Popular airline Emirates sees whopping 154% year-on-year increase in vegan meals

Author: Liam Gilliver

Read Time:   |  18th January 2023

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Emirates served a staggering 280,000 plant-based dishes last year, as the demand for vegan food continues to soar


Emirates has seen a 154 percent increase in vegan meals from 2021 to 2022.

The airline – which has offered vegan dishes since the 1990s – served more than 280,000 plant-based meals last year.

It says vegan-friendly dishes have ‘been rapidly gaining popularity’ in the last decade, particularly on US, Australian, some European and UK routes.

Vegan options on Emirates

The airline currently offers a staggering 180 recipes catering to vegan passengers, with Economy favourites including a creamy spinach and avocado mousseline, multicoloured quinoa, and a barley risotto.

Emirates also launched a brand-new gourmet vegan menu in 2022 to First and Business Class, including chef-curated dishes such as pan-roasted king oyster mushrooms, jackfruit biryani, and a chocolate truffle cake.

In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, the company said: “The benefits of plant-powered choices are of increasing interest to health-conscious customers who may not define themselves as vegan but will occasionally choose lighter choices to complement their lifestyle. 

“Alternative products used onboard Emirates include items like artisan vegan cheese, chickpea flour instead of white flour. 

“[This is] because chickpea flour is gluten-free and naturally aerates dishes like crepes and omelettes to an irresistible fluffy texture.”

Economy vegan options include a creamy spinach and avocado mousseline and a chocolate tofu cheesecake. Image credit: Emirates

Economy vegan options include a creamy spinach and avocado mousseline and a chocolate tofu cheesecake. Image credit: Emirates

How to order a vegan meal on Emirates Flights

Vegan options are available to order and pre-order onboard and in Emirates Lounges.

Passengers can request vegan meals on all Emirates flights and across all classes of travel up to 24 hours before departure.

However, the airline states that on high-demand routes, plant-based meals are provided as part of the main menu options.

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Written by

Liam Gilliver

Liam is a journalist working for the Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine. He's also the author of We're Worried About Him and has been published in the likes of The Independent, Huffington Post, and Attitude Magazine.

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