watermelon, and yoghurt
Singapore Airlines’s economy class Chinese meal of noodles cooked with mushrooms and vegetables and topped with three slices of roast chicken. Also on the tray are pickled green chillies, one bread roll and fruit salad. There’s a slice of chocolate cake for pudding
Economy breakfast on a Delta Airlines flight from London to New York of scrambled eggs, wedges, sausage, fruit salad and orange juice
Iberia Airlines: Is that Jamón ibérico on the breakfast plate? It seems only apt that the Spanish airlines serves a selection of hams with its omelette, toast and and fruit on the London to Barajas flight
An inflight meal of rice topped with beef for Japan Airlines and served with a side of shichimi (seven-flavoured spice) pickled vegetables. The airlines collaborated on these particular meals with Yoshinoya Holdings, a Japanese beef-bowl restaurant chain
Kingfisher Airlines, which has suspended all future bookings until further notice, served an Indian street food snack, Ragda patties (made from potato and chickpea flour) on its economy flight from Delhi to Bombay
DrukAir ‘s economy meal doesn’t fare too badly. Bhutan’s national carrier serves spicy tofu and vegetable noodles, with dragonfruit, melon and pineapple on the side, a yoghurt pot, a croissant and a muffin
This mishmash of cuisines comes courtesy of an American Airlines flight from New York to Tokyo. Passengers are offered a green salad, and two pieces of sushi with pickled ginger to start. The main course is meat in a brown sauce with a side of mash potato and what seems to be sweetcorn and red pepper stew
Air France’s main comprising a cheese and vegetable tart to start and a pasta dish of chicken and yellow capsicum. The tray also holds two baguettes, two bottles of red wine and a bottle of water. Dessert seems to be a berry and white chocolate mousse
Garish plastic cutlery from Virgin Atlantic’s economy flight meal sits uneasily next to an unidentifiable stew served with rice. There is also a salad with mayonnaise dressing and a bread roll. The saving grace comes in the form of the Gu chocolate dessert
Taiwan’s EVA Airways Hello Kitty jet serves an adorable business breakfast set of tofu, miso soup, tomato and vegetable salad, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), rice, pickles, and prawns with broccoli and mushrooms
The inflight business class meal from TransAsia Airways offers rice with vegetable and stir-fried beef and a salad of leaves, tomatoes and asparagus as well two bread rolls. Pudding seems to be a square cake with seeds and nuts. The airline provides proper cutlery and even gives passengers individual ceramic salt and pepper shakers
Setting the standard: Lufthansa’s elegant business class hors d’oeuvres is stuffed free-range chicken with Sel rose, a type of curing salt, accompanied with a creamy kohlrabi salad with blueberries and rocket. A glass of white wine and two bread rolls are on the side
Aero Mexico’s Clase Premier breakfast is a serving of a bread roll, traditional huevos rancheros with ham and a side of fruit salad with mango, honeydew, watermelon and a single grape. End the meal with a sweet muffin. Note the crystal salt and pepper shakers as well the napkin-wrapped cutlery
Drukair, the national carrier of Bhutan serves a sizeable meal for its business class passengers of stir-fried noodles with vegetables and shrimps, and a poppy seed roll. Orange juice or water to drink as well as a serving of fruit salad and creamy yoghurt.
A meal served on a Vietnam Airlines flight from Taoyuan, Taiwan to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A serving of yoghurt, three slices of fruit and what appears to be salmon en croute served with tomato and broccoli, and a bread roll is on offer for economy passengers
Clean flavours: Turkish Airlines’ business class breakfast from Istanbul to Zurich is a simple offering of ham, a bread roll, feta, cucumber and tomato salad with cheese and olives. There is also a fruit salad and a serving of yoghurt as well as a small pot of sour cream
Tuna with apple and celery, roasted mystery meat and rice, bread roll and green tea cake economy class meal on Singapore Airlines
Air Canada’s London to Toronto economy flight passengers were served this overcooked cheese omelette, watery spinach and crusty tomato sauce. An insipid fruit salad plus yoghurt pot and oddly-shaped roll completed their meal
Top marks for presentation: Cathay Pacific’s business class breakfast is an exercise in minimalism. A neatly folded omelette is served with a single slice of ham, one chicken sausage, a lone tomato and three broccoli florets. A soft croissant, a small salad and a mug of coffee completes this airline’s simple repast
Sandwiches for lunch: Aero Mexico’s New York to Mexico City repast of ham and cheese sandwiches, salad, chocolate cake and bread roll, all which come wrapped in clingfilm
This Air France economy meal is yet another variation of chicken and pasta, served with a bread roll for a double carb hit. There is also what appears to be a tart for dessert