Best Inflight Food (2020)


Airplane food has long been the butt of jokes and complaints, but airlines are upping their culinary game (even in economy). These airlines create meals that are well worth eating at 30,000 feet. 

  • Air New Zealand

    Air New Zealand

    The menus aboard Air New Zealand have been developed in partnership with local chefs and wine experts to reflect the local cuisine. All cabins enjoy warm meals on long haul flights, accompanied by New Zealand wines. Business Premier passengers can also select from a list of champagnes and ports.
    Photo courtesy of Air New Zealand

  • Japan Airlines

    Japan Airlines

    Inflight meals with Japan Airlines are designed in collaboration with popular restaurants and emerging chefs. Long haul flights include a self-service snack corner with a variety of sweet and savory Japanese treats.
    Photo courtesy of Japan Airlines

  • Air France

    Air France

    Passengers on Air France flights enjoy one of the best meal services in the air, complete with wines and champagne selected by sommelier Paolo Basso, a choice of two hot meals, and on longer flights, a self-service buffet of sweet and savory snacks, sandwiches and ice cream. Special kids meals are provided for young passengers.
    Photo courtesy of Air France

  • Emirates


    Every passenger with Emirates gets a multi-course meal, served with a selection of wines, beers, spirits or non-alcoholic beverages. Dishes are inspired by the flavors of the destination, and passengers can get a behind-the-scenes look at how meals are created on the carrier’s entertainment system.
    Photo courtesy of Emirates

  • Lufthansa


    Long haul flights with Lufthansa always include a multi-course meal alongside alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a second meal and snacks depending on the length of the flight. Starting with premium economy, meals are served on fine china. First class passengers enjoy caviar service and dining on demand throughout the flight.
    Photo courtesy of Lufthansa

  • JetBlue


    Passengers get way better than a tiny bag of peanuts on JetBlue flights. The snack basket features a range of brand-name snacks and drinks, both sweet and savory, and all are nut-free. Those with a bigger appetite can purchase an EatUp snack box on longer flights, or order from the EatUp Cafe.
    Photo courtesy of JetBlue

  • Singapore Airlines

    Singapore Airlines

    The culinary panel behind the inflight meals with Singapore Airlines craft dishes in a simulated pressurized cabin to ensure food tastes better, even at 30,000 feet. Starting with premium economy, passengers can pre-select their main course for all meal services before they fly.
    Photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines

  • Hawaiian Airlines

    Hawaiian Airlines

    Island-inspired fare aboard Hawaiian Airlines starts with consultation from chefs and master sommeliers. Beverage selections include Lion Coffee, beers from Maui Brewing Company and custom cocktails from On the Rocks.
    Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

  • United Airlines

    United Airlines

    United employs two executive chefs and a master sommelier to craft their onboard culinary program. Complimentary meal service is offered on most international flights, and premium cabin passengers dine on meals designed in collaboration with The Trotter Project.
    Photo courtesy of United Airlines

  • Turkish Airlines

    Turkish Airlines

    Turkish Airlines menus change with the season, and select flights even include “flying chefs” who prepare meals at 30,000 feet. Shorter flights include sandwiches on homemade artisan bread, while long haul flights feature multi-course menus
    Photo courtesy of iStock / gerenme

The top 10 winners in the category Best Inflight Food are as follows:

  1. Air New Zealand
  2. Japan Airlines
  3. Air France
  4. Emirates
  5. Lufthansa
  6. JetBlue
  7. Singapore Airlines
  8. Hawaiian Airlines
  9. United Airlines
  10. Turkish Airlines

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning airlines!

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