Qatar Airways has been named as the second best airline of 2016 (UPDATE: Now the best in 2017) by the rating company Skytrax and while it also garnered several other awards like World’s Best Business Class and the World’s Best Business Class lounge, I am wondering if it lives up to its name when it comes to economy class.
Luckily, for the last six months, I flew with Qatar Airways numerous times – four sectors to be exact. In my opinion, the quality of service and food at the economy class at Qatar Airways is visibly better than your regular airline. For one, they actually have a menu card for passengers and it’s a convenient way to choose their meals onboard. This is also true with the other top ranked airlines like Emirates or Singapore Airlines.
On my flight from Doha to Manila, I chose stir fried noodles with julienne vegetables with fried bean curd and chili ginger sauce. This is the vegan option on routes from Doha to Asia Pacific. The other choices were chicken biryani and braised beef.
For my flight from Doha to Istanbul, I chose grilled chicken with carrots, steamed vegetables and rice.
During my Manila-Doha flight, the choices were chicken, fish fillet and nasi goreng for the main meal. I selected braised chicken in peppercorn sauce with roasted potatoes, carrots, peas and caramelized onions.
My flight from Sao Paulo takes around 13 hours and for the brunch, I selected roast chicken breast in tomato basil sauce with creamy parmesan polenta and vegetables.
My overall impression is that Qatar Airways always put extra effort and thought on the food they serve at economy class. This is a far cry from your regular airlines which seems to serve cafeteria quality food. Airplane food is not really the best but in the case of Qatar Airways, they attempted to make things a bit better. Truly, the airline lives up to my expectations and I am rating their economy class food 3.5 stars out of five. I would definitely fly with them again!