Most airlines offer vegan and vegetarian meals for long distance flights. Each meal has its own unique code that is defined by the ingredients and method used to prepare the meal. These international meal codes are applicable for all airlines, but what exactly do the codes stand for? We sorted it out.
Vegan inflight meals
VVML/ VGML: Vegetarian Vegan Meal
No meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, eggs, honey or any products from animal sources.
VOML: Vegetarian Oriental Meal
Prepared in Chinese style. No meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, eggs, bulbous vegetables such as garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, etc.
VJML: Vegetarian Jain Meal
Prepared in Indian style according to Jain customs. No meat, poultry, fish, seafood, milk, eggs, honey, root or bulbous vegetables.
RVML: Vegetarian Raw Meal
Raw fruits and vegetables only.
FPML: Fruit Platter Meal
Vegetarian inflight meals
AVML: Vegetarian Asian/ Hindu Meal
Prepared in Hindu style. No meat, poultry, fish, seafood or eggs.
VLML: Vegetarian Lacto Ovo Meal
No meat, poultry, fish or seafood. May contain dairy products such as milk and eggs.
And of course, all the vegan inflight meals
Not all meals listed above are available on every airline. Remember that special meals need to be ordered at least 48 hours before flight departure. Usually before takeoff, a flight attendant will come to you to confirm your requested meal. If not, do ask about it. Lastly, always double check the ingredients!