Which Airlines Publish Menus In Advance Of Flights?

Which Airlines Publish Menus In Advance Of Flights?

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Here’s a topic that I’ve never covered, which I figured would be interesting — which airlines publish their full inflight menus and/or drink lists for a particular flight in advance? I imagine I’m not the only person who likes to look this up prior to traveling, so let me first discuss why it might matter, and then I’ll share my list of airlines offering this.

Why it’s nice to see your inflight menu in advance

Admittedly there’s huge variance in terms of the quality of inflight food. In economy, you’re lucky if food is better than something in the freezer section of your local supermarket, while in premium cabins, some airlines actually serve decent food that one would be happy to pay for in a restaurant.

For those of us who look forward to flying, particularly in premium cabins, it can be fun to know in advance what food and drinks will be served on your flight:

  • It can be nice to get a sense of the general service flow on the flight, how many meal options there are, etc., so that you can plan if you should eat before the flight or not
  • If you’re flying in a premium cabin on an airline with a great alcohol selection, maybe you want to research some of the wine or liquor options in advance, so that you can make a game plan
  • If you have dietary restrictions, it can be useful to see if the standard menu contains any options that work for you, or if you should in fact order a special meal

I know I always enjoy previewing a menu before a flight if it’s something an airline makes available, so I’m curious if I’m the only one…

It’s nice to get a sense of the meal service in advance

Airlines that make menus available in advance

With the above out of the way, which airlines publish their inflight menus in advance? I’ll share the airlines that I know of, and then please share other airlines that I’m missing, because I’m sure I didn’t get them all.

Before I share the list, a few things to note:

  • I’m talking specifically about airlines that publish menus and/or drink lists in advance, and this is separate from airlines that let you pre-order specific parts of meals; for example, American, Delta, and United, all let you pre-order main courses when traveling in premium cabins, but they don’t publish their entire menu in advance, so wouldn’t make the list
  • I’m talking about airlines publishing the standard menus of meals that are included, so that excludes airlines publishing their food and drinks for purchase menu; it also excludes airlines that just publish sample menus, or airlines that just publish what main courses will be available
  • I’m going to include airlines that make these menus available to the public, though I know there are some airlines that let you view menus exclusively when you’re managing your own reservation (I know that’s the case for EVA Air, and maybe some other airlines?)

Below are the airlines I know of that publish full menus in advance, along with the cabins for which it’s offered, how far in advance you can view menus, etc. Please let me know which airlines I’m missing.

Air Canada

Air Canada lets you see the menus for all flights in advance:

  • You can see the menu for all flights for the next seven days
  • Menus are available for business class, premium economy, and economy, assuming there’s a complimentary meal service on the flight; however, you can’t see the drink list
  • You can view business class menus at this link, view premium economy menus at this link, and view economy menus at this link
Air Canada business class meal

All Nippon Airways

All Nippon Airways (ANA) lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • Menus rotate every three months, so you can see what’s part of the current rotation
  • Menus are available for first class, business class, premium economy, and economy
  • ANA shows a PDF with both the full menu and drink list
All Nippon Airways first class meal

Delta Air Lines

Delta lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link, with some restrictions:

  • The menu shown is only the current menu, which may only be valid for a few more days
  • Menus are available for first class, business class, and premium economy, but not for economy
  • While the drink list will be shown, it typically won’t include a detailed listing of the wine options
Delta first class meal

Emirates

Emirates lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for as far out as the schedule goes, so for roughly 11 months, though of course menu items (and especially the drink list) are subject to change
  • Menus are available for first class, business class, premium economy, and economy
  • When you enter your flight number and select the cabin class, you’ll see a section for both dining and drinks
Emirates first class meal

Finnair

Finnair lets you see the menus for flights in advance at this link:

  • Menus are published for the current cycle, which is typically for travel within a month or so
  • Only menus for long haul business class are published, and not short haul business class or economy
  • Only menus for flights departing Nordic countries are published, so the menus aren’t published for flights to those countries
  • You can see a full PDF of both the menu and drink list
Finnair business class meal

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • Menus rotate every six months, so you can see what’s part of the current rotation
  • Menus are available for first class and business class only
  • You can also see the drink list, including the wine selection
Hawaiian Airlines first class meal

Iberia

Iberia lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for roughly the next two weeks
  • Menus are available for business class, premium economy, and economy
  • You can see not only the food selection, but also the full drink list
Iberia business class meal

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines (JAL) lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for the current month, plus the next three months
  • Menus are available for first class, business class, premium economy, and economy
  • JAL shows a PDF with both the full menu and drink list
Japan Airlines business class meal

JetBlue

JetBlue lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • There’s no need to even enter your flight info, as you can view the menus and drink lists for all flights that have meal services
  • Menus are available for both Mint business class and economy on transatlantic flights
  • Menus are available for whatever the current meal “cycle” is
JetBlue Mint business class meal

Lufthansa

Lufthansa lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for the current month, plus the next three months, by entering the flight number and selecting the cabin class
  • Menus are available for first class, business class, premium economy, and economy, but only for long haul flights
  • Lufthansa shows both the full menu and drink list
Lufthansa first class meal

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for the current month, plus the next month, by selecting the origin and destination and cabin class
  • Menus are available for business class and economy
  • Malaysia Airlines shows both the menu and drink list, though the alcoholic selection isn’t fully listed
Malaysia Airlines business class meal

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for the current month, plus the next two months, by entering the flight number and selecting the cabin class
  • Menus are available for business class, premium economy, and economy
  • Philippine Airlines shows just the menu, and not the drink list
Philippine Airlines business class meal

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines lets you see the menus for all flights in advance at this link:

  • You can see the menu for flights for roughly the next week by entering the flight number and date
  • Menus are available for Suites Class, first class, business class, premium economy, and economy
  • Singapore Airlines shows both the menu and drink list
  • Singapore Airlines also offers the Book the Cook program, where you can order from a larger selection of meals in advance
Singapore Airlines business class meal

Bottom line

It’s nice how some airlines publish their full menus in advance, so that you can know what you can expect once onboard. While not that many airlines offer this, it’s more than in the past, and it’s a trend that I hope we continue to see.

Anyone else appreciate when airlines publish menus and drink lists in advance? Any airlines I missed?

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  1. Cbchicago Guest

    United has menus and advance ordering. Come on OMAAT

  2. Paul Byrne Guest

    Aer Lingus also make their menus for transatlantic flights available on their website

  3. JP Guest

    Barf! After that Delta pic I'd rather sit in the back and eat vending machine snacks. Nasty.

    1. UncleRonnie Member

      You should see what the burger looks like on the A330-900 when the purple overhead mood lights are on....

  4. UncleRonnie Member

    Maybe quicker to publish a list of airlines that don't? :)

  5. Cheng Guest

    MH Too https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/jp/en/experience/in-flight-offerings/dining-experience.html

  6. John Guest

    Swiss

    Business:

    https://www.swiss.com/content/dam/lx/images/local_images/fly/on-board/swiss-taste-of-switzerland/Business%20Class.pdf

    First:

    https://www.swiss.com/content/dam/lx/images/local_images/fly/on-board/swiss-taste-of-switzerland/First%20Class.pdf

  7. Patrick Guest

    EVA & Korean too (at least in business class). EVA also has more available options online ( just flew ORD-TPE-BKK and selected online exclusive menu - Lobster with XO sauce which was fantastic). Korean only allows online advance selection on flight departing Seoul but good luck if you booked through Delta as you would have to call in and pray that the Delta agent knew about this options.

  8. splane21 New Member

    Lufthansa economy class menu didn’t work for me on my last 2 flights. It either errored or linked to the business class menu (DEN-MUC and MUC-BLR)

  9. Jon Guest

    Although British Airways does not publish, you can email YouFirst and they will send First Class menus in advance. They receive the menus on the 1st to 3rd day of the month for that current month so if you are traveling in the first few days of the month this may not work.

  10. Big G Guest

    You’re reaching son . Cool out it’s Christmas .

  11. iamhere Guest

    The food on the plain is not anything to write home about. Other than bloggers and people in a related business, is it really that important to check the menu ahead of time....

    1. Samo Guest

      It's very important to me, so I know whether I need to eat at the airport of if I can leave it to the plane.

  12. Mark Stein Guest

    American (Intl and domestic up to 24 hours in advance) and most recently, United.

    1. Jon Guest

      American does not publish menus anymore. There is however pre-order (up to 24 hrs in advance) where you can see the main course (only) selection. There is usually 1 or 2 additional main course selections that will not appear on the inflight menu.

    2. Brian Guest

      I fly AA flagship business on trascons all the time. I got a menu last night.

    3. Jon Guest

      In advance of the flight (which is the topic of this post)? No you didn’t.

  13. Nancy Guest

    Alaska airlines has menus available. Plus 2 weeks before your flight you can see what is offered on that flight and pre order if you want

  14. JT Guest

    Malaysian publishes the full menu.

    https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/us/en/experience/in-flight-offerings/dining-experience.html

  15. JP Guest

    Any idea the "maintenance issue" that has the Houston Centurion Lounge closed?

  16. Julia Guest

    I think Lufthansa only does to flights outside of Europe, much like Finnair.

    1. Samo Guest

      Indeed. Doesn't really matter in case of LH, since Y has BOB (menu available online) and as for C, edible food has been enhanced away many months ago and replaced with Tasting Somalia.

  17. CXFlyer Guest

    CX meal ordering goes live at exactly T-10 days prior to departure

  18. adamkassio New Member

    Hawaiian airlines publishes their menus for every destination for both first and business/first on their website.

    1. Lukas Guest

      TK too (https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/digitalmenu/)

    2. Josh Guest

      That link doesn't work.

    3. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ adamkassio -- Thank you, added Hawaiian!

    4. adamkassio New Member

      Any time! They have economy class menus published as well below the F/J menus (at least they did all summer when I was flying them for US west coast flights)

    5. S_LEE Gold

      Could you add Korean Air as well?

  19. S_LEE Gold

    You can see the menu on Korean Air 2 months in advance.
    https://www.koreanair.com/kr/en/in-flight/onboard-service/dining/prestige

  20. Ben Guest

    China Airlines
    https://calec.china-airlines.com/emenu_dot/R00_ALL_ML.aspx

    EVA
    https://www.evaair.com/en-us/fly-prepare/flying-with-eva/food-and-beverages/e-menu/

    Starlux
    https://www.starlux-airlines.com/en-TW/experience/inflight-service/inflight-dining

    Air France
    https://wwws.airfrance.fr/en/information/prepare/repas-a-bord

    KLM (kinda)
    https://www.klm.com/information/travel-class-extra-options/business-class-meals

    1. Julia Guest

      Air France doesn't show the menu.

  21. Bruno Guest

    Korean air:
    https://www.koreanair.com/kh/en/in-flight/onboard-service/dining/prestige

    In business class you can also select the main course in advance via manage booking. Even the doneness of the steak.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Bruno -- Thanks! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this only shows the main courses, and not the entire menu, correct?

    2. ML Guest

      I have a Korean Air prestige class flight on 28/12 and was emailed the full menu on 24/12. Not sure if it's available online but I was pleasantly surprised to get the email and see this detail. Was fun to browse the full menu in anticipation of my 16 hour flight.

    3. Bruno Guest

      You can see the full food menu by clicking on the Check menu book (PDF) button below the main courses.

  22. Romuald Holubowicz Guest

    Nothing more frustrating than boarding a longhaul flight, seated in First or Business, hungry, and finding out too late that every top drawer dish has a cheese component, and you can’t eat cheese. So, good idea, airlines — so you don’t make a premium class traveler very angry. That way, he or she can order a special meal in advance.

  23. MS Guest

    Finnair shows you menus too

    https://www.finnair.com/us-en/nordic-kitchen--onboard-meals-and-beverages/business-class-menus

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ MS -- Fantastic, thanks! Updated post to add that.

    2. BK Guest

      But only flights ex-HEL, and the flights to DOH from CPH and ARN.

      Nothing inbound, which means only half of (long haul) flights are covered.

  24. Mike O. Guest

    Philippine Airlines https://menu.philippineairlines.com/

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Mike O. -- Adding that, thanks!

  25. Kevin M Guest

    Iberia does this as well, within a couple of weeks out. You just put in your flight number and out pops a PDF menu.

    1. Kevin M Guest

      https://www.iberia.com/us/on-board/on-board-menu/check-your-menu/

    2. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Kevin M -- Adding that to the list now, thanks!

  26. NK3 Gold

    For Delta, if you go to menu.delta.com and input a route, and pick the time of day, you will see the current menu, including sides, desserts, drinks, etc. This is available to anyone, not just for pre-orders.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ NK3 -- Thank you, adding that to post.

  27. John Guest

    Helpful list. Air Canada also publishes the menu for all classes in the app

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ John -- Didn't realize Air Canada had that, so adding that now. Thanks!

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Nancy Guest

Alaska airlines has menus available. Plus 2 weeks before your flight you can see what is offered on that flight and pre order if you want

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ adamkassio -- Thank you, added Hawaiian!

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Lukas Guest

TK too (https://www.turkishairlines.com/en-int/digitalmenu/)

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