Dietary required meals

If you're travelling on a Qantas operated flight, you can request a meal for your child or dietary needs, and we'll do our best to supply your preferred choice.

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Dietary required meal requests

Dietary required meal requests must be made via Manage booking at least 24 hours before scheduled departure with the exception of Kosher meals, which must be requested at least 36 hours before departure.

Dietary required meals are available on the following services:

  • International flights. Note: Kosher meals aren't currently available on Delhi and Bengaluru sectors.
  • Trans-Tasman and Pacific Island flights, except between Auckland and Cairns, and from Tonga to Australia.
  • Business class across Australian domestic and regional flights.
  • Selected Australian domestic and regional economy class flights of more than 3½ hours in duration.

Dietary required meals currently available

Dietary meals available for medical or religious reasons, children or vegetarians

You can request these meals if you have medical or dietary requirements or are travelling with children. Some conditions and restrictions apply.

While we provide a broad selection of meals to suit most dietary requirements, we understand that some customers may have individual needs which we are unable to cater for. Unfortunately, our dietary required meal options cannot be combined with other categories.

Special meals may contain a range of allergens, such as tree nuts or sesame, and may not be suitable for passengers with a severe food allergy or multiple food allergies. 

For those customers that wish to bring their own food to ensure their specific dietary requirements are met, we aren't able to refrigerate or heat your meal onboard. Please also ensure your meal complies with local security screening requirements.

Medical meals

Diabetic meal (DBML):

Suitable for passengers requiring a nutritionally balanced meal that is low in sugar, fat and salts.

  • Can contain: Balanced complex carbohydrates, dietary fibre; low in fat; low in salt.
  • Does not contain: Fried foods, added sugar, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.
  • Also suitable for: Low-salt meals and low-fat meals.

Gluten and Dairy Friendly meal (GFML):

Suitable for passengers who require meals that does not contain gluten or dairy.

  • Can contain: Gluten free breads, grains, soy milk.
  • Does not contain: Wheat, rye, oats, barley or malt, any milk or milk products, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.
  • Also suitable for: Low lactose meals.

Vegetarian meal

Vegetarian Hindu (AVML):

Suitable for passengers requiring a meal prepared for lacto-vegetarian passengers according to a Hindu cooking style.

  • Can contain: Lentils, Rice and other grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, South Asian herbs and spices, seeds, tree nuts or nut products
  • Does not contain: Any animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or egg by-products.

Vegan Vegetarian meal (VGML):

Suitable for passengers requiring a meal that does not contain animal products or animal by-products, no eggs and no dairy products.

  • Can contain: Rice, fruits, vegetables, grains, soy, pulses, tree nuts or nut products.
  • Does not contain: Any animal products such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, milk or honey, dairy products or peanuts.

Jain Vegetarian meal (VJML) - Strict Indian:

Suitable for passengers requiring a meal that does not contain animal products or animal by-products, no eggs, no dairy products, and no root or bulbous vegetables.

  • Can contain: Fruit, non-root vegetables, rice, tofu or pulses.
  • Does not contain: Any eggs or egg products, dairy products, bulbous vegetables, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.

Religious meals

Kosher meal (KSML):

Suitable for passengers who follow the Kosher dietary rules and regulations. All meals are prepared, served and presented according to the Jewish dietary laws.

  • Can contain: Cattle, game and poultry that have been processed according to Jewish Law and dairy from Kosher animals.
  • Does not contain: Food that is not prepared according to Jewish religious specifications, does not combine meat and dairy, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.
  • Kosher meals are currently not available on Delhi and Bengaluru sectors. 

Halal meal (MOML):

Suitable for passengers that require meals prepared according to Muslim dietary laws and customs.

  • Can contain: Halal produced meat (beef, and lamb) and poultry (chicken and turkey), fish with scales from approved sources, dairy products, eggs and egg products.
  • Does not contain: Pork or pork by-products, alcohol, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.

Hindu meal (HNML):

Suitable for passengers that require a non-vegetarian meal prepared according to Hindu customs and respecting Hindu dietary practices and beliefs. 

  • Can contain: Lamb, goat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, rice, fruits and/or vegetables.
  • Does not contain: Beef, beef derivatives, veal, pork, raw fish, smoked fish, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.

Children's meal

Baby meal (BBML) for ages six months to two years old:

Baby meals prepared for babies/children from six months to two years.

  • Can contain: Mashed, strained or pureed meals that can be easily eaten with a spoon.
  • Does not contain: Wheat, rye, fish, seafood, eggs, solid foods, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.

Child's meal (CHML) for ages two to five years old:

Child meal prepared for children two to five years old.

  • Can contain: Lean meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, egg products, potato, pasta or rice.
  • Does not contain: Fish, poultry or meat with bones, seeds, rich sauces, high seasoned foods, peanuts, tree nuts or nut products.

Domestic and Trans-Tasman

Business

A limited selection of dietary required meals are available on all domestic and trans-Tasman flights in business.

Economy

A limited selection of dietary required meals are available on domestic flights more than three and a half hours. Dietary required meals are available on all trans-Tasman economy flights.

QantasLink

Dash 8 – Turboprop

On flights operated by QantasLink Dash 8 aircraft, snacks are offered all day, therefore, dietary required meals are not provided.

Airbus 320, Boeing 717, Fokker 100, Embraer 190

On flights operated by QantasLink aircraft dietary required meals are only available on flights offering a main meal (this includes morning, daytime and evening).

Frequently Asked Questions

Dietary required meals can be ordered through Manage booking and are available on selected services. 

To cancel a dietary required meal request, contact us for assistance. Dietary required meals are currently available on selected services. 

A children’s meal can be requested for children aged two to five. 

Note: Meal preferences are on a request-basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Dietary required meals are currently available selected services. 

Baby meals can be requested via Manage booking You also have the option to bring onboard your own meal. Note: we aren't able to refrigerate or heat your meal onboard.

At this stage, we also don't have any plans to add toddler meals onboard.

Qantas is aware of the challenges of peanut allergy sufferers and where possible seeks to minimise the risks of exposure to peanuts through:

  • The removal of peanuts as a bar snack on all Qantas flights and from Qantas owned and operated lounges.
  • Minimising the use of peanuts or peanut based products in our inflight menus.
  • The provision of dietary required meals inflight are specifically designed not to  include peanuts or other nuts, or products of peanuts or other nuts in the preparation of the meal (except Vegan Vegetarian meal (VGML) and Vegetarian Hindu meal (AVML), where tree nuts and nuts products may be included).

While all reasonable steps are taken by Qantas and its caterers to reduce the exposure to peanuts inflight and on the ground, Qantas cannot guarantee an allergy free environment onboard or in our lounges. It's always possible that other passengers may bring peanuts or other nuts onboard or into the lounges with them. Passengers may also be served a range of other nuts including almonds, cashews and macadamia nuts as bar snacks or after dinner snacks.

For this reason, we recommend that passengers carry any medication they may need with them in the cabin of the aircraft and be ready to administer the medication if necessary.

Important information

Disclaimer: ^ Dietary required meals cannot be requested to and from Cairns from Auckland and Tonga to Sydney in both Business and Economy.

Disclaimer: * Available for Qantas operated flights and must be requested at least 24 hours before departure, except Kosher meals which must be requested at least 36 hours before departure. If you have requested a dietary required meal with another airline you will need to confirm directly with them. If you change your flight, you may be required to reconfirm your dietary required meal via Manage booking

Disclaimer: + Coconut is not a tree nut and therefore tree nut or nut product free meals may include coconut.