Best Inflight Food (2021)


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  • All Nippon Airways

    All Nippon Airways

    ANA works with a team of chefs, sommeliers and sake experts, a team they call The Connoisseurs, to curate menus reflecting Japanese, French and fusion gastronomy.
    Photo courtesy of All Nippon Airways

  • Korean Air

    Korean Air

    Korean Air takes a “farm to fly” approach to their dining program, sourcing beef from the pastures on Jeju Island. Economy class meals typically reflect traditional Korean cuisine. Long flights also include snack service, with options ranging from ramen to pizza.
    Photo courtesy of Korean Air

  • Delta Air Lines

    Delta Air Lines

    Meals aboard Delta Air Lines are reimagined every season, using ingredients from local artisans and farmers when possible. Delta One passengers often enjoy regional flavors thanks to collaborations with local chefs.
    Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways

    The menus aboard Qatar Airways flights have been designed by some of the world’s top chefs. Business and first class passengers can pre-select meals and dine on demand throughout the flight.
    Photo courtesy of Qatar Airways

  • 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

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. Which airline serves the best food? 

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

  1. All Nippon Airways
  2. Korean Air
  3. Delta Air Lines
  4. Japan Airlines
  5. Emirates
  6. Singapore Airlines
  7. Lufthansa
  8. Air France
  9. Qatar Airways
  10. Air New Zealand

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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