What to expect from airlines when it comes to food and drink

Our research found the majority of airlines include a small snack and drinks on short haul flights. Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Quantas Group, Virgin Atlantic and Thai Airways provide a range of meal options, hot, cold and alcoholic beverages all inclusive in the price of a ticket. At the other end of the scale, budget airlines such as BMI Baby, EasyJet, Flybe and Ryanair charge for all snacks, meals and drinks. Other airlines including Japan Airlines, Monarch and US Airways charge for snacks and meals but do provide complimentary tea, coffee and water.

Some airlines such as Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, EasyJet and United Airlines offer money saving deals in the form of snack boxes which typically include crisps, chocolate, crackers and cheese. A snack box will cost between £4.50 and £8.00 depending on your airline and choice of snack box. Monarch offer an online discount if you order your meal online at least 24 hours before your flight.

Food & Drink Menu for Long & Short Haul Flights on Virgin Atlantic,US Airways, United Airlines, Thai Airways, South African Airways, SAS Group, Ryanair, Quantas Group, Monarch Airlines, Lufthansa Group, KLM, Japan Airlines, Iberia, Flybe, Emirates, easyJet, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines, CathayPacific, British Midlands BMI, British Airways, BMI Baby, Atlantic Airways, American Airlines, Air New Zealand, Alitalia, Air France and Aer Lingus.

AIRLINE Short-Haul
Food and drink options (hot/cold/vegan/wheat-free/alcohol/soft drinks etc)
Short-Haul
Food and drink prices
Long-Haul
Food and drink options
Long-Haul
Food and drink prices
Pre-book available?
Other meal options available?
Aer Lingus Sky Café service includes hot beverages, muffins, biscuits, smoothies, soft drinks, spirits, beer and more.Breakfast available for £7.90 on morning flights.Sandwiches, pizza and hot Panini’s served on all afternoon flights.Alcoholic beverages are served on all flights except those to/from Riga. Tea: £2.00
Sandwich: £4.50
Breakfast Meal £7.90
Bacon Baguette £4.40
Free hot-meal provided.Business Class Flights: Pre departure champagne service. Bar service & hot canapés. Hot lunch service. Dessert & cheese service. Evening snack service. On flights to the US: generally receive one full meal and one snack per flight (varies by length of flight) plus free drinks. Passengers who have special dietary requirements for medical or religious reasons, or may be traveling with small children, can request a suitable alternative meal 24 hours prior to flying.Special Meals Available:
Childs Meal
Diabetic Meal
Gluten Intolerant Meal
Kosher Meal
Low Fat Meal
Low Lactose
Low Salt
Muslim
Vegetarian Lacto- Ovo Meal
Vegetarian Vegan Meal
Air France Passengers will receive a meal and an assortment of beverages suitable to the time of day they will be flying. Passengers will generally receive one full meal, one snack and free drinks in the price of the ticket. Passengers will generally receive one full meal, one snack and free drinks in the price of the ticket. There may be a charge for onboard meals if the Air France flight is operated by one of their partner airlines. Special menus (vegetarian, kosher, halal, etc.) are available on flights of 2 hours and 30 minutes or more. Passengers can order these online when booking your flight.
Alitalia Hot meals, Snacks and drinks are included in the price of the ticket. N/A Hot meals, Snacks and drinks are included in the price of the ticket. N/A Passengers can request specialty meals 24 hours prior to flying.Meal options:
Bland
Diabetic
Gluten free
Low calorie
Low cholesterol
Lactose free
Fish
Vegan
Vegetarian (including dairy products and eggs)
RELIGIOUS MEALS
Asian vegetarian
Kosher
Muslim
HinduChildren Meals:
Children from 0-2
Children from 2-12
Air New Zealand Food and drink is not included in the price of the ticket although tea, coffee and water is complimentary.Passengers will be able to buy food, drinks and snacks though the seat back entertainment system. N/A N/A Complimentary meals and drinks including alcoholic beverages are available on all long haul flights. Snacks on demand are also available on certain routes via the inflight entertainment system.Pre book – 21 special meals including childrens are available on request Passengers can request a specialty meal when booking their flight.
American Airlines Choice of main course and beverage service. N/A N/A Choice of main course and beverage service. A variety of special meals can be requested for customers with specific dietary requirements or medical conditions. These need to be pre-ordered at least 24 hours prior flying
Atlantic Airways Meals are included in the price of the ticket. N/A N/A Meals are included in the price of the ticket. If passengers require a child’s meal they will need to select this option at the time of booking
BMI Baby Hot and cold drinks, alcohol, sandwiches, snacks and confectionary can be purchased from the menu in the in-flight magazine. Tea: £2.00Sandwich £3.50 N/A Hot and cold drinks, alcohol, sandwiches, snacks and confectionary can be purchased from the menu in the in-flight magazine. N/A
British Airways Free drinks and limited snacks on all short haul flights are included in the price of the ticket. Free N/A Passengers will be provided with one full meal and one snack per flight. Drinks are served free of charge. Passengers that have special dietary requirements can request a special or medical meal through Manage My BookingMedical meals are available to all long haul customersBland
Diabetic
Fresh Fruit
Gluten Intolerant
Low calorie
Low fat
Low salt
Low lactose
British Midlands BMI Passengers will be served a hot breakfast panini with orange juice, tea and coffee before 9.30am.After 9.30 am  passengers will be served a complimentary sandwich followed by hot and cold beverages.Passengers can purchase snacks and drinks from the in-flight menu. Soft drinks £1.50Alcoholic £3.50Chocolate £1.50Pringles £1.50 N/A Passengers will receive a complimentary meal with a choice of hot entrée and bar service.A choice of international and modern cuisine.Complimentary soft and alcoholic drinks. N/A
Cathay Pacific Meals and refreshments included on all flights. N/A N/A Meals and refreshments included on all flights. Passengers that require a Kosher Meal through Manage My Booking, will need to allow at least 48 hours before their scheduled flightPassengers that require any other specialty meal will have to order their meal 24 hours before their scheduled flight
Continental Airlines Passengers will receive a meal suitable to the time of flying.Complimentary beverages are available on all flights. Snack boxes prices between £4.50 and £5.20
Pringles £3.00
Hot Breakfast £5.99
Cheeseburger £5.00
Chicken Salad £5.90
Thai Chicken Wrap £5.30
Asian Noodle Salad £3.40
N/A Passengers will receive a meal suitable to the time of flyingComplimentary beverages are available on all flights.All meals on transatlantic flights are complimentary. Special Meals are available but will have to be requested 24 hours prior to flyingChild Meal
Gluten Intolerant
Asian & Hindu Vegetarian
Jain
Kosher
Muslim
Vegan
Delta Air Lines In-flight snack menu available. Wraps & Rolls £5.00Snack boxes £3.00 N/A Passengers will receive a  complimentary meal service on most international flights six hours or more.In-flight snack menu available. Passengers can request a specialty meal 24 hours prior to flyingAsian
Baby
Child
Bland
Diabetic
Gluten-free
Hindu
Kosher
Low-calorie
Low-cholesterol   Low-fat        Low-sodium
Muslim
Passover
Vegetarian (lacto-ovo)
Vegetarian (pure)
easyJet Passengers can purchase food and drink from the in-flight menu . Tea: £2.30Sandwich: £4.00Money saving menu options are available. N/A Passengers can purchase food and drink from the in-flight menu . N/A
Emirates Passengers will receive a range of complimentary drinks. N/A N/A A large selection of food is available for passengers. Emirates offer a selection of specialty meals. Specialty meals must be booked at least 24 hours prior to flightAsian
Hindu
Bland
Diabetic
Fruit Platter
Gluten Free
Low Calorie
Low Cholesterol Child
Baby
Vegetarian
Oriental
Raw Veg
Seafood
Champagne Cakes
Flybe A wide selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches are available to purchase on board. Tea: £2.10Sandwich: £3.50 N/A A wide selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches are available to purchase on board. N/A
Iberia Snacks available from in-flight menu Sandwich & Drink £6.50Soft Drink £1.50Coffee £1.20Chocolate £1.20

Money saving drink and snack combinations are available from the in-flight menu.

N/A Passengers will receive one full meal and one snack per flight (varies by length of flight) plus free drinks. N/A
Japan Airlines Complimentary bottles of mineral water are provided to passengers.Meals are included in the ticket however extra snacks can be purchased from in-flight menu. N/A N/A Complimentary bottles of mineral water are provided to passengersSnacks, meals and beverages are complimentary. Special Dietary Meals need to be ordered 24 hours prior to flightAsian
Hindu
Bland
Diabetic
Fruit Platter
Gluten Free
Low Calorie
Low Cholesterol
Child
Baby
Vegetarian
Oriental
Raw Veg
Seafood
KLM On flights before 9.00am passengers will receive a breakfast sandwich.Snacks are provided on short flights. N/A N/A Passengers will receive regular meals, snack and drinks free of charge. Passengers that require specialty meals will need to pre book meal 24 hours before flying
Lufthansa Group  Free drinks and limited snacks on all short haul flights.A breakfast sandwich is provided if flight is before 9.00 am. N/A N/A Passengers will receive a meal, one snack and drinks free of charge. Passengers who require special food have a choice of 19 different meals.
Monarch Airlines Meals can be purchased when booking flight.Free filter coffee or tea. Tea: £2.00Sandwich: £3.50Online discount available. N/A Free filter coffee or tea. Passengers can book meals when they make their flight booking.Specialty meals are not available on scheduled flights, however there are healthy options available to purchase from the in-flight menu.
Quantas Group Complimentary meals or refreshments are included on all flights. N/A N/A Complimentary meals or refreshments are included on all flights. Passengers that require a specialty meal will need to request on at the time of booking.
 Ryanair Passengers can purchase snacks and a wide variety of beverages from the menu that is available in the in-flight magazine. Tea: £2.10Sandwich: £3.55 N/A N/A Passengers are allowed to bring their own food on board if needed.
SAS Group Drinks and snacks are available from in flight menu. Coffee & muffin £4.50Snack and beer £5.00Sandwich & drink £5.00Candy box £7.00

Tapas & wine £12.50

N/A N/A Special meals are available on intercontinental flights.All special meals must be ordered at least 24 hours before departure.Special meals can not be offered on Domestic flights or flights between the Scandinavian countries, nor in Economy class on European routesDiabetic
No gluten
Low calorie
No lactose
Low fat
No salt
Hindu
Kosher
Moslem
Asian vegetarian
Baby meal
Child meal
Vege-strict
Vego-lacto ovo
Sea food
South African Airways Food and drink included in flight. N/A N/A Food and drink included in flight. Special meals are offered on selected flights only.Special meals must be requested at least 24 hours before flying.
Thai Airways Passengers will receive a wide variety of food and drink options that are included in ticket price N/A N/A Passengers will receive a wide variety of food and drink options that are included in ticket price Passengers can request a specialty meal at least 24 hours before flying.
United Airlines Complimentary meal.Complimentary soft drinks, juices, tea and Starbucks® coffee.Passengers can purchase alcoholic beverages from the in-flight menu. Snack box available at around £4.30 N/A Complimentary meal service.Complimentary soft drinks, juices, tea and Starbucks® coffee.You can purchase alcoholic beverages from the in-flight menu. Passengers can place their special meal request when booking their flight or by calling Reservations at least 24 hours before scheduled flight time.
US Airways Meals and snacks can be purchased on selected US Airways flights over 3.5 hours.Soft drinks are provided free of charge. Breakfast bagel sandwich £5.00Fruit and cheese platter £5.00Café Snack £2.80 N/A Meals and snacks can be purchased on selected US Airways flights over 3.5 hours.Soft drinks are provided free of charge. Special meals are only available on transatlantic flights.Special meals must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.
Virgin Atlantic Complimentary meals and drinks including alcoholic beverages. N/A N/A Complimentary meals and drinks including alcoholic beverages. Special meals need to be ordered at least 48 hours before the flight.

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