January 25, 2013
What airlines have the best food?
Dutch airline KLM has been ranked the No. 1 airline in Europe for its long-haul, in-flight dining program by users of British-based travel booking site Skyscanner.
With four business-class menus that alternate weekly, economy-class sandwiches made with organic bread and tableware, glassware and cutlery created by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders – who's been described as the "Lady Gaga" of the design world -- 550 respondents in Skycanner's European Airline Food Awards gave the Dutch airline top nods in the category of Top 5 Long Haul Airline Food.
The win comes less than two months after the airline began serving an in-flight menu developed by Michelin-starred Dutch chef Richard Ekkebus, who helms Amber restaurant at five-star Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong, which earned its second star under his direction.
From December 1, 2012 to the end of September 2013, World Business Class passengers will dine on dishes like braised venison, or cod with curry in a coconut-lime sauce –- classic French dishes given a minimalist, Asian twist, says the airline.
Rounding out top five airlines with the best long-haul in-flight dining program were Aeroflot, SAS, Air France and British Airways.
In the low-cost category, Turkish airline Pegasus took the top spot, while SAS was ranked the best for its airline food in the category of short-haul flights.
Meanwhile, over at food site Epicurious.com, editors chose Turkish Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines as the best airlines for food lovers.