Who’s win­ning the food fight?

The Australian - The Deal - - First Up -

Emi­rates and Vir­gin Aus­tralia are stand­outs in the busi­ness-class din­ing stakes, ac­cord­ing to food blog­gers and re­view­ers. As air­lines bat­tle to dif­fer­en­ti­ate their of­fer­ings in the prof­itable busi­ness-class cat­e­gory, they are part­ner­ing with multi-hat­ted name chefs to in­crease the qual­ity of in-flight food.

Lor­raine El­liott, who pub­lishes air­line food re­views on her Not Quite Nigella blog, and the food and wine edi­tor for an air­line rat­ings web­site, both nom­i­nated Emi­rates as No 1. Both also placed Vir­gin a close sec­ond, with El­liott sin­gling out its af­ter­noon tea, which ar­rives on a three-tier cake stand.

“Emi­rates is cer­tainly lav­ish with the in­gre­di­ents and num­ber of cour­ses,” El­liott says. By con­trast, bud­getary con­straints were in ev­i­dence on a Qan­tas busi­ness­class flight she took from Bangkok to Syd­ney. When El­liott’s com­pan­ion asked for a piece of pa­paya with her cheese, the flight at­ten­dant was “a tad em­bar­rassed at not be­ing able to grant the re­quest”, she says.

For those of us stuck at the back of the plane, Turk­ish Air­lines took top honours in a re­cent study of in-flight food by a panel of 100 in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers, re­ported on Skyscan­ner travel search en­gine. Sin­ga­pore Air­lines was in sec­ond place. Qan­tas was placed eighth and Vir­gin was 16th.

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