Stuffed eggplant, Turkish mezze, porcini mushroom ravioli and walnut pear tart might sound like menu options more at home in an upmarket restaurant, but it's all part of the experience when you fly Turkish Airlines, whose foodie-friendly in-flight meals have been voted the tastiest around.
Having scooped Best Airline in Europe for 2011, Turkish Airlines received the thumbs up from flying food critics in a poll carried out by food comparison site Skyscanner, recording a score of 86% satisfaction.
Aer Lingus scored a commendable 78%, with American Airlines receiving the lowest score of just 47.5%.
Skyscanner’s food expert Mary Porter said: "In today’s highly competitive marketplace, airlines have to stand out from one another and ensure the passengers’ on-board experience is a positive one and ultimately generate customer loyalty. In-flight meals are a key way of doing this and recent years have seen a huge investment in this area with many leading chefs being brought on board by airlines to help develop their offering."
Turkish Airlines’ catering company, Turkish Do&Co even offers 'Flying Chef' catering on many long-haul business and first-class flights. Flying chefs work alongside cabin crew, cooking and overseeing food preparation to offer passengers all the luxury of a restaurant high above the clouds.
Having hosted 32 million passengers last year, Turkish Airlines aims to carry 38 million this year and anticipates 30% growth in Southern Europe and Africa.
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