Emirates was founded in 1985. With only two aircrafts, Emirates flew from Dubai two four different destinations. Nowadays, Emirates has an incredible fleet of over 200 airplanes from their international hub in Dubai they fly to more than 140 destinations. It is the largest airline in the Middle east and one of the most established in the world. But I am sure that you do not want to read a business case on this blog. So, let us talk about the food, shall we?
On my flight back home to Switzerland, I had some very good meals on the airplane. It was an international flight from Manila to Zurich with a stopover in Dubai.
On the first flight, I had a vegan breakfast with some kind of hash browns with beans, mushrooms, oven-baked potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, spinach, some fruits and a piece of bread. I haven’t been impressed with the potatoes and the bread, as they were dry and a bit tough to eat. The hash browns and the mushrooms, however, made up for it. It was well seasoned and the hash browns were made with some curry. It was surprisingly spicy, which I liked very much. I also liked the fruits. Fresh and full of flavor – Just the right food after a few hours of sleep in a plane.
On the second flight, Emirates offered some lunch. What you see on the picture is a vegan lasagna with vegetables. The inside of the lasagna was filled with spinach. It tasted very well and I was quite happy to have lasagna for a change. As a vegan, you usually do not get to eat lasagna very often, as it is mostly made of dairy products. Once again, Emirates surprised me with a great vegan meal. The dessert was some kind of compote made of cranberries and raspberries. If you have read my post about The Corner Tree Cafe in Manila, you know that I am not much of a sweet tooth. Therefore, I did not really like it. But that might just be me.
How to set your dietary requirements?
On flight, Emirates only offer their standard menus. If you are a vegan, you have to set your dietary requirements before you fly. For that reason, I am going to quickly show you how to do so. I think this might be helpful for any vegan, but also for people with any other dietary requirements.
- First of all, you have to open the Emirates website on www.emirates.com
- On top, you will find a button Plan & Book
- Then click on Manage a Booking
- Once you have entered your booking information, you choose Dietary Requirements on the right hand side
- Within the category Medical and Dietary meals you will see the Vegetarian Meal, which is the vegan meal*
*This is how Emirates describes their Vegetarian Meal:
Also known as Vegan, this meal is totally free of any animal products or by-products such as eggs or dairy products. It contains one or more of these ingredients: all types of vegetables and fresh fruit. It does NOT contain any type of meat, fish or animal products or by-products.
Emirates also offers a huge variety of other special meals. They are divided into three categories: Religious Meals, Medical and Dietary Meals, Other special Meals. You will find meals like Asian Vegetarian, Hindu, Muslim, Gluten-Free, Low Calorie, Child or Baby Meals, Diabetic, and so on. As you see, there is a great choice of meals.
Personally, I thoroughly recommend flying with Emirates. The quality of the service and the food are incredible. And if you are a vegan, I highly recommend you to try this airline. The vegan meal on Emirates flights makes it much more comfortable to travel. Because flying can somehow be stressful and you are certainly happy that you at least do not have to ask the flight attendants about each and every ingredient in the meal.
I hope this post will be useful for you if you choose your airline for your next travel-adventures. And let me know if you have already tried the vegan meal or are going to have it soon. Leave a comment, I would love to hear your stories!
- Vegan Choice: Vegetarian Meal
- Airline: Emirates
- Website: www.emirates.com