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Do British Airways short haul flights include meals?

Not really. British Airways provides a complimentary bottle of water, tea, coffee, and a small snack on short-haul flights departing from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Additional food items can be pre-ordered or purchased during your flight (subject to limited stock).

Flights to/from Amman and Cairo offer complimentary meals and bar service.

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Pre Order

British Airways has collaborated with renowned Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge from the United Kingdom to create an exclusive in-flight menu. To enjoy these offerings, passengers must pre-order their meal and drink from the Speedbird Café before their flight.

Here are some of the choices available:

Tom Kerridge Ham Hock and Smoked Cheddar Sandwich £4.50

Tom Kerridge Coronation Chicken Sandwich £4.70

Tom Kerridge Sweet & Spicy Falafel Wrap £4.80

Tom Kerridge Three Cheese & Chutney Sandwich £4.50


Do British Airways long haul flights include meals?

Yes! Meals on long-haul British Airways flights are included in the ticket price. Main meals are typically served within two hours of take-off, with a smaller meal served within two hours of landing. On overnight flights, breakfast is provided. Flights under 8.5 hours receive a small snack as the second meal service.

Do you get free alcohol on British Airways?

Both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are complimentary on British Airways long haul flights. (Short haul offers a paid bar service)

Meal Timings

Breakfast for flights departing before 09:30

Brunch for flights departing between 09:30 and 11:59

Lunch for flights departing between 12:00 and 13:59

Afternoon Tea for flights departing between 14:00 and 16:59

Dinner for flights departing after 17:00

Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus)

For passengers flying from London in premium economy, meals are sourced from the business class cabin. On Asian or African routes, locally inspired dishes may also be offered to premium economy passengers. These meals can be pre-ordered through the BA website.


British Airways offers a variety of special meals to accommodate the dietary preferences and restrictions of its passengers. However, please note that not all special meal types are available on every flight, and there may be instances where your chosen meal cannot be provided.

Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: This is a vegetarian meal that may include eggs and dairy products.

Vegan vegetarian: This is a strictly vegetarian meal that is entirely free of animal products, including honey, eggs, and dairy products.

Asian vegetarian: A vegetarian meal with flavors inspired by spices from the Indian subcontinent, typically mildly spiced.

Hindu: Prepared according to the requirements of the Hindu religion, this meal does not contain beef products and is flavored with spices from the Indian subcontinent. It is mildly spiced.

Halal: Halal meals are prepared following Halal guidelines and do not contain pork, pork by-products, or ingredients containing alcohol.

Jain: This is an Indian vegetarian meal prepared in accordance with Jain principles, using appropriate vegetables and grains.

Kosher: Prepared according to Jewish dietary laws. However, it is not available on certain routes.

Child meal: Suitable for young travelers between the ages of 2-12 years, this meal may contain beef and pork products.

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Baby meal: On long-haul flights, baby bottle/food warming facilities are available, along with a limited stock of baby food and milk. Passengers are advised to carry their own baby food and equipment in their hand baggage, as it is not possible to order baby meals or sterilize bottles on board.

Diabetic: Designed for passengers with diabetes, this meal contains minimal sugar content and maintains an equal balance of proteins, fats, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. Information about meal service times is provided to help passengers plan their medication during the journey.

Gluten intolerant: This meal is suitable for customers on a gluten-free diet and does not contain wheat, wheat flour, barley, oats, rye, bread, cakes (unless wheat-free), pastry, or any flour-based products.

Low calorie: Intended for passengers on a low-calorie diet, this meal excludes fried or fatty foods, sugar, full cream dairy products, fatty meats, sweets, and certain sauces such as mayonnaise and salad dressing.

Low fat: Designed for passengers on a low-fat diet, this meal contains limited amounts of saturated fat.

Low salt: For passengers on a low-sodium diet, this meal is prepared without added salt during preparation.

Low lactose: Tailored for passengers who are lactose-intolerant and cannot consume dairy products like cheese and milk.

Order your special meal here.


Passengers travelling in Club World on most flights can select their meal before their flight. Orders can be placed from 30 days up to 24 hours before your flight via the manage your booking function.

Long Haul

A new service concept was recently launched in Club World, which will see the cabin crew hand running most meals or using new carts. Expect to have your starter and the main meal ordered at the same time; there will be no more service trolleys in the cabin.

Starters and desserts are now chosen from the new carts in the cabin. Special meals are now delivered at the same time as everyone else’s meals. The airline is investing heavily in the inflight catering, so expect quality catering, especially from Heathrow from their partner Do&Co.

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You can view sample menus from Club World right here.

Short Haul

Menus are now changed fortnightly with a focus on more British themed options. Expect to see Union Hand-Roasted coffee, Twinings Tea and other great British brands served in the cabin. For morning departures you will have the choice of up to three breakfast options including cured meats or smoked salmon, a hot English breakfast or a hot vegetarian breakfast.

Lunch and dinner will include an appetiser, main course choice and premium dessert. On shorter flights, you will have a choice of two fresh main course salads. Longer flights will offer three main course options ( two being hot offerings) and salad.


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