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Emirates' food named best in the sky

UAE airline comes out on top in a customer survey by Skyscanner.
The punters seem to like the food on Emirates.
The punters seem to like the food on Emirates.

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Emirates’s food has been named best out of 35 major airlines in a customer survey by flight comparison site, Skyscanner.

Three of the top ten airlines were based in the Middle East, with Qatar coming fifth and Etihad coming eighth.

The results were based on responses from 1200 people, who were asked to rate airline food on three criteria: taste, presentation and choice.

“Airlines are definitely placing more importance on the quality of food they serve,” said Barry Smith, director, Skyscanner.

“Although there are some notable exceptions, airlines are making huge efforts to provide good quality meals, with many even appointing celebrity chefs as consultants.”

Emirates declared itself delighted with the accolade. “Emirates is passionate about providing great in-flight cuisine and we see it as a crucial part of our product offering,” said Robin Padgett, vice president, aircraft catering, Emirates.

“Individual menus are carefully planned for each route we serve to ensure we cater for the diverse cultures and preferences of our international customers. It is particularly rewarding to have received this accolade directly from the most discerning of judges -- the travelling public.”

Smith noted the large number of Eastern and Middle Eastern airlines in the top ten. “Airline food is notorious for being bland and perhaps it is the use of these strong eastern flavours and spices that is contributing to their popularity,” he said.

Possibly it’s also because exotic flavours get people in a holiday mood!”

The top ten follows:

1. Emirates
2. Lufthansa
3. Singapore Airlines
4. Aeroflot
5. Qatar
6. Malaysia Airlines
7. Thai Airways
8. Etihad
9. KLM
10. Air France

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