What used to be a woman's size 12 in 1968 is a woman's size 4 today; what used to be third-class is economy-class today. What changed? We've grown more sensitive: I'm not overweight, I still fit into a size 12. I'm not a third-class passenger: I'm a price-conscious individual that rides in economy-class.

Despite the name games, airline food hasn't changed much. Economy class meals still come in a wrapper, and business class meals come with real cutlery. This list shows the sometimes striking difference between what the different classes eat in side by side comparison photos.

What do you think about the differences in airplane foods? Submit your comments and food menu photos below, and remember: cheap flight food isn't bad because it's cheap; it's purposefully bad to encourage those with money to buy upper-class tickets!

#1

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines

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CosminChinde
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5 years ago

as always the economy one looks better :)

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#2

Air France

Air France

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CosminChinde
Community Member
5 years ago

the economy one looks so much better and homey in my opinion

KevinIlango
Community Member
5 years ago

And filling!

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TynnaSellenne
Community Member
5 years ago

You get half of the food displayed in Economy, I dread flying Air France because their service is mediocre and they messed up my luggage.

TristanBlakeman
Community Member
5 years ago

I've taken Air France several times and have been bumped to first class three times. The food (and service!) in first class is first class! Delicious, beautiful - and plenty of it - with all the champagne you can drink.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
5 years ago

Like the choice of mustard.

KalliN
Community Member
5 years ago

The economy class meal looks better than what I eat for dinner on a daily basis..

DianaHansen
Community Member
5 years ago

i mus be the poor traveler who really enjoys the food i get. its a treat to have someone else make and serve it to me. the rich people just have more reason to be picky and turn up their noses if it does not suit their taste.

ChristopherChang
Community Member
5 years ago

Maybe it tells us that the airline is trying to get the economy class people to sleep after a heavy meal ?

François Gallardo
Community Member
4 years ago

i bet this is the business entree..and before there was an amazing appetizer..and after this followed an amazing desert..and i think you can ask for more of whatever you like in business/first

François Gallardo
Community Member
4 years ago

the diference is what your seeing in the economy photo that looks so good...is all youre getting..

smash17
Community Member
5 years ago

If I fly economy, remind me to fly Air France!

ClaudiaRivas
Community Member
5 years ago

I would't be full with the first class meal

FrancesEkwue
Community Member
5 years ago

A whole baguette in economy as opposed to some random 3 potatoes? Why should I go First Class again?

AnnaKravchenko
Community Member
5 years ago

I think we can all agree that people in economy get MORE food :D

divydumdrophello
Community Member
5 years ago

actually the economy class looks WAY MORE DELICIOUS then 3 POTATOES AND SOME ROSEMARY, but on the other hand u do have slippers and ur feet up in first class...I'm indecisive, what can I say

clever_monky
Community Member
5 years ago

yep, i think economy class more better,

SamRawson
Community Member
5 years ago

Having had the misfortune to travel air France from Malaysia last year- I was booked KLM but as their partner put on air France- I can tell you the food & service are diabolical. Worst I have ever experienced & I would never voluntarily travel with them. This is nothing like the food offering. Service & staff attitudes awful as well. It's like they are doing you a favour!

itstif02
Community Member
5 years ago

One word. Baguette.

ClaireDuke
Community Member
5 years ago

Im sitting here thinking how fancy even the economy class looks then i look up at the empty bowl of the cereal i had for dinner last night.

bubamara
Community Member
5 years ago

Economy, more food, better presentation ;-)

Sally-AnnMcCarthy
Community Member
5 years ago

Air France rock ! The economy looks way better. The French know better than to serve up sub par shite to the proletariat, heads would roll lol

DebraOvá
Community Member
5 years ago

I want the economy food on the first class table

SassLord
Community Member
5 years ago

I'd rather eat the economy class one, actually.

CherylCooper
Community Member
5 years ago

Lol, you get more food in economy

MadonaChowdhury
Community Member
5 years ago

business food sucks

MiklósNagy
Community Member
5 years ago

The economy class always got bigger portions...

BethMcCrossan
Community Member
5 years ago

I'll take the 7-up one, thanks.

MiaMelberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Economy looks must more fullfilling imo

JeuskeEngelen
Community Member
5 years ago

Economy looks way better.

HumayWaseem
Community Member
5 years ago

Why are first classers made to starve with tidbits?

Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the bread :D

JonaidSiam
Community Member
5 years ago

Goodbye first class :p

martin_bagley
Community Member
5 years ago

The first class meal shows only one course. You get 4 including as much brandy and wine as you feel appropriate to consume!

BalazsGyemant
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5 years ago

I travelled a lot on AF-KLM-DL in the last three years. Here are all my food pictures from those flights (and some others): https://www.boredpanda.com/i-photographed-all-my-mile-high-food-for-3-years/

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#3

Ana Airlines

Ana Airlines

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GrizzliesRule
Community Member
5 years ago

PIKACHU CUP!!!

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#4

Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airlines

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DavidEsteban
Community Member
5 years ago

Economy ftw!

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#5

Thai Airways

Thai Airways

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kahh
Community Member
5 years ago

The first class dishes really looks like japanese food. It has wasabi and vegetables in sakura forms.

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#6

British Airways

British Airways

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LenaWagenfuehr
Community Member
5 years ago

why do airlines think people who are fool enough to shell out the extra dosh to buy the business/first class tickets can be trusted with cutlery/real glasses?

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#7

Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

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MaschaClaessens
Community Member
5 years ago

Mainly the side dishes that look better in first class here.. :P And someone already ate the bread :')

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#8

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

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HannaAndersson
Community Member
5 years ago

First class food looks terrible! What is that?

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#9

Air Canada

Air Canada

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PatTheo
Community Member
5 years ago

Thats better.

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#10

Aegean Airlines

Aegean Airlines

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AndreaJoian
Community Member
5 years ago

are you supposed to eat the bread with the pasta?

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#11

Cathay Pacific Airlines

Cathay Pacific Airlines

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MiaMelberg
Community Member
5 years ago

A kitkat?

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#12

Klm

Klm

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IrinaMaksimova
Community Member
5 years ago

Yeah, must be transatlantic. Klm around Europe has crapy sandwich in Economy and nice 3 course meal in Business

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#13

Kenya Airlines

Kenya Airlines

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Arty
Community Member
5 years ago

Kenya business class vs Emirates business class...mhhh... :P

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#14

Lufthansa

Lufthansa

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MarielaGaneva
Community Member
5 years ago

In the past 3-4 year I have flied with Lufthansa fairly often and all they ever give in economy class is a sandwich. Where did you get these photos from? :D :D

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#15

American Airlines

American Airlines

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AmandaMitschele
Community Member
5 years ago

I can guarantee this is a transatlantic flight because cross country you're lucky if u get a bag of nuts

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#16

Korean Airlines

Korean Airlines

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PaulaDe
Community Member
5 years ago

woah business class is crap as well ha?

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#17

Air China

Air China

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samanthaiza
Community Member
5 years ago

WHY IS THERE NO OLIVE OIL on buisness one

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#18

United

United

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MaddySung
Community Member
5 years ago

Sad that the airlines in the US have such lame food options compared to many other major airlines.

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#19

Delta

Delta

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TynnaSellenne
Community Member
5 years ago

Delta has decent food, however you get a main course, an appetizer (not 2 like in the picture) and something sweet like a small candy bar. You get bread and margarine (no cheese, I got spoilt by Qatar and Etihad, sigh) and in Economy your selection of drinks is sort of limited compared to other long-haul airlines.

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#20

Klm Economy Class

Klm Economy Class

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MatthewOakes
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5 years ago

I'm a "tree hugger". How is it with "respect" that they still killed the chicken?

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#21

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

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Michel Guntern
Community Member
5 years ago

It's almost like Nouveau Cuisine.

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#22

Etihad Business Class (breakfast)

Etihad Business Class (breakfast)

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#23

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

Garuda Indonesia - 1st Class (main Course And Dessert From 3course Meal)

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#24

Alitalia - Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours & Medium Haul Business Class

Alitalia - Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours & Medium Haul Business Class

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#25

Klm Economy (european Flight)

Klm Economy (european Flight)

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5 years ago

Unboxing the sandwich was funny, the happy cows made me laugh quite a lot ;-)

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#26

Alitalia Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours

Alitalia Medium Haul Economy Class Over 3 Hours

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#27

Alitalia Economy & Medium Haul Business Class

Alitalia Economy & Medium Haul Business Class

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