SINGAPORE, December 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
A panel of international travellers has declared that the best on board food is served by Turkish Airlines, according to Skyscanner.
The flight comparison site included 19 international airlines from all corners of the world in the study and ranked them according to the scores they received from passengers. More than 100 passengers from around the world were asked to score the airline food on presentation and taste.
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 is 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.
The full ranking:
Airline Score 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 Qatar Airways 57 Virgin Atlantic 57 Alitalia 54 Lufthansa 53 American Airlines 47.5
Mary Porter Skyscanner's food expert and one half of pop up restaurant Kitchen Porter's, comments:
"The stereotype of the barely edible inflight meal appears to be a thing of the past. In today's highly competitive marketplace airlines have to stand out from one and another, ensure the passengers' on board experience is a positive one and ultimately generate customer loyalty. Inflight meals are a key way of doing this and recent years have seen a huge investment in this area with many leading chefs being brought on board by airlines to help develop their offering.
"This investment in food appears to have been successful - many reviewers in our study described food as being 'delicious' or 'tasty' and over half of the airlines included in the study achieved a score of 70% or more."
Skyscanner is a travel search site providing online comparisons on flight prices for millions of flights on thousands of airlines, as well car hire, hotels and deals.