Special meal request

General information

A small population of passengers may suffer from an adverse, and at times, fatal allergic reaction to peanuts. However, Cathay Pacific cannot guarantee an absolutely peanut-free meal. This point should be conveyed very clearly to passengers.

Requests for Special Meals (SPML) should be made at least 24 hours prior to flight departure with the exception of Kosher Meals (KSML) which require 48 hours of advance notice.

For special beverage requests, passengers must give 3 working days of advance notice.

Passengers who have made a SPML request on an originally booked flight must make the request again if they change their itinerary. If the new flight departs within 24 hours, SPML availability cannot be confirmed immediately and passengers then have to re-confirm at check-in.

Requests for hot meals should not be guaranteed, as all meals must conform to the standard meal service guidelines. No exceptions are allowed.

Special requests by FCL passengers, e.g. lobster, are not accepted. VIP passengers' requests may be considered depending on their status and the notice period given.

Carbonated mineral water such as Perrier is available to all FCL and JCL passengers.

Requests for non-standard meals will not be entertained unless they are required medically. In such cases, copies of the doctors'/dieticians' certificates should be provided for confirmation.

Request for special meals entered as an OSI will not be actioned.

The standard entry format is 3 MEAL CODE
Example for vegetarian vegan meal (VGML): 3VGML

Orders for special meals should be made at least 24 hours before your scheduled flight. Please make your request via Manage my booking or by contacting a local Cathay Pacific Reservation Office.

Special meal codes

The following table lists the different types of vegetarian, religious, medical and children's meals available to Cathay Pacific passengers.

Code:
BBML
Description:
One junior-strained meat or vegetable dish (savoury dish), one junior dessert and one baby juice.
Code:
BLML
Description:
Food/beverages that cause gastric discomfort omitted. Low fat food items with low dietary fibre/residue.
Code:
CHML
Description:
Food items generally enjoyed by children, such as hamburgers, sausages and fish fingers, served in a specially designed meal box.
Code:
DBML
Description:
With complex carbohydrates, high fibre, low fat and calories, it is suitable for both non-insulin and insulin dependent diabetics.
Code:
FPML
Description:
Prepared with fresh fruits, packaged unsweetened fruits or dried fruits.
Code:
GFML
Description:
No gluten of any source exists in food items.
Code:
HNML
Description:
Indian-style meal that contains no beef, veal or pork, but with lamb, domestic fowl, other meats, fish and milk products.
Code:
KSML
Description:
Prepared according to Jewish dietary law and purchased from reputable manufacturers.
Code:
LCML
Description:
With lean meats, low fat dairy products and high fibre food, this meal avoids fried food, gravy, sauces, rich desserts, added fats, oils and sugar.
Code:
NLML
Description:
All dairy products omitted.
Code:
LFML
Description:
With increased complex carbohydrates, high fibre, and low fat, the meal is served with lean meats, low fat dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables and high fibre wholegrain bread, cereals, acompanied with unsweetened fruit juices.
Code:
LSML
Description:
Prepared without ingredients high in salt, minimum sodium content.
Code:
MOML
Description:
Containing no pork, bacon, ham or alcohol, all poultry and meats used are slaughtered and cooked according to Halal rules.
Code:
SPML
Description:
Prepared without beef, veal or beef/veal related products of any kind.
Code:
AVML
Description:
Spicy vegetarian combinations, with limited use of dairy products.
Code:
VJML
Description:
An Indian-style vegetarian meal. No animal product as meat, seafood, egg, game, dairy products and honey. No root vegetables such as ginger, onion, garlic, spring onion and potato.
Code:
VLML
Description:
Also known as Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian. No meat or meat products of any type; no fish, fowl or products with lard or gelatin. Contains eggs and dairy products. Cheese should be made without rennet wherever possible.
Code:
VOML
Description:
A vegetarian meal prepared and cooked Chinese Style No animal products as meat, fish or game, eggs, dairy products and honey No root vegetables including ginger, garlic, spring onion etc, or anything that is grown in the ground.
Code:
RVML
Description:
A combination of raw fruit and vegetables.
Code:
VGML
Description:
Also known as Vegan No meat or meat products of any type; no fish, fowl or products with lard or gelatin. Dairy products, eggs and honey are not permitted.

Notes

Any personal food items brought on board for consumption should not require reheating nor chilling. For hygiene reasons, our crew will not be able to re-heat nor chill food items brought on board by passengers.

If ordering for Kosher Meal through Manage my booking, please allow at least 48 hours before your scheduled flight.

Non-beef meal is served as regular meal in Economy Class on flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan (and vice versa).