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How to Stay Healthy on a Plane

Healthy Airline Food

Find out information on the different meal types you can pre-order to maintain healthy eating while flying.

A vegan flight meal

Healthy Plane Food

Staying healthy on a plane doesn't have to be difficult. While you can always bring your own healthy food onto the plane, there's always restrictions on what food you can bring in your carry-on baggage. And with many healthy options available from the majority of airlines, it's much easier to have the airline cater for you.

If you've flown before without pre-ordering your meal, you might think that aren't many options for those looking to eat healthily, with only two main options for meal types (standard and vegetarian). However, most airlines that offer inflight meals actually have a range of different healthy options. All you need to do is pre-book your meal before your flight!

Looking for a different Special Meal? Check out our HalalKosherVegan and Gluten-Free pages. Or check out our page on other dietry requirements, if you're looking to book a diabetic friendly or lactose free meal!

Vegan meal

How to pre-order a healthy plane meal

If you want to pre-order your meal to ensure you get a healthy option, you can do so by visiting the website of the airline that you're flying on. If you have made a booking through Alternative Airlines, you can contact and we'll book it for you. Find out more here.

Read more below about the different types of healthy plane meals and look at our table that details which airlines' offer which different healthy meal types.

Different plane meal types for healthy eating

Low-Calorie Meal (LCML)

Low-Calorie meals are the number one choice if you're looking for a healthy meal option whilst flying. Low-calorie meals have reduced fat and sugar and generally come with a smaller portion of protein.

Low Fat/Cholesterol Meal (LFML)

Low Fat and Low Cholesterol meals are designed for people with heart disease, high cholesterol and fatty liver. However, they also make a good alternative if you're looking for healthy plane food and the airline you're flying on doesn't provide low-calorie meals. Low fat and low cholesterol meals usually contain foods high in fibre and are never cooked in oil or fried.

Fruit Platter Meal (FML)

A fruit platter is a selection of fresh fruits, designed for passengers with dietary requirements. It's also a good alternative for those who are healthy eating, as a fruit platter guarantees all ingredients are natural and contain no additives or preservatives.

Take a look at our table below which highlights the different type of healthy airplane meals that each airline offers.

Adria Airwaysxxx
Aegean Airlinesxxx
Aer Lingus--x--
Aerolineas Argentinasxxx
Air Astanaxxx
Air Balticxx--
Air Canadaxxx
Air Chinaxxx
Air Francex----
Air Indiaxxx
Air New Zealand--xx
Air Serbiaxxx
Air Tahiti Nui--xx
Air Transatxx--
All Nippon Airwaysxx--
American Airlines--x--
Asiana Airlinesxxx
Austrian Airlinesxx--
Bangkok Airwaysxxx
British Airwaysxxx
Brussels Airlinesxxx
Cathay Dragonxxx
Cathay Pacificxxx
China Airlinesxxx
China Easternxxx
China Southernxxx
Croatia Airlinesxxx
Delta Airlinesxx--
Eva Airxxx
Garuda Indonesiaxxx
Gulf Airxxx
Hainan Airlinesxx--
Hong Kong Airlinesxxx
Jet Airwaysxxx
Malaysia Airlinesxxx
Middle East Airlines (MEA)xxx
Oman Airxxx
Philippine Airlinesxx--
Qatar Airwaysxxx
Royal Jordanianxx--
Shenzhen Airlines--xx
Singapore Airlines--xx
Sri Lankan Airlines--x--
Swiss International Airlinesxx--
TAP Portugalxxx
Tarom Airlinesxxx
Thai Airwaysxxx
Turkish Airlinesxx--
Vietnam Airlinesxxx
Virgin Atlantic--x--
Virgin Australiaxxx

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