Order Gluten Free, Non-Lactose & Special Airline Meals

Many global airlines provide special meals when traveling by air. The selection & quality of these meals significantly varies from airline to airline. When booking your flight, inform the airlines that you need to order a special meal & provide the standard special meal code.

Note: majority of airline computer systems can only address one meal code as a requirement. A few of the 25 standard meal codes used by the airline industry around the world for special dietary meals are provided below:

GFML (Gluten Free Meal)
Indicates no wheat, rye, barley or their derivatives

NLML (Non-Lactose Meal)
Indicates no milk, cheese, dairy or their derivatives

PFML (Peanut Free Meal)
 
Indicates no peanuts or its derivatives

FPML (Fruit Plate Meal)
Contains fresh fruits & possible bakery item

DBML (Diabetic Meal)
Indicates no refined sugars, syrups, jams, cakes, chocolates, etc.

VGML (Vegan Meal)
Indicates no meat, fish, seafood, eggs, honey, dairy products or their derivatives

SFML (Seafood Meal)
Contains only seafood items

RVML (Raw-Vegetarian Meal)
Indicates raw vegetables and fruit

Some international airline carriers specify on their websites if they offer the more commonly requested meals to travelers including: gluten free meals (GFML), non-lactose meals (NLML), peanut free meals (PFML), fruit plate meals (FPML) and seafood meals (SFML).

The following guidelines will help you to order and receive gluten free, allergy friendly, diabetic, vegan and healthy meals while traveling by air.

    • Although most airline carriers offer special diet meals, it is necessary to make airline personnel aware of your needs in advance.

    • Airlines that offer special meals typically need advance notification anywhere between 24 to 96 hours to ensure that your desired meal is ready at the time of your departure.

    • Confirm your meal request directly with the airline or with your travel agent prior to your departure.

    • Be sure to pack some snacks as a precautionary measure, just in case your flight is delayed, plans change or an error is made with your meal. Long haul flights can be particularly difficult if you do not have anything to eat during your travels!

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Global Airline Listing of Special Diet Meals

Below is a chart of global airlines indicating the availability of these five types of meals. Be sure to contact your preferred airline to order your desired special meal for your flight.

Airline Name

Country

Notification Policy

GF

NL

PF

FP

SF

Aer Lingus

Ireland

24 hours

Aeroflot

Russia

72 hours

Aerolineas

Argentina

When booking

AeroMexico

Mexico

48 hours

Air Canada

Canada

24 hours

Air France

France

24 - 48 hours for Kosher

Air India

India

When booking

Air Malta

Malta

72 hours

Air New Zealand

New Zealand

48 hours

Air Pacific

Fiji

When booking

Air Tahiti Nui

Tahiti

When booking

Air Transat

Canada

72 hours

Alitalia

Italy

When booking

American Airlines

USA

8-24 hours

America West

USA

Only in 1st class - 48 hours

Asiana Airlines

South Korea

When booking

Austrian Airlines

Austria

24 hours

Britannia Airways

UK

3 days

British Airways

UK

24 - 48 hours for Kosher

British Midland

UK

24 - 48 hours for Kosher

Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong

24 hours

China Airlines

China

24 hours

Continental Airlines

USA

24 hours

CSA Czech Airlines

Czech Republic

When booking

Delta Airlines

USA

12 hours

El Al

Israel

24 hours

Emirates

United Arab Emirates

24 hours

Estonian Air

Estonia

When booking

Eurowings

Germany

When booking

Eva Airways

Taiwan

When booking

Far Eastern Air Transport

Taiwan

When booking

Finnair

Finland

24 hours

Gulf Air

Bahrain

24 hours

Iberia

Spain

When booking

Iceland Air

Iceland

24 hours

Japan Airlines

Japan

24 - 72 hours

Kenya Airways

Kenya

24 - 48 hours for Kosher

KLM/Northwest

Netherlands / USA

36 hours

Korean Air

Korea

When booking

LAN Airlines

Chile

When booking

Lithuanian Airlines

Lithuania

24 hours

Lufthansa

Germany

When booking

Luxair

Luxembourg

When booking

Malev

Hungary

When booking

Olympic Airlines

Greece

When booking

Qantas

Australia

48 hours

SAS

Sweden

24 hours

SATA

Portugal

When booking

Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudi Arabia

When booking

Singapore Airlines

Singapore

24 hours

South African Airlines

South Africa

72 hours

Swiss Int'l Airlines

Switzerland

72 hours

TAM Airlines

Brazil

When booking

TAP Air Portugal

Portugal

48 hours

Thai Airlines

Thailand

48 hours

Turkish Airlines

Turkey

When booking

United Airlines

USA

24 hours

US Air

USA

24 hours

Varig

Brazil

24 hours

Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam

24 hours

Virgin Atlantic

UK

72 hours


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