Airline Food Survey Released

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

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