Aeroflot is one of the most underrated airlines in the world. From “real” business class seats on flights within Europe to warm service to a modern fleet, the carrier is nothing like its Soviet footprint. Oh, and the food is great too. We’ll take a look at a typical business class meal on a 2.5 hour flight within Europe for this week’s Meal of the Week.
I have so many Award Expert clients who refuse to fly Aeroflot that I have a pre-written script in defense of the Russian flag carrier that I can paste into email correspondence. Sometimes I send pictures from my own travels on Aeroflot.
This flight was during my first true round-the-world trip in 2008. The whole trip was actually based around a “mistake fare” on Aeroflot: $364.20 from Oslo to Hong Kong in business class with a stopover in Moscow.
I remember reserving the ticket online, but having to visit Aeroflot’s ticket office in Washington, DC in order to issue the ticket.
Remember the old carbon paper tickets? This was one of only three paper tickets I have ever been issued.
The flight departed at Oslo at noon, meaning a lunch service onboard. This was my first of three Aeroflot flights and I was not expecting much, still under the illusion that Aeroflot would be bad.
As I settled into my plush business class seat onboard an A320, a FA offered me a menu. Today’s lunch would include an appetizer of salmon and potato salad, a main course of salmon, and cherry chocolate cake with tea for dessert:
The salmon, along with the potatoes and zucchini that accompanied it, was excellent. I also appreciated that Aeroflot uses a tablecloth instead of just a tray. Service could not have been better and FAs spoke good English.
My flight to Hong Kong featured even better food, but Aeroflot truly shined on this short flight from Norway to Russia.