High-Flying Caffeine: Coffee Served on 44 Airlines Around The World

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American Airlines

Coffee – American Airlines serves Luigi Rosa beans, which are roasted in Brooklyn, New York. There are some really interesting notes to the flavor of this coffee – which produces a very creamy taste with a smoky flavor – I think the secret is "compression" roast method they use in the roasting process.

The bean is then roasted medium-dark, as AR’s brewmasters prefer a more full-bodied roast. I don’t think I would go that dark when I make it for myself, but it does create very good flavor.

Delta Airlines

Coffee was first introduced to airplanes in 1931, on a cross-country flight from Seattle to Chicago. The flight was operated by Boeing, who decided to serve coffee as a convenience for passengers. Coffee was served on a pressurized container, with the necessary cup and a saucer equipped with a built-in spout and lid. Coffee service became common after WWII in the US, when soldiers and GIs, accustomed to being served coffee, wanted the same when flying home. Coffee service became inconsistent during the 1960s, when airlines tried different strategies on the type of coffee served in flight …instant, flavored, and real options.

In 1966, coffee service began to gain popularity on planes in the US, and passengers were happy to have one more perk of flying. As coffee became more popular, it was used as a means to attract more customers, along with other extras such as in-flight magazines, music and movies, and even dimmer lights in the cabins.

United Airlines

The best part about this list is that it goes beyond the usual beverages. Chic coffee shops have been making their way across the country, but for the truly discerning customer, you’re going to want to look for a drink that was a bit of a surprise.

The best way to treat that flight attendant with the coffee setup is to order their specialty drink.

“I drink Guinness on a flight all the time,” says Jeri Robinson, Channel 2’s mid-morning traffic reporter. “Something about the caffeinated experience.”

Southwest Airlines

Coffee champ: Southwest Airlines

Number of cups per year: 23 million

Southwest just started handing out coffee in refillable mugs in January 2011. Instead of individual cups, customers are given a 24 oz. refillable insulated cup. This "beta" phase of the program is testing out the service and the mug before a nationwide rollout. Drinkers get unlimited cups of joe within a specific time period (which they must specify).

Southwest Airline's signature coffee mug is not just for people flying first class! You can join the Coffee Club and enjoy the drink whenever it is available.

JetBlue Airways

Take-off is quite an ordeal. The safety instructions alone are ridiculously time-consuming. Then there’s the endless wait for passengers to board the flight. And that’s before takeoff. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just sleep right through the whole experience? Unfortunately, that’s not realistic, so you may as well make your trip even more enjoyable with a cup of coffee.

A lot of airlines have changed their in-flight offerings in recent years, offering new food and beverage items that passenger preferences currently favor. Coffee is one of these.

Some of the most basic elements of coffee preparation can actually have a big impact on how the coffee taste. The amount of coffee used, the water temperature, the brewing time, and the fineness of the grind can have a huge impact on the final taste of the coffee. The advantage of in-flight coffee is that the entire brewing process is standardized and monitored by the airline crew. This makes it possible to brew a consistently good cup of coffee for all the flight.

Hate coffee? Many airlines have other coffee-like beverages to choose from as well. Be sure to choose wisely though, as many of the choices out there can be really bad for you.

Alaska Airlines

Coffee has long been the unwavering beverage of choice for Alaska Airlines, which opened in 1932. But in 1988, with the help of hospitality executive, Kevin Davis, Alaska Airlines began adding espresso bars to its terminals and planes. The current fleet has 29 planes that serve espresso bars, and passengers can choose between lattes and cappuccinos. On a Boeing 737, you’re likely to find seven different types of coffee.

On flights that feature espresso bars, you’ll find the drink cart typically near the galley so you can enjoy your beverage during take off or before a meal. Ask the flight attendant to fill your cup to the line, as rounding it off may leave you with a bit of foam. In addition to coffee, Alaska Airlines’s bar serves other caffeinated beverages, such as tea, hot chocolate, and as of August 2016, hot cider.

Since Alaska Airlines made a commitment to serve Fair Trade Certified coffee in 2011, passengers on every flight between the Pacific and the US West Coast, can enjoy a cup of coffee. Alaska has also worked with nonprofits and coffee companies to support coffee-growing communities in Africa and Central and South America.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is known for having lower-priced flights, as well as for the no-frills approach to both air travel and customer service. One of the ways in which they keep costs down is by limiting the food and drink options aboard the flight. Coffee is served in small paper cups, allowing the airline to give out hot beverages onboard without having to worry about cleaning up a mess afterwards.

As the flight attendant started to make the coffee, I felt the nervous knots of a first time flyer slowly starting to form. As I watched him pour the brown liquid into a plastic coffee mug, I was certain the cup had a much sturdier handle than what you might find in a fast food restaurant. This handle was revealed to be hollow a moment later as our flight attendant started to fill it with steaming hot water, an odd custom that had been drilled into me during my brief classroom training.

Within minutes, we were served the coffee we’d paid for – a classic cup of Joe. I wasn’t quite prepared for what I was served, and to be honest, my first reaction was to feel like I’d just been served crap coffee. Within a moment, though, the anticipation of having well-known coffee on board was replaced by the excitement of the decision I had to make next.

Frontier Airlines

Denver, CO.

Coffee is brewed using the Tastemaker System, which uses a portioning system to deliver consistent shots of coffee into a final cup. This patented process allows the consistency of the product to be tested at each stage of the process in order to ensure a delicious cup of coffee for every passenger. In 2014, Frontier Airlines started serving coffee brewed using The Clover Brewing System, which uses fresh-brewed espresso-style coffee instead of brewed coffee.

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines were the first carrier to serve coffee with meals, way back in 1987. They continue to offer 10 varieties of coffee ranging from small-batch roasted Kona to its signature island-inspired blends: Koko Kanu, Puna Roast, and Island Blend.

Virgin America

Virgin’s in-flight coffee comes from Blue Bottle, a trendy coffee chain that’s been opening shops across the country. It’s no surprise that Blue Bottle has found a home flying high on Virgin America.

Blue Bottle has an excellent reputation in the coffee industry for its delicate yet bold flavor profiles with rich and well-rounded tastes. The specially-designed Virgin America cup is no different – part of Blue Bottle’s signature look, which is tiny but fun, and easy to use. Blue Bottle lists the ingredients for each cup on its website, including champagne yeast (for effervescence) and an average of 27 grams of sugar per serve.

With Virgin’s first class service, anything Blue Bottle produces is sure to be good, and Virgin customers agree. The airline hosts Blue Bottle coffee bars in some of its San Francisco outposts, and serves it on flights. In this video, we get a taste of Virgin’s Blue Bottle coffee from the birth of the roasting process to the moment it was served from a special machine in the first class cabin.

United Kingdom

Airplanes are a great place to use the potty, stretch your legs, and get some fresh air. Many airlines have added a new amenity that is almost as enjoyable ‗ and that’s serving specialty coffee drinks. Signature coffees are served on some of the most popular airlines around the world, and the options are increasing as the demand rises.

Airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand, Qantas, and United offer exciting coffee creations that include mixed drinks, flavored syrups, specialty chocolates, and fresh fruit. Here’s a list of 44 airlines that serve specialty coffee drinks, ranked by their popularity per Skytrax ratings.

British Airways

Caffeine and Hydration

When you hear the words “caffeine” and “jet lag,” you probably don’t think of British Airways, but it’s exactly what they’re serving to their flyers. Of course, it’s not just regular coffee, it’s a secret brew called “Sleepeze” and it’s been specially designed to avoid that post-coffee surge, which could leave you wide-eyed in the middle of the night.

It’s a bit more than a cup of strong coffee – Sleepeze is a combination of a decaffeinated bean, theobromine (a stimulant found in chocolate), L-theanine (found in green tea), and melatonin. The Sleepeze blend has been specially formulated to give you a steady and gradual dose of caffeine, without the “crash” often associated with coffee.


Coffee is such a part of our life and routines that some of us can hardly start our day without a cup of the good stuff.

We know it’s not just us “ teachers in the US have an average of 3 cups a day; Britons consume over 67 million cups of coffee a week; and the average Joe has nearly five cups each week.

What you drink on holiday may not be as important as what you drink at work or at home, but it’s clear that even on holiday, you still need your daily fix.

Where will you get the jiz from hell on your next trip?

Coffee is truly an international beverage, as shown by the many airlines that serve it. Here are 44 of them, from carriers all over the world.


Almost three quarters of a million people fly Flybe every year. For such a budget airline, coffee has always been an important part of ensuring top notch customer experience. Their customer research has shown that people love coffee, and that over time people buy more coffee. After all, everyone has busy lives these days and can benefit from some caffeine while flying. So Flybe simply offers coffee to their passengers. Technically, it is not free, because you have to buy the sumptuous sandwiches that the service is offered with.

Flybe was among the first airlines in the UK to not only offer free coffee, but also to do so right upon boarding. Their coffee service is available twice during the flight – firstly about 40 minutes before landing, and secondly during the hour and 20 minutes between cruising above the clouds and landing. In order to serve this kind of coffee to their customers, Flybe developed a package that could be delivered in-flight. The package is called Flybeverage, and it allows Flybe to serve their beverages from an insulated tub that comes with onboard water and ice.

Thomas Cook

Flying with a baby becomes more fun with Thomas Cook Airlines. Little Kids High Tea allows you to have a laid-back meal with your babies on select flights. The event is scheduled for selected pre-school aged kids and when they board the aircraft, they receive a name tag, a finger puppets kit and a party hat to wear during the flight. The event takes place on Sunday and they also have a DJ on board who keeps the fun upbeat. The pre-school supervisors accompany the kids and they ensure the party gets underway. After the snack is served the flight attendants come by with awesome face paints and the kids look forward to being painted. Thomas Cook Airlines truly offers the toddlers a special experience.


On easyJet they will either have a type of coffee or will ask you if you want tea or coffee. If you do choose coffee they will add in extras like orange juice.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic’s newest drinks menu, offered on flights to Las Vegas, has been keeping passengers up to date and energetic since 2015. Airlines are always looking to offer what their customers are looking for and a good in-flight service makes all the difference in the world.

Virgin Atlantic are renowned for enhancing their customers in-flight experience and the coffee on board is one of the inclusions that creates a good impression. Their new coffee machine is capable of producing a range of coffee’s and hot chocolates to give passengers the chance to experience British beverages whilst flying above the clouds. There are optional flavours available too! With the addition of little extras, such as the British accents and the fancy coffee machines, Virgin Atlantic is creating a memorable experience for all passengers.



Qantas has offered coffee on its flights for over 80 years.

Virgin Australia

Founded in 2000, Virgin Australia is Australia’s second largest airline carrier. The airline offers air travel services between New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the United States.

Virgin Australia’s in-flight espresso is created with Lavazza coffee partnered with their signature 50…39 espresso blend. The Australian airline has also introduced tea in their flights.


Most airlines serve coffee from the coffee service cart. Coffee is usually bulk coffee service, pre-brewed, bagged and standardized. I have only seen a few companies use high-quality coffee machines in the economy cabin to brew fresh coffee. Qantas Airlines has a high-quality coffee machine in its International Business Class cabin. The coffee should taste better than pre-brewed coffee. Qantas offers Australian Single Origin coffee beans by Barambah Organic.


The official drink of your friendly neighbors to the north comes as no surprise. Coffee is a staple in North American life; it’s practically a religion. Canadian coffee is no different, and when you are seen travelling through Canadian skies you can rest assured that Canada makes some of the best coffee around … but let’s not forget the maple syrup!

Canada is just one of the many countries that are served by the coffee company, ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS. Visitors from all over can enjoy a fresh coffee made with ALTERRA brand beans … it just happens that everywhere that is served by this company is outside the United States. ALTERRA has its headquarters in Colorado, but you can find its products in numerous coffee shops, hotels, airlines and airports around the world.

Notable mention: Hot chocolate, or chaud chaux in French, is the official drink of Canada.

Air Canada


WestJet serves coffee brewed fresh using a Chemex filter. The process, called Aeropress, is a popular alternative to French press because of its cleaner taste. The airline also has an in-flight menu with cookies, muffins, and sandwiches.

Air Transat

According to the airline, the coffee service first began as a ploy to get passengers to try their new three-course meals. Coffee is served shortly after takeoff and again between the appetizer and the main course.

The coffee is served in capsules that are manufactured by a Canadian company called ISIV Nespresso.


Lufthansa has the largest selection of coffee. They have the standard espresso, cappuccino, and Americano, in addition to other sweet drinks. For the caffeine junkies, they even have a coffee that packs a double dose of espresso, The Black Beauty. They have cappuccinos with flavors like vanilla or caramel. Chilled coffee with fruit flavor is also available.

While not on every flight, they do offer hot chocolate, Café au Lait, hot tea (English Breakfast and Earl Grey), as well as lemonade.


You know the feeling: it’s a long flight, you’re sleepy, dozy, and your stomach is still all over the place from that steak you had for dinner. Airplane beverages can never be that good – drinkable but certainly not delicious. OK, if you’re in business class, you’ve got Champagne, but that’s about it. What to do?

When I’m on the road, I always take liquor, and it’s not because I need to get drunk. I need a quality drink because I just like the taste of liquor. Mixers and soda waters just don’t cut it … I want a drink! This way, I can avoid the regular alcoholic drinks and do not jeopardize my health.

The best part is that I can carry a lot of liquor with me without paying the high airline fees for checked bags. Just pack my liquids in three big bottles (and don’t forget to put them in your carry-on). I also use a big laptop bag to pack a lot of clothes, a jacket, a fleece lap blanket, a bag full of toiletries, and my liquor/glasses.



Beer and Wine

McEwan's beer is available on several European airlines including Easyjet and British Airways.

Brussels Airlines

One reason for coffee’s popularity is that is unflappable in various conditions. Want to add some finesse to your coffee? Then try the “Rise & Shine” which is served on Brussles Airlines. It features a shot of Hennessy XO Brandy mixed with hot cocoa, topped with melted chocolate, and finished with some whipped cream. Or if you want to take your coffee to the next level, order the “Mokati” which is sweetened with some chocolate syrup and is topped with a layer of solid chocolate. They also offer a caffeine-free option which is brewed with roasted root vegetables.


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is a very popular airline for international tourists. The airline began in 1919 and has been operating for 95 years. KLM is based in Amsterdam and it serves over 50 destinations all over the world. It has over 300 planes and around 35,000 employees flying the friendly skies. The airline is nicknamed “the Flying Dutchman.”

KLM has many specialized drinks and foods to choose from including cake spreads, cheeses, crackers, and sandwiches. If you want a drink on board, you can choose from 30 different varieties of beer. KLM offers 32 different types of wine, including 11 white wines.

The airline has 11 types of tea and 10 varieties of coffee. After your plane lands, you can enjoy a KLM coffee or tea on their flight to the next destination. KLM offers first, business, and economy class service. Sometimes, KLM even offers a complimentary first class meal service for passengers. KLM is one of the most used airlines in the world. It has been honored and recognized for its quality and safety.

Air France

One of the world’s most popular airlines, Air France, serves Arpege Aromatique herbal tea to passengers on domestic flights and Champagne on longer international flights.

The Champagne is served in a special “Sparkling Wine” designed cup. The interesting thing about these “Sparkling Wine” cups is that they’re made from wood and are plastic wrapped. This is the most environmentally friendly way to serve Champagne on an airplane.

In addition to herbal tea or Champagne, Air France also offers coffee and chocolate mousse during the flight.

The French airline uses the famous Air France phrase “Cafe Air France” to describe the coffee provided to passengers. The coffee is served in a special Air France designed cup with the Air France logo printed on it.

The coffee is made from Brazil coffee beans, and has a medium/strong taste. The coffee costs about 33 cents per cup, or a couple of dollars for a whole cup.

For those looking for a strong cup of coffee, this would be a better choice than a regular brewed coffee, but not a good choice of someone who is used to some of the stronger blends available at your local coffee shops in the US.


Kingdom of Spain is a country that is known best for its flamenco dances and national sports: bullfighting. But most Spanish people don’t even know that their country produces the best coffee in the world.

Coffee is produced mainly in the mountainous regions of La Palma, Tenerife, and Puerto Rico. The climate is a very important factor, as it is on the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where temperatures don’t go below 19 degrees Celsius, so that crops can be planted year-round.

Canary Islands are perhaps the best known coffee producer in Spain. But another Spanish region located on the other side of the world, gives us the opportunity to enjoy the best cups of coffee ever: Madrid, Spain. The capital city has in its hands a huge coffee heritage of producing and selling coffee since 1930. Some say the biggest praise of the famous drink comes from the Spanish:

  • Morning coffee is not just a beverage, it is a commitment.
  • Spanish don’t consider it breakfast if they don’t have coffee.
  • A Spanish home without coffee is like having a bull without its horns.
  • First you drink coffee alone, and then you drink coffee with friends.



While much of Europe has been enjoying exquisite coffees for centuries, coffee wasn’t introduced into North America until the seventeenth century. The first coffee tree was planted in Haiti in 1690 and then spread northward to the United States.


To save on baggage costs, Ryanair has banned coffee from being taken on the planes on one of their flights. It is up to the pilot to throw out any hot beverage. Drinks like tea, hot chocolate, and alcohol are unaffected by the ban. This unfairly targets coffee drinkers.

To prevent any unpleasantness, the company has also banned hot food, thermos flasks, and liquids that have been sealed. The saving coffee on this flight will save the airline [–] to [–] per year worth of bags. That’s quite a significant amount, as a Ryanair plane can take anywhere from 120 to 170 passengers.

Ryanair hopes that this policy will sort out a significant amount of waste and weight. They also hope that reduced delays, staff costs, and compaction will save money as well.

Coffee drinkers take note: it’s never a good sign when you’re the oddball at the airport.



In case you were curious, the world’s Largest Hot Coffee Cup (which was recently established), measures in at 64 millimeters – and is the product of a collaboration between Dutch premium coffee company Douwe Egberts and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Dutch airline KLM Boeing 777s are actually rigged to be giant coffee makers … and after your flight, there is a facility on the plane where you can go to get your coffee.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Whether it's brewed, instant, or even decaffeinated, coffee comes in all varieties. In the U.K., coffee comes on top for the most popular drink on flights. According to the Telegraph, over a quarter of people order coffee on arrival at the airport. Many airlines offer free cups of coffee on flights, as well as a wide variety of coffee brands served at airport cafes.

Coffee is a common drink on flights worldwide, from the United Kingdom to America. Many coffee connoisseurs will judge an airline by the coffee it serves. Starbucks is one of the most popular coffee brands on flights, you can often get a cup of Starbucks on flights from American to Germany or France.

Air China has one of the most sophisticated and best coffee machines in the world. The company's long-haul flights have 400 different coffee drinks to choose from. China Airlines also serves a wide variety of coffee and tea on their offerings. They're one of a handful of airlines to fly a coffee plantation in Kenya to Taiwan.

In the U.S., Southwest Airlines is known for having a good cup of joe. United Airlines offers barista-style coffee on their premium flights. Delta's in-flight drinks are prepared by the same baristas that will serve you at Starbucks.


Norwegian Air Shuttle

As you might expect from a company that flies to so many destinations around the world, Norwegian Air has a very sophisticated approach to the coffee it serves on its planes. For instance, Norwegian Air’s in-flight coffee isn’t all that different from what it serves on its ground-based planes, which is pretty amazing since it’s hard to find a decent cup of coffee in most airports. But it’s not just that; the coffee on Norwegian Air is delivered from a high-quality roastery in Salzburg, Austria.

The beans are hand-picked, but the coffee making process is highly automated, with the help of the latest technology. Starbucks, you might want to take note here! It might not be such a good idea to tout your baristas after seeing how automated the process is.

Norwegian Air’s coffee has a decidedly European flavor, with the beans sourced from a number of the major coffee producing countries in Europe.

Less coffee is always better when it comes to the quality, and Norwegian Air makes sure of that. It has an on-board coffee bar, which serves beautifully presented cups of coffee.


The national carrier of Portugal happens to have some of the best coffee in Europe. TAP, the state-owned company took home honors for best coffee in both Business Traveller and Skytrax Airline Awards.

They serve Lavazza coffee onboard, but have taken it one step further. Lavazza teamed up with the airline to help them create a specific blend for in-flight service. The custom blend (named TAP Blue) is a medium roast, with a preference for mild roasted beans.

TAP Portugal

TAP is the national airline of Portugal. It has its headquarters in the São Gonçalo Municipality, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and its main hub at Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, Portela Airport, and Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. At the end of 2009, the airline carried 6.2 million passengers.

Tap Coffee is served on all TAP flights to and from three cities in Portugal. The coffee comes from a special coffee roaster in Siseño in southern Portugal called Bica do Sapato. The coffee is destined for TAP to be served in-flight, while the other beans are shipped to other countries around the world, including New York, London, and Dubai.


Swiss International Air Lines offers a choice of three different blends of coffee: a ristretto blend, a medium roast Arabica Java Blend and a dark roast Arabica Colombian blend. The service will let you try any of the different types served to your seat, at no extra cost. The coffee is served in a ratio of three to one with hot milk, and the idea is that the ratio creates the perfect balance between a strong but silky-smooth brew.

Swiss International Airlines


On a normal flight to a vacation destination, you would always choose to land for a coffee refill. However, when you are holidaying aboard an ‧In-flight Coffee’ flight, you may prefer to continue enjoying your beverage in the skies.

The ‧In-flight Coffee’ service was launched on El Al Airlines in January 2014, and it travels up to once a week from Ben Gurion Airport to New York City (JFK) and JFK to Tel Aviv.

El Al

As mentioned, airlines have been pushing to become more like hotels ” which has meant butler service on some carriers, pillows and blankets in first class, and even multi-course meals.

These days, you can even get espresso on a plane, if you want to spring for the business-class fare. But not all airlines have a reputation for good coffee.

Airports, meanwhile, have taken the customer service a step further. Yes, there are still bars in airports. Here, they serve draft, on tap, and other drinks poured from kegs. The beer may only be slightly less watered down than what’s dispensed in the concourse.

At Luca (named after chef-owner Luca Della Casa), they serve coffee brewed with a 1950s-era espresso machine and served in a variety of sizes and coffee styles, from espresso and cappuccinos to macciatos.


In the air, nothing is more frustrating than when you want a cup of coffee in a hurry and it's nowhere to be found. The wait can make anyone feel anxious and impatient and some people have been known to illegally drink liquor from a tiny plastic bottle to calm their nerves. Now we have something that'll settle an impatient traveler's nerves, even if it is a little bit odd. Indian Airline has teamed up with an outlet called Cafe Coffee Day and is about to run a trial on their premium business class where coffee is served on demand. This means you can get your cup of Joe just as soon as you feel like having it!


Australia’s low-cost carrier, also known as “The Spirit of the South Pacific”, is not only known for its quirky marketing campaigns and bold livery on its planes, but also for serving their customers with a lovely morning breeze.

The United Arab Emirates

Again, this is just for fun, but, if you have a coffee fan in your life who travels internationally, it’s a fun way to recognize them. A great way to present this is for instance, in the form of Starbucks gift cards.


Serving coffee on board an airplane is not a new thing. In fact, it is said that the history of aeronautical coffee service dates back to the 1930s. These days, you can find coffee not just in regular cups, but also in less-traditional vessels. Caffeinated beverages are often served in paper cups, plastic cups, glasses, and even in mini-jars. Coffee is one of the main staples of in-flight catering, and on many airlines, its quality is a priority.

When you purchase an airline ticket, you often get the choice of buying an intra-air transport coffee or another beverage. Price is usually not the difference. Some planes, especially those that fly short routes, have coffee machines on board instead of dedicated flight attendants. Still, all partaking aircraft usually have a fleet of flight attendants in charge of coffee. These crew members have to be prepared for the overwhelming spread of cheesy airplane coffee puns that they’ve sure to hear when they’re serving coffee.


FlyDubai is a low-cost airline that launched operations in 2008 with flights between Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. As an airline that’s primarily focused on the Middle East, it aims to be an alternative to Etihad and Emirates for travelers from India and Southeast Asia.

With a fleet of Boeing 737-800NG’s, the airline flies to over 60 destinations across the Middle East, India, Asia, Europe, the United States, and Australia. It has a code-share agreement with the Delta Airlines and the United Airlines, which allows FlyDubai access to a larger flight network.


China Eastern Airlines’ website says it serves coffee sourced from plantations throughout the world, but the beans actually come from a plantation in eastern China.

This is a practice that’s fairly common in Chinese airlines, and one safety regulator, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority, has gone so far as to ban its crews from drinking the stuff.

Xiamen Air

Regular coffee cups are made from recycled materials, but they still mostly end up in landfills. And the paper cups used on airplanes don't biodegrade as quickly as they would on the ground. When it's served a beverage, you have to then carefully tuck that cup into a cup holder: It can tip over if you don't, and even if you do, shifting around your seat can cause it to spill. That means that there's a lot of paper-waste during flights.

Recently, an airline in China decided to tackle that problem by creating a biodegradable coffee cup that turns into an eco-friendly bag that passengers can use to carry their shopping from the airport to their homes.

The Xiamen Airline said that the cups used on its flights have already been certified as airline safe. Screenshot: Newsflare

Xiamen Airline is getting creative with coffee cups to help solve one of the world's biggest waste problem: the billions of paper cups used on flights that end up in landfills. Instead of paper cups, most airlines are starting to offer compostable cups made by Aptoyu. Aptoyu says its cups can make their way into landfills in just 12 weeks.

Air China

Air China has quickly become one of the most popular carriers in the country. With a variety of Airbus and Boeing aircrafts and several international destinations, the airline has won the hearts of many business travelers and vacationers. Coffee is a common drink for travelers of all kinds. Air China sells coffee in-flight, and also uses a variety of different coffee brands.

The coffee served by the airline has some interesting aspects to it that are quite different from other airlines. First off, the coffee is served in a very large cup that resembles a bowl. This is offered in order to remove the bad taste in coffee and will be served at a much higher altitude. The higher altitude, along with a paper filter in the cup, reduces the burning sensation that you often get when drinking a strong cup of coffee.

You are also given snacks with your coffee. These snacks appear to be similar to the ones that are normally served in China, but are actually intended for businesspeople and are meant to help them focus while they are in the air. In particular, these snacks have the most nutrients that are beneficial to your body. In addition to the snacks, you will also be given a blanket that allows you to sleep and relax while flying.


Japan Airlines

Coffee Tasting

Food on airlines used to be considered secondary to the airline’s primary function, so it was usually provided as a bare minimum. In Japan, food on an airline is a different story. The meals have become a point of discussion, and gourmet options provide healthy upgrades for airline passengers. Japan Airlines’ best gourmet dining is the coffee. On a domestic flight, JAL provides free coffee to all their customers. Hot and cold coffee is available, according to the time of day. Once on the plane, customers can choose from Starbucks, Italy’s Lavazza, Peet’s, Japan’s Suntory, and Colombia’s Juan Valdez.

All Nippon Airways


CULINARY MASTERPIECE on ANA flights is the Caffe Mayfair coffee, which consists of premium-grade, single-origin beans from the Cerrado region of Brazil. The beans are roasted to retain the coffee’s natural flavor and aroma. The process involves a relatively low temperature for a longer period of time, which prevents the beans from getting overly charred, and guarantees the beans are evenly roasted instead of over- or under-roasted.

The beans are blended using a cold drip brewing method, before they are put through several rounds of roasting. This method is used by the most highly regarded specialty coffee houses, and results in a different flavor than what you’d get with a hot drip method.

Cold drip coffee is extracted from the coffee grounds by dripping water over the grounds, also described as a “slow brew.” It produces an exceptionally flavorful coffee, but the downside is that it’s more difficult to control the water temperature, which means that the beans may become over-extracted (tasting stale). Another downside is that this method takes at least 6 hours to complete.

Hong Kong

Besides being one of the few international airlines to omit First Class, Hong Kong Airlines is also known for its outstanding food and beverage. The food onboard is prepared by a Michelin-starred chef and is served by cabin crew who truly are masters of their crafts.

For many people, one of the biggest highlights of flying is the food. And Hong Kong Airlines understands this. They offer a variety of meals onboard that are sure to please any palette. They also have special menus that they offer on specific flights. Not only are they popular with passengers, but the meals on the Hong Kong Airlines are award-winners as well. They have won a number of awards for their food and beverage services, including the “Everest Award”, multiple Hong Kong Tourism Awards, and they’ve been featured the James Beard Foundation Award.

Cathay Pacific

Travel can be stressful, especially when it involves long periods of time and numerous layovers. To combat the stress of flying, many airlines have decided to offer WiFi and power outlets, but some others are taking it a step further.

Many airlines, like Singapore Airlines, offer compact USB battery packs for smartphones and other electronic devices, making it easy to keep all your devices charged during your flight.

Now, British Airways has announced that they have compact coffee makers so that you can enjoy fresh coffee while you’re aloft. The coffee maker is fully programmable and makes up to 2 cups per brew. It also includes a reusable, easy-to-fill water tank and has a timer with auto shut-off.

The coffee-maker is currently available on British Airways Boeing 787-9s.


In the Singapore Airlines welcome onboard brochure you will find information about the “Singapore Airlines Coffee Service”.

The washroom is a private domain, and they are not to be entered without permission, now you have to ask yourself if you need to go. You can always take a break at the bar for a refill on some bubbly, while enjoying the latest movies and becoming quite chatty with your new acquaintances.

Once again you sit back, relax and enjoy your other favourite pastime “ snooze.

A real coffee lover, well at least in this case, is the Singapore airlines.

The “Singapore Airlines Coffee Service” consists of one shot of espresso and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. It is optional and it is likely that you don’t need any help to wake up, but a nice touch, as long as you want the drink.

It is held together by two custom-made clips, the cup and the espresso is not just held together, but helped to fit the cup more easily.

A neatly done drink.

Singapore Airlines

(SQ) flies the world's first coffee flight

The private lounge at Changi Airport is known far and wide as a destination in its own right, literally domestic and international fliers visit the terminal to pass through the lounge before their flight and not board the plane. The SIA Sofitel lets you use the lounge for free before flying on one of their premium long-haul flights, so it's not surprising that the baristas at the lounge frequently come up with new and experimental drinks that far surpass what you would find at any regular coffee shop in the terminal. On June 12, 2011, they had a hit with the world's first coffee flight and it, unsurprisingly, stole the show.


The carrier serves Ippon Mushi Coffee, which you can either have as espresso, long black, or hot chocolate. The coffee comes in a pouch, and one pouch yields three cups of coffee. The coffee spent nine years as a popular drink in Japan before it made its way to Malaysia Airlines.

You can also get high-flying caffeine from Singapore Airlines. The airline offers three different in-flight coffees – and you can order them all in one go.

The first is a cappuccino, which is made with coffee beans extracted from the rich soils of South Central Tanzania, roasted in Singapore and then infused and steamed in an espresso machine.

Next there is the Singapore Blend. The beans are smoked over pinewood and soaked in a unique blend of spices. The process is closely guarded, but do try to pepper the crew to chat away about it.

Finally, there is the Sumatran Dark Roast, made with beans from Indonesia and roasted in Singapore. The result is a dark roast with a distinct coffee finish.

If you are flying with Air New Zealand, you can have a cup of freshly brewed coffee as soon as you board the plane. The coffee is brewed by an expert barista right at your seat. He doesn’t actually fly with you, though. The coffee is stored in a sterile box and fastened to your seat.

Malaysian Airlines

Malaysian Airlines has been servicing customers ever since 1957. Flying to over 80 destinations, Malaysian Airlines provides great service with awesome coffee!

Malaysian Airlines does not just provide passengers with coffee, it also provides them with the means to cleanse their pallet. You can get a cup of ice popsicles to help cleanse your pallet!


In order to keep the caffeine coming, airline workers are tasked with improving the beverage options for their customers. The options range from maintaining ever-popular items to creating new concoctions. Safety is the No. 1 concern for the coffee preparers, but airlines are always looking to try something new and exciting.

Coffee is popular, and the following airlines offer their own take on this favorite drink.

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia offers a "Kopi-O" on board its aircraft. This coffee is made with condensed milk, giving it a rich creamy flavor. Virgin Australia serves their Kopi-O served with a single or double shot of espresso.

Etihad Airways

Etihad offers a Vanilla Latte, made with freshly ground vanilla beans. The vanilla flavor helps mask the taste of the espresso so you can taste flavor the vanilla bean rather than the espresso.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways offers a Raspberry Coffee Frappuccino. This drink is made with coffee, raspberry syrup, and steamed milk. The coffee and the raspberry syrup together give the Frappuccino a unique taste.

Turkish Airlines

If you want your coffee with an aeronautical theme, then you’ll want to travel first class with Turkish Airlines in Turkey.

Your first class coffee will be served on-board in a stainless steel cup and saucer. The cup and saucer both have the emblem of the Turkish Airlines first class.

For those of you with a growing appetite, opt for the “continental breakfast option.” Your breakfast option is served in a dish that is reminiscent of a porthole and comes with a cup of coffee.


For a coffee enthusiast, nothing beats a coffee served on a sunny morning with a beautiful view and a clear blue sky, but that’s usually hard to pull off on an airplane. Airline companies are aware of this challenge and work to ameliorate this situation by serving coffee on airplanes. The design, taste, and service vary from airline to airline. Among the best services offered by airline companies is Qatar Airways, which offers four different kinds of coffee made from organic Arabica beans. The different varieties are prepared by “Qatar’s official coffee maker La Pavoni” and prepared by talented chefs in order to give you the best experience.

Qatar’s four varieties of coffee are karak, Arabic Coffee, Special Arabica, and white coffee. The coffee services are provided on a daily basis to give you a smooth and delicious taste. Not only does the quality of coffee served help fulfill your coffee needs on a plane, but overall the service meets and exceeds all expectations of a coffee enthusiast, claiming to be the best in business.

Qatar Airlines

You can get a coffee with Bailey's Irish Cream and a biscotti from Italy. And don't forget to stuff your face with a chocolate chip cookie.

These treats are available on the newly refreshed Qatar Airways flights to their Doha hub. These flights will also let passengers pick from a wide variety of whiskey, champagne and wine.

If you feel like you want a snack, you can choose from several munchies, including dates stuffed with almonds. For a post-meal treat, there are even shrimp or cheese-stuffed olives.

“This is Mr. Q. If you don’t have what you want, we now have nothing to apologize for.” (Qatar Airlines)

This rather extravagant beverage list is a first for the airline industry. And you can order all of your drinks and snacks on your next flight directly through your IFE!

So crack open a complimentary drink and enjoy your flight!

(Oh, and passengers still have the opportunity to stick with the conventional snacks offered on other airlines. All of the decadent goodies are optional.)


“Using the culinary offerings on flights, we are trying to create a feast for the senses,” said Qatar CEO Akbar Al Baker to Arabian Business.