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Recent flights to, from, and around Norway gave me the opportunity to compare the on-board menu offerings of two airlines: one low-cost (Ryanair) and one premium (SAS). Which one would you expect had the best variety of offerings at the lowest price? You may just be surprised by the answer…
Ryanair offers a number of hot meals, such as cheeseburgers, panini, or sweet and sour chicken, ranging in price from €5-6. Cold sandwiches, cereal and milk, or cup-o-soup options come in between €2 and €4.50.
SAS offers hot or cold sandwiches on select flights for €6. Cup-o-soup runs €3.
Morning flights on SAS in Norway offer free breakfast sandwiches. In Denmark, a similar breakfast menu will cost you €7.
Verdict: Ryanair offers a much greater selection of meals at cheaper prices than SAS. Vegetarians will likely have only one option on either airline.
For snackers, Ryanair sells a wide selection of candy bars, granola bars, chips, cookies, crackers, nuts, rice cakes, and even olives, starting at €1 and maxing out at €3.50.
SAS offers a much smaller selection of snacks – crackers, chips, nuts, muffins – for €2-3 per item.
Verdict: Ryanair has your snacking needs fully covered at convenience store prices. You’ll have a hard time finding a better deal in the airport!
On, Ryanair, basic spirits (whisky, gin, vodka, and rum) are €5.60, tiny cans of juice or soda are €3-3.50. Beer or cider in normal cans is €5, red or white wine is €6, premixed cocktails €7.50. A hot beverage, such as coffee, tea, or cocoa, costs €3.
SAS offers free coffee and tea on all flights in Norway; the same will cost you €2 on Danish flights. Regular cans of soda are €4. Beer in normal cans is €5, red or white wine is €7. On Danish flights, all beverages are €1 cheaper, and a wider variety of spirits are on offer, with cocktail mixers on special for €6.
Verdict: If free is your number, then SAS Norway is the winner. For alcoholic drinks, SAS Denmark offers the best value. Ryanair’s tiny sizing takes scrimping to the extreme and puts them at a disadvantage in this category.