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How to Stay Healthy on a Plane

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Healthy Airline Food

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

Healthy Plane Food

Salad cucumber lettuce tomato

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 Halal, Kosher, Vegan 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! 

 


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

LCML — Low calorie meal

LFML — Low fat meal

FML — Fruit platter

Low-Calorie
Meal

Broccoli and musrooms on plate in sauce

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

Mixed salad diced in a bowl

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

Mix of fruit — apples, banana and peaches

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

AIRLINE NAME LOW-CALORIE
(LCML)
LOW-FAT/
CHOLESTEROL
(LFML)
FRUIT PLATTER
(FML)
MIN HOUR BEFORE FLIGHT
FOR PREORDER
Adria Airways x x x 48
Aegean Airlines x x x 24
Aer Lingus   x   24
Aeroflot x x x 36
Aerolineas Argentinas x x x 72
Aeromexico x x x 48
Air Astana x x x 24
Air Baltic x x   24
Air Canada x x x 18
Air China x x x 24
Air France x     48
Air India x x x 48
Air New Zealand   x x 24
Air Serbia x x x 24
Air Tahiti Nui   x x 48
Air Transat x x   72
Aircalin x     24
Alitalia x x   24
All Nippon Airways x x   96
American Airlines   x   24
Asiana Airlines x x x 24
Austrian Airlines x x   36
Avianca x x x 24
Bangkok Airways x x x 24
British Airways x x x 24
Brussels Airlines x x x 24
Cathay Dragon x x x 24
Cathay Pacific x x x 24
China Airlines x x x 24
China Eastern x x x 24
China Southern x x x 48
Comair   x x 24
Croatia Airlines x x x 24
Delta Airlines x x   48
Egyptair   x   24
emiratos   x x 24
Etihad x x x 24
Eva Air x x x 24
finnair x x x 24
Garuda indonesia x x x 24
Gulf Air x x x 24
Hainan Airlines x x    
Hong Kong Airlines x x x 24
Iberia x x x 24
Jet Airways x x x 24
KLM   x   48
lufthansa x x x 24
Malaysia Airlines x x x 24
Middle East Airlines (MEA) x x x 24
Oman Air x x x 24
Philippine Airlines x x   24
Qatar Airways x x x 72
Royal Jordanian x x   24
Shenzhen Airlines   x x 24
Aerolíneas de Singapur   x x 24
Sri Lankan Airlines   x   At time of booking
Swiss International Airlines x x   24
Sun-Air   x   24
TAP Portugal x x x 24
Tarom Airlines x x x At time of booking
Thai Airways x x x At time of booking
Turkish Airlines x x   24
Vietnam Airlines x x x 24
VIRGIN ATLANTIC   x   24
Virgin Australia x x x 48
Vistara x x x 24
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