Turks take the cake for best economy class food

Grey blobby stuff congealing in a plastic tray, a salad that is 90 per cent tasteless iceberg lettuce and flabby tomato. Airline food gets a bad rap all over the world, mainly from those of us travelling in economy. Well, it’s not all crappy. A panel of international travellers has declared that the best economy class food is served by Turkish Airlines, according to a Skyscanner study.

The flight comparison site sent 100 passengers from around the world on a flight in economy class with one of 19 international airlines to survey the food served inflight.  Passengers were asked to score the airline food on presentation and taste.

Each airline was then ranked according to the scores they received. Qantas was the only Australian airline to make the list, coming in at number 7. Turkish Airlines took first place with a score of 86% for its menu which includes such dishes as stuffed eggplant and walnut pear tart.  As well as standard meals, the airline also offers a range of special meals including children’s, Kosher, vegetarian and seafood options.

In second place was Singapore Airlines, on which Gordon Ramsay has previously offered his expertise as part of their culinary panel, while Etihad took third place ahead of UAE rival Emirates which came in 5th behind Aer Lingus.

I found a lovely picture of a pear and walnut tart. Somehow I can’t imagine something this scrumptious making it onto an airline menu. If you’ve flown on Turkish Airlines and actually eaten something that looks like this, please let us know!

Skyscanner is a leading travel search site providing online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels. Here’s the top 10:


Turkish Airlines 86
Singapore Airlines 81
Etihad 80
Aer Lingus 78
Emirates 77
Cathay Pacific 75
KLM 75
Qantas 72
Aeroflot 71
Air France 70
Iberia 65
SAS 64
United Airlines 62
British Airways 60

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