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How plane food compares in business class and economy on airlines including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic


PLANE food can be one of the worst parts of flying, with passengers complaining about everything from flavourless meals and sad-looking snacks.

However, the cabin class you’re flying in can make a huge difference to what you’re being served.

We look at the difference between economy and business - pictured here with Virgin Atlantic economy
We look at the difference between economy and business – pictured here with Virgin Atlantic economy

Of course, they generally get better the more you pay for your flight.

But are they really fancy enough to worth the extra money you’re paying?

According to Nicky from The Points Guy UK, depending on the airline, the difference may not be as big as you think.

On Emirates for example, both economy and business class meals are served on proper dishes and not foil trays.

See for yourself – we’ve rounded up what passengers have been served in economy and business class cabins on popular airlines in the UK.

British Airways

Nicky said British Airways economy is a good choice, with a great dessert choice
Nicky said British Airways economy is a good choice, with a great dessert choice
He also said that the choices for business class with BA are varied, including a breakfast pineapple carpaccio
He also said that the choices for business class with BA are varied, including a breakfast pineapple carpaccio

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin's economy food may fall on presentation but still tasted good
Virgin’s economy food may fall on presentation but still tasted good
The business class meals in Virgin can even be changed if not happy with a first choice
The business class meals in Virgin can even be changed if not happy with a first choice

Emirates

Even Emirates economy has proper dishes and not foil trays, Nicky said
Even Emirates economy has proper dishes and not foil trays, Nicky said
Emirates business class wasn't much of a step up from economy, however
Emirates business class wasn’t much of a step up from economy, however

American Airlines

American Airlines economy still includes snacks and salads
American Airlines economy still includes snacks and salads

American Airlines business class has a diner choice of options and nicer cutlery
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Air Canada

Qantas

KLM

Air France

United Airlines

Can you make plane food taste better?

According to an Oxford professor, wearing noise-cancelling headphones can make food taste better during a flight.

This is because low-pitched noises, such as the engine, can make meals taste more bitter.

One celebrity swears by putting Tabasco sauce on plane food to prevent it from being too bland.

Picking meal options like stews, casseroles or fried rice can help as they can withstand being reheated.

And when it comes to desserts, ice cream is your best bet.


Sun Online Travel previously revealed some of the worst plane food around.

We also revealed some of the best meals served in First Class.

One woman revealed what really goes on behind the scenes of in-flight meals.





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