Air China

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Air China is the flag carrier airline of China. It is headquartered in Beijing, China and operates flights to over 200 destinations in Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Air china meals are included in the price of your ticket; the meal offered will vary depending on your flight time. In economy class passengers can expect hot porridge for breakfast, dinner may include chicken and seafood dishes as well as rice or noodles. On shorter flights within Asia snacks such as Chinese baked cakes and western sandwiches as well as hamburgers will be served.

Inflight Beverages


Nestle gold, Nestle Decaf and Cappuccino.


Wu Qi Ying Pue’er Tea, Oolong Tea, Lipton Tea, Dragon Well Tea, Jasmine Tea, White Chrysanthemum Tea.

Soft Drinks

Tibet glacier mineral water, Lotte 100% fresh orange juice, Dole Juice, Huiyuan apple juice, Dole Tomato Juice, Coke, Pepsi, Jianyi low sugar coke, 7UP, Soda Water, Tonic Water and Ginger Ale.


Require 24 hours for all except Kosher meals which require 48 hours notice. Note that Air China Kosher meals are not available on all domestic flights (including domestic segments of international flights) or International routes departing from Saipan, Sapporo, Sendai, South Korea, Jakarta, India, Karachi, Australia, and Yekaterinburg.

Baby Meal

A soft, nutrient-rich meal for babies with minimal salt or sugar.

Child Meal

A variety of children’s favorite foods, not too salty or sweet, and easy to eat.

Bland meal (gastric ulcer meal)

This meal is low in fat and fiber, and does not contain fried foods, black pepper, strong vegetables, mustard, pickles, garlic, nuts, or drinks containing caffeine or alcohol. It is suitable for passengers who suffer from stomach or intestinal problems.

Diabetic meal

This meal is low in sugar and is prepared for passengers who suffer from diabetes. It does not contain sugar of any kind.

Fruit platter meal

This meal contains only fruits, including fresh fruit, fruit compote, and fruit desserts.

Gluten-free meal

This meal is prepared for passengers who are allergic or intolerant to gluten. Gluten is a protein contained in wheat, barley, oats, and rye. Breads, sauces, custards, cakes, chocolates, crackers, cereals, and related products are strictly excluded.

Low-calorie meal

This meal contains lean meat, low-fat dairy products, and high-fiber foods. Sugars, creams, sauces, mayonnaise, and fatty foods are excluded.

Seafood meal

This meal is specially designed for passengers who enjoy seafood, and includes one or more kinds of seafood. It does not contain any meat products.

Low-fat meal/Low cholesterol diet

This meal is intended for passengers who need to reduce their fat intake. It does not contain fried foods, fatty meats, dairy products, processed foods, gravy, offal, shellfish, egg yolks, or baked goods.

Low-salt meal

This meal contains low levels of sodium. It is prepared for passengers suffering from hypertension, urinary retention, and nephropathy. It does not contain salt, garlic salt, glutamine, soda, pickles, canned meat and fish, creams, cheeses, shellfish, mashed potatoes, gravy, chicken powder, bread, or canned vegetables.

Low-lactose meal

This meal does not contain any lactose, dairy, or related products. This includes cheese, yogurt, butter, artificial meat products, cake, cookies, cream desserts, pudding, mashed potatoes, toffee, and chocolate.

Vegetarian raw meal

This meal contains raw fruits and vegetables and does not contain any animal protein.

Vegetarian Asian (Hindu) meal

This meal is usually ordered by passengers from the Asian Sub-Continent. It generally includes vegetables produced in Asia and does not contain meat or seafood.

Vegetarian vegan meal

This meal is totally free from animal products or by-products. This includes meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, cheese, and related products, or margarine.

Vegetarian lacto-ovo meal

This meal does not contain any meat, seafood, or related products, but it may contain butter, cheese, milk, and eggs.

Vegetarian oriental meal

This meal is prepared in Chinese or oriental style. It contains no meat, fish, game, dairy products, or any underground root vegetable, such as ginger, garlic, onion, green onions, etc.

Hindu meal

This meal does not include beef or pork. It may include lamb, poultry, other meats, fish, or dairy products. This special meal is prepared for the small number of Indian passengers who are allowed to eat meat or fish.

Kosher meal

All foods are prepared and served according to Jewish dietary requirements and are purchased from reputable manufacturers. (Note: Reservation must be made 48 hours in advance.)

Moslem meal

This meal does not contain pork, bacon, ham, animal gelatin, animal fats, alcohol, non-scaled fish, eel, or turtle. All poultry and meats used are slaughtered and cooked according to Halal tradition.

Vegetarian Jain meal

This meal is intended for members of the Jain community as well as those who are purely vegetarians. It is prepared using Asian methods. It contains no root vegetables such as onions, ginger, garlic, or carrots, and contains no animal products and by-products.

To book your special meal contact the airline here.

For further information on special meals, check here.


First and Business Class passengers can choose from 18 pre-order meals before departure. These dishes include prawns, fish, beef, pork, chicken, duck, and vegetarian options.

Pre-order meals are available on the following flights’ ex Beijing CA981 Beijing-New York CA983 Beijing-Los Angeles, CA985 Beijing-San Francisco, CA991 Beijing-Vancouver,  CA931 Beijing-Frankfurt, CA961 Beijing-Munich, CA933 Beijing-Paris, CA937 Beijing-London, CA939 Beijing-Rome, CA907 Beijing-Madrid.

Passengers can pre-order their meals up to 4 pm on the day before departure but note that the pre-order meal reservation service is restricted to dinner services only.

For more information on pre-order meals, please click here.


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