Emirates is investing to become the airline of choice for international flyers who want to eat well in the air. So far it seems to be working. Chef Jamie Bissonnette, the man behind Boston's Toro and Coppa, told us his best in-flight meal ever was on Emirates. "Labneh bil na'na, fool, hummus, murgh do pyaaza (chicken curry), and breakfast," he said. "It was all so tasty." That was leagues beyond his worst-ever in-flight meal, on Philippine Airlines. "Meat of no specific origin with mushy, flavorless rice," he said. "I'm not sure what was in the food, but can be sure it was animal flesh, overcooked rice, and too much salt. Inedible!"
“There is a lot more culinary awareness amongst our customers, and a lot less tolerance for what was commonly known as 'airline food,'" said Joost Heymeijer, Emirates' senior vice president of catering. "People [now] expect restaurant-quality food, even on an aircraft."