Diet Detective has released results from its annual survey that looks at airline food, which includes the food served and that available for purchase. Results include:
- Delta is the clear leader among the major carriers and is tied with Virgin America this year as the healthiest airline.
- The average number of calories per menu choice was 360 in 2012; in 2013 it was 388; in 2014 it was 397; in 2015 it was 400; in 2016 it was 392, and this year 405 calories, a 13 calorie increase over last year.
- American and Delta have once again started offering complimentary meals in economy class on domestic flights, something we haven’t seen in more than 15 years.
- Airlines are eliminating oversized packages of snack foods and offering individual smaller packages or eliminating individual snacks altogether.
Overall health ratings for airline food (5 stars is highest):
- Delta 4 stars
- Virgin America 4 stars
- Air Canada 3.75 stars
- JetBlue 3.75 stars
- Alaska Air 3.5 stars
- United Airlines 2.75 stars
- American 2.5 stars
- Frontier Air 2.25 stars
- Southwest Airlines 2 stars
- Allegiant Air 1.75 stars
- Spirit Airlines 1.75 stars
- Hawaiian Airlines 1 star