Special meals on Air New Zealand flights

Our pre-order special meals cater for a wide range of dietary and cultural needs including gluten intolerance, vegetarian, diabetic, and infants and children.

A range of special meals are available on our long haul international services. On Australian and Pacific Island flights we offer a non-dairy vegetarian, gluten intolerant, and children's meals when the fare purchased includes a meal. 

Our special meals are available to anyone with an Air New Zealand international ticket, except Seat or Seat + Bag fares and on our NZ7000 series flights operated by Virgin Australia.

Ordering a special meal to suit your dietary requirement

To ensure availability of your preference, special meals must be ordered at least 24 hours before your flight is due to depart. If booking online, you can request a special meal at the same time you enter passenger details in the booking process. If you are already booked, please contact Air New Zealand with your booking reference to arrange a special meal.

If you are on a connecting flight with another airline and you need a special meal, please contact that airline directly to organise your food on board.

View sample menus of the fresh, innovative cuisine we offer on board Air New Zealand flights as part of our regular inflight service.

 

Gluten intolerant meal
(GFML)

This meal is suitable for gluten intolerant but not gluten allergic or dairy intolerant customers (gluten – a protein of wheat, oats, barley or rye).

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Salad, fruit, fish, lean meats, vegetables, dairy products and rice.

Customers requiring gluten free are welcome to bring their own food onboard to ensure they aren’t exposed to possible glutens.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Vegetarian meal
(VGML)

This meal is suitable for Vegans or pure vegetarian customers following a strict vegetarian diet.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Fresh fruit and vegetables.

It will not contain: fish, meat, dairy, egg or animal products or by-products.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Lacto ovo meal (VLML)

This meal is suitable for vegetarian customers who consume egg and/or dairy products.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Vegetables, fruit, dairy products and eggs.

It will not contain: meat or fish

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 

Oriental meal (VOML)

This meal is available for vegetarian customers and is prepared in an Oriental or Chinese style.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Fresh fruit and vegetables.

It will not contain: Fish, meat, dairy, egg or animal products or by-products.

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 

Jain meal (VJML)

This meal is prepared Indian style according to Jain customs.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Fruit and stem vegetables that grow above the ground.

It will not contain: Animal products or by products, root vegetables i.e. ginger, garlic, potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, radishes or beets etc

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 

Diabetic meal
(DBML)

This meal is suitable for customers with diabetes (high sugar levels) and is a low or no added sugar meal.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Lean meats, vegetables, fresh fruit, butter, low fat milk and plain yoghurt.

It will not contain: sugar (some sugar substitutes may be used).

 Yes

 Yes

Available for Premium Economy, and Economy fares to/from Bali, Honolulu, Perth and Papeete 

 

Baby meal
(BBML)

This meal is available for customers travelling with an infant/s. A range of pureed packaged proprietary brand infant food is available on our flights, but we recommend parents carry preferred food for their babies.

Yes

Yes

No

 

Child meal
(CHML)

This meal is suitable for children, not infants, who can eat solid foods and are travelling on fares that include a meal option e.g. Works.  

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Milk and dairy products, fish, fries, chicken, pasta, chocolate, crackers, crisps, fruit and fruit juices.

Note: This meal is specifically designed for 2 to 5 year olds.

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Low-fat meal
(LFML)

This meal is suitable for customers wishing to follow a fat restricted diet.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Rice, potatoes, fish, lean meats, egg whites, cottage cheese, margarine, cereals, wholegrain bread and fruit.

It will not contain: Egg yolks, fatty meats, milk, cream or cheese.

Yes 

 Yes

No

 

Fruit platter meal
(FPML)

This meal is suitable for customers wishing to follow a fruit only diet.

This contains fruit.

Yes 

 Yes

No 

 
Hindu vegetarian meal
(AVML)

This meal is suitable for vegetarian customers and is usually prepared in a spicy Indian style with limited use of dairy products.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Vegetables, fruit and milk products.

It will not contain: Fish, meat or eggs.

Yes 

 Yes

No

 
Hindu meal 
(HNML)

This meal is prepared according to Hindu customs and respecting Hindu dietary practices and beliefs and is suitable for non-vegetarians.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Chicken, fish, lamb, eggs, milk and dairy products.

It will not contain: beef.

 Yes

 Yes

 No

 
Kosher meal
(KSML)

This meal contains ingredients chosen, prepared and served in accordance with Jewish dietary laws and customs.

Please note: Kosher meals are not available on flights from Rarotonga.

Yes

 Yes, all flights to Apia, Nadi, Papeete and Tonga require 4 days' notice. Not guaranteed if requested within 4 days of travel. 

No

 
Muslim meal 
(MOML)

This meal contains ingredients chosen, prepared and served in accordance with Muslim dietary laws and customs.

This may contain one or more of the following ingredients: Fish, chicken, lamb, vegetables eggs, fruit and dairy products.

It will not contain: Pork or pork products, gelatine, alcohol, non-Halal prepared meats, shellfish or any other animal by-products; no Haram (forbidden) products will be used.

Available on flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Narita, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Buenos Aires, and Vancouver

Available on flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Narita, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Buenos Aires, and Vancouver

 No

Self-catering

If you can't find a suitable meal from the options we offer, you're welcome to bring your own food. Please ensure it doesn't require heating or refrigeration. Also remember to plan your meal around the security screening restrictions on liquids, pastes and gels.

Peanut, nut and other food allergies

We do not use peanuts, peanut products or derivatives of peanuts in our meals. However we cannot exclude trace elements of peanuts from the aircraft, as Air New Zealand's in-flight meals are prepared at over 20 kitchens globally.

Other nuts are used in our meals and served as a pre-dinner snack in Business class. Peanut snacks aren't served in any class. Unfortunately we cannot alter meals or snacks or remove them from flights.

As we cannot control what is brought on board or left behind by other passengers, we are unable to provide an allergen-free environment.

Allergy medication

If you have allergy concerns, we recommend you travel with prescribed medication and, if necessary, someone to help you take it in an emergency. Read about Air New Zealand's position on food allergies. Our cabin crew are not allowed to administer medication, however our international services carry a comprehensive physician's kit for use by any doctor on board. Further information around medical conditions and clearance to travel can be found on our Medical conditions page.