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Inflight Experience

Inflight Experience

We offer complimentary refreshments/meals on all Air India operated flights. Talk about a nation that prides itself in having nature’s bounty, the earliest civilizations, a rich and varied cultural heritage, a glorious past… and you can expect the perpetuations of a great legacy. That’s India.

Home to the Aryans, Moguls, Arabs, Persians, Portuguese, French and British, we are a veritable melting pot of the world’s finest philosophies, sciences, arts and skills. But more than one religion, our sculpture, our architecture, dance and music which weave a common fabric, it is our food, our refined sense of taste that defines us as a people.

Indian cuisine is an assortment of zealously guarded culinary skills that have descended down generations from a host of regions and communities. Yet, each is distinct in flavour, ranging from the sharpest to the subtlest.

Despite its unparallel dietary range, there’s something mystical and intrinsic about all Indian food: the reverence and thoughtfulness with which it is prepared.

The exotic blend of herbs and spices, and the intricate preparatory methods, are all intended to let the aromas and flavors sink into the fare and your senses. Not only does the food smell or look gorgeous, it fires your appetite until you and your taste buds succumb to temptation. And the seduction is total! Efforts to resist indulgence often prove futile. But you will feel no remorse because such sublime and experiences are a step closer to spirituality.

Air India lets you savour the very essence of India that has transcended boundaries to gain worldwide awe and recognition.

Come, embark on an epic culinary voyage and rediscover your inner self.

Given below is the Types of Meals offered by Air India.

Timings For Passenger Meal On International Flights

Breakfast 0730 HRS TO 1000 HRS LT
Lunch 1230 HRS TO 1500 HRS LT
Dinner 1930 HRS TO 2200 HRS LT

For flights departing at hours outside the above timings, an appropriate meal is uplifted, based on the scheduled time of departure of the flight. If no meal option is selected, Indian Non-Vegetarian meal will be served.

Timings For Passenger Meal On Domestic Flights

Breakfast 0530 HRS TO 0930 HRS
Hi Tea 0930 HRS TO 1130 HRS & 1500 HRS TO 1830 HRS
Lunch 1200 HRS TO 1430 HRS
Dinner 1830 HRS TO 2230 HRS
Supper 2300 HRS ONWARDS

Liquor will not be served on Domestic flights

Meals Provided on Domestic Flights

Flight Duration Business Class Flight Duration Economy Class
0 - 120 Minutes Cold Snacks 0 - 60 Minutes On Demand Service - Cookies with Tetrapack Drink
61-120 Minutes Vegetarian Sandwich with Tetrapack Drink
Above 120 Minutes Hot Meals with Two choices each of Non-Veg & Veg meals. Above 120 Minutes Hot Meals with choice of Non-Veg & Veg meals.

Meals Provided on International Flights

Upto 06 Hours 01 Major Meal
6Hrs to 10 Hrs 01 Major Meal & 01 Minor Meal
10 Hrs & Above 02 Major Meals & 01 Minor Meal
Types of Major Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Snacks , Supper
Types of Minor Meal Cold Breakfast , Cold Snacks

Type of Major Meal uplifted will be based on the departure time of the flight.

Liquor Service will be carried out for all major meal services except for Breakfast.

Following is the list of Types of Meals offered by Air India.

Religious Meals

Asian Veg Hindu Meal
(Indian style vegetarian meal )
AVML Contains vegetables, fresh fruits and dairy products. Does not contain any meat, fish or eggs. Mildly spicy to spicy. Prepared according to subcontinent taste.
Hindu Meal
(Indian style non vegetarian meal)
HNML Contains meat (lamb or chicken), fish, eggs and dairy products. Does not contain any beef/pork or its products. Mildly spicy to spicy. Incorporates flavors of Indian sub continent.
Kosher Meal
Requires 72 hours prior notice
KSML Prepared to comply with Jewish dietary requirements. Certified in the kosher kitchen.
(Available only on International Flights except to Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates)
Jain Meal VJML This meal is for members of Jain Community vegetarian meal without roots /tubers
(oinion, garlic, ginger, peanuts, turmeric, raddish, turnip, potatoes, beetroots etc) and dairy products.
Vegetarian Vegan Meal VGML Contains all types of fruits and vegetables. Does not contain any Dairy products, meat, fish, fowl, egg, animal fat.
Moslem Meal MOML Meals are suitable for Muslims and are prepared in accordance with Halal method. May contain lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, fruits & dairy products. It does NOT contain pork or pig by-products..

Medical & Dietary Meals

Bland Meal
(Veg / Non-Veg)
BLML Contains mostly soft food that is easily digestible like mashed potatoes, spinach, soft boiled eggs, boiled meats, toast and dairy products. Does not contain spices, onion or garlic and food that are baked, fried or spicy.
Diabetic Meal
(Veg / Non-Veg)
DBML Contains minimum salt, low fat products, high fiber fruits and vegetables. This meal is for passengers suffering from Diabetes.
Fruit Platter FPML Contains seasonal fruits. Suitable for passengers who are fasting or have dietary needs with no additives and preservatives.
Gluten Free Meal (Veg / Non-Veg) GFML Passengers who are intolerant to gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, oats or rye). This meal contains one or more of ingredients like meat, poultry, fish, rice, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Contains salt and pepper, herbs and spices, sugars and preserves, margarine and vegetable oils. Does NOT contain breads, pasta, cakes , chocolates etc
Lacto-ovo Vegetarian Meal VLML This meal may contain vegetables, fruits, eggs, pulses & dairy products. Does not contain any type of meat or fish.
Low-calorie Meal
(Veg / Non-Veg)
LCML Contains food with high fiber content, less fats and carbohydrates. Does not contain sugar, cream, sauces, mayonnaise, or fatty meats.
Low Fat / Low Cholesterol Meal
(Veg / Non-Veg)
LFML Contains margarine, cottage cheese, egg white, boiled rice, potatoes, lean meats, fish, wholegrain bread, cereals and fruit.
Low Sodium Meal LSML Does not contain salt, MSG and baking soda/powder. Meal does not include salty cheese, sauces, dressings, cured & brined meats, canned fruits etc.
Non-lactose Meal
(Veg / Non-Veg)
NLML Contains salads, high fiber food,, pasta, rice, fish or meat. Does not contain milk and milk products, sauces, soft rolls, croissants or chocolate. Suitable for guests who are allergic or intolerant to milk or milk products.
Raw Vegetable Meal RVML Contains mainly raw vegetables and salads.
Seafood Meal SFML Contains all types of fish or shellfish. Does not contain meat products. Does not apply to breakfast.
Vegetarian Oriental Meal VOML Contains fruits and vegetables. Does not contain meat, fish, eggs or dairy products. Prepared in Chinese or Oriental style.

Meals for Children and Babies

Baby Meal
(For children less than 2 years)
BBML Proprietary brands of baby meals are available only on international flights. Parents are advised to carry baby foods familiar to and preferred by their babies. Milk or baby meals can be heated on board.
Child Meal
(Veg / Non-Veg)
CHML Burgers, fish fingers, chicken nuggets, French fries, crisps, pizza or chocolate. Suitable for children between the ages of 2 to 12.


  • Special meals(SPML) in economy class are uplifted only on health/medical grounds with intimation of at least 48 hours prior to departure.
  • Seafood meal(SFML) requests are not entertained in economy class
  • Vegetarian or non vegetarian choice needs to be specified with all Special Meal (SPML) requests in all classes
  • Nuts & Peanut allergy

Nuts are served on our international flights as an accompaniment to drinks or sometimes as meal ingredient. An allergic reaction to peanuts or their by-products can be quite serious, we request that you bring your own meal on board if you have a peanut allergy. Air India accepts no responsibility for any allergic reaction you may suffer whilst on board an Air India flight. We suggest that you discuss your travel plans with your doctor to assess your fitness to fly with us in this regard.

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