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

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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.

Laura
Community Member
5 years ago

Agreed until this picture, I always thought 'The economy food looks more appetizing and it looks like there's more of it. '

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Sally-AnnMcCarthy
Community Member
5 years ago

Never mind " Oh Canada! " It's "a for fuck's sake Air Canada" If I paid a shit ton of money to fly business only to discover that economy were getting perfectly 'Al dente' green beans while mine were boiled to death ( again see above posts) a gravy that's disappeared and bread rolls that look like snapping turtles , I'd be kicking off big style bruv !

ChantellePuttkemery
Community Member
5 years ago

That is not Air Canada Business, that is premium economy, their Business meals, and set up, are far superior to this. You get what you pay for. Airline tickets are 50% of the cost now, compared to the 1970s. So are aircrew wages. Stop being so cheap. You're flying through the air in a chair, at 900km/hour.

KatieTscherning
Community Member
5 years ago

Air Canada without a doubt had the worst airline food I ever tasted. Wasn't even edible. They served me frozen vegetables and when I asked politely, if u could have a salad instead, the flight attendant got mad at me and told me no and said some people preferred their vegetables frozen over warm. Huh?!

Michel Guntern
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm getting an appetite.

Mymy
Community Member
5 years ago

Cake?!?!

IvoryWilliams
Community Member
5 years ago

Good ole Canada, they care...

Angela Shockley
Community Member
1 week ago

I feel like you should be offered the same food no matter the class your in. It should be more based on how much your willing to spend for your meal, not where your seated. On the ground if I wanna go somewhere and eat steak darn toots I will, should be the same in the air. All they need to do is ask when your setting up your flight what meal you want, not that hard. lol

LetíciaTeles
Community Member
5 years ago

Anything for that desert

samanthaiza
Community Member
5 years ago

buisness looks better here

CherylCooper
Community Member
5 years ago

Economy

Anna Yaroshenko
Community Member
4 years ago

Hi! I crewmember of aeroflot, and you have mistake in your post. This is not economy meal, its crew meal.

smash17
Community Member
5 years ago

That business class food looks yuck!

RichardDiser
Community Member
5 years ago

Tiramisu. Dammit. ;-; <3

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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
Community Member
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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