Dietary Required Meals

A dietary required meal is a meal that can be requested for a customer’s dietary requirements, medical needs or religious beliefs. 

You can use this guide to assist you in booking and servicing your customer's dietary required meal requests.

Effective 16 December 2020 temporary changes to inflight services for Australian domestic and International flights- read more.

With the recommencement of international flights effective 1 November 2021 certain meals will be available for your customer.

Important!

Qantas requires dietary required meals to be requested a minimum of 24 hours prior to scheduled departure. Kosher meals should be requested a minimum of 36 hours prior to scheduled departure.

General Information

What Dietary Required Meals are Available on Qantas Flights?

With the recommencement of international flights, the following meals will be available for your customer:
* From 1 November 2021
** From 18 December 2021

Medical

Code Dietary required meal Alternative name Can contain Does not contain
*DBML Diabetic meal Low sugar
Low salt
Low fat
Balanced complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre; low in fat; low in salt Fried foods, added sugar, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
*GFML Gluten and dairy friendly meal Gluten Restricted
Gluten Intolerance
Coeliac Disease
Wheat Free
Low lactose
Gluten free breads, grains, soy milk Wheat, rye, oats, barley or malt, any milk or milk products, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
BLML Bland Meal Low Seasoning
No garlic or onion
Low fat dairy products, vegetables, white rice/pasta, white bread, eggs and egg products Fried foods, highly seasoned foods, garlic, onion, alcohol, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products

Religious / Cultural

Code Dietary required meal Alternative name Can contain Does not contain
**HNML Hindu Meal No beef, veal or beef products Lamb, goat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, rice, fruits and/or vegetables Beef, beef derivatives, veal, pork, raw fish, smoked fish, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
*KSML Kosher Meal Food according to Jewish Laws Cattle, game, poultry that have been processed according to Jewish Law, dairy from Kosher animals Foods that have not been prepared according to Jewish religious specifications, does not combine meal and milk, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
*MOML Moslem Meal No pork or pork products
No alcohol
Halal
Halal produced meat (beef, lamb) and poultry (chicken, turkey), fish with scales from approved sources, dairy products, eggs and egg products Pork, or pork by-products, alcohol, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products

Vegetarian

Code Dietary required meal Alternative name Can contain Does not contain
AVML Asian / Hindu Vegetarian Meal Indian Style
No animal products or animal by-products
No eggs, limited use of dairy products
Dairy products, rice, egg free pasta, vegetables, whole grain products Animal products and by-products, eggs and egg products, honey, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
*VGML

Vegan Vegetarian Meal

Strict Western Vegetarian
No animal products or animal by-products
No egg and dairy products
Pure vegetarian
Vegan
Contains nuts
Rice, fruits, vegetables, grains, soy, pulses, tree nuts or nut products Any animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, milk or honey, dairy products or peanuts
**VJML Jain Vegetarian Meal Indian style
No root or bulbous vegetables
No animal products or animal by-products, no egg and dairy products
Fruit, non-root vegetables, rice, tofu or pulses Any eggs or egg products, dairy products, bulbous vegetables, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
VLML Lacto Ovo Vegetarian Meal No meat, fish or poultry products
Can contain egg and dairy products
Rice, pasta, noodles, fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products, pulses, honey, tree nuts or nut products Animal products (meat, fish, seafood, poultry), animal by-products or peanuts
VOML Oriental Vegetarian Meal Chinese style
No animal products or animal by-products, no egg and dairy products.
 
Rice, egg and dairy free pasta, fruits, vegetables, grains or soy Any animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, milk or honey, dairy products, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products

Children

Code Dietary required meal Alternative name Can contain Does not contain
**BBML Baby Meal 0-11 months
Standard on board stores used i.e.: Baby foods / strained. Baby formula.
Mashed, strained or pureed meals that can be easily eaten with a spoon Gluten, wheat, rye, fish, seafood, eggs, solid foods, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
SPML

Toddlers Meal

12-23 months
Prepared individually by caterer.
Lean meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, egg products, pastry, fruit juices Fish, poultry or meat with bones, seeds, rich sauces, high seasoned foods, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products
*CHML Child Meal 2-11 years
Food suitable to be eaten with a fork and spoon.
Lean meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, egg products, potato, pasta or rice Fish, poultry or meat with bones, seeds, rich sauces, high seasoned foods, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products

Miscellaneous

Code Dietary required meal Alternative name Can contain Does not contain
FPML Fruit Platter Meal Fruit Diet
Fresh Fruit
Non-Lactose
No Preservative
Fresh, dried or packaged fruits Fruits with additives or preservatives, canned fruits, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products

Peanut Allergies

Qantas no longer guarantees ‘allergy’ free meals.  Customers with allergies should select a suitable alternative from the standard dietary required meal list.

Our dietary required meals do not contain peanuts. With the exception of VGML and VLML, our dietary required meals also do not contain tree nuts and nut derivatives. However, we cannot guarantee that the environment in which the meals are prepared in is completely nut free.

Read more about our Peanut and Allergy Policies.

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GDS Formats for Dietary Required Meal Requests

Please use the following formats when requesting dietary required meals in your GDS:

Passenger Type Amadeus
Galileo (Travelport)
Sabre
Infant SRBBML/P1
SI.P1/BBML
3BBML1-1.1
Child SRCHML-08YRS/P2
SI.P2/CHML*08YRS
3CHMLA/08YRS-3.1
Adult SRGFML/P1
SI.P1/GFML
3GFMLA-1.1

Important!

  • Baby and toddler meals should be customer related to the accompanying adult for infants not occupying a seat.
  • For further information with GDS formats, please contact your GDS provider.

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Are Dietary Required Meals Available on all Qantas Australian Domestic Flights?

Dietary required meals are available on Australian domestic services as follows:

Domestic Dietary Required Meals

  • Business class – Dietary required meals are available on all services
  • Economy class – Dietary required meals are only available on flights offering a main meal (this includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Perth to East Coast Supper services)

QantasLink Dietary Required Meals

  • Dash 8 – Turboprop  On flights operated by QantasLink Dash 8 aircraft, light refreshments are offered all day; therefore, dietary required meals are not provided.
  • B717/F100/A320 – On flights operated by QantasLink Jet aircraft dietary required meals are only available on flights offering a main meal (this includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Your Customer's Dietary Required Meal

How do I Request a Dietary Required Meal for my Customer?

For Qantas Operated Flights Dietary Required Meal Requests

  • Can be requested through Manage Booking, your GDS or Technology Partner.
  • Must be requested at least 24 hours prior to departure or 36 hours prior to departure for Kosher meals.

For Codeshare Flights Dietary Required Meal Requests

  • Can be requested using the standard IATA meal codes through your GDS. Please refer to the operating airline for further information.

Will Changes to my Customer's Flight Sectors Affect their Dietary Required Meal Request?

As dietary required meal requests are associated to each flight sector, they will be cancelled if the flight is changed. You will need to request the dietary required meal again within the above time frame.

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Does a Frequent Flyer Upgrade Affect my Customer's Dietary Required Meal Request?

If your customer's Frequent Flyer Classic Upgrade Reward is confirmed, the dietary required meal may not be available in the upgraded class of travel.

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