Vegan and vegetarian inflight meal codes

infographic vegan and vegetarian inflight meal codes

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

    Fruits only.

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!

Sources: Wikipedia , Cathay Pacific , Malaysia Airlines

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