Airlines have been slow to take off when it comes to serving vegan meals.
Every vegan traveler knows the frustration of dealing with airline food. Even when a vegetarian option is available, it's not always possible to "veganize" it.
If you're like me, you probably forget to call airlines ahead of time to book "special meals".
However, a few airlines are breaking ground, offering up vegan-friendly meals on flights.
Unfortunately, it's rare to score a full vegan meal on a flight without pre-booking.
When booking flights directly with an airline, you'll often have a choice of meal. However, if you're budget conscious like me and use deal-finding booking sites like Avia Sales & Trip.com then you might not receive a choice to book meals. In this case, you'll need to call ahead within 24 hours of check in to secure the meal.
It's common for airlines to forget special meal orders. I recommend bringing back-up snacks, especially on long-haul flights.
The Australian airline, Jetstar, has been hailed as the most vegan-friendly airline after introducing a vegan menu on international and domestic flights.
Food isn't included in Jetstar fares, so you'll need to pre-book or make the purchase on board.
PETA praised the move, naming Jetstar Australia's most vegan-friendly airline.
Major Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific is now serving plant-based meat on board.
The airline announced its aircrafts will serve Omnipork, vegan minced pork made from non-GMO soy, pea protein, shiitake mushrooms, and rice.
Unfortunately, vegan meals are still listed under "special meals" and thus must be booked in advance.
View their vegan and vegetarian menus here.
Etihad has a good selection of vegan meals available.
They list vegan meals as vegetarian on their website but specify which meals contain animal by-products and which do not.
Like most airlines, you'll need to book ahead at least 24 hours before you fly.
British Airways do offer a vegan menu, which you can pre-book prior to flying.
Make sure to specify "vegan" when booking. They state on their website, they may serve food containing dairy if failure to do so.
A downside to British Airways is vegan options are not available on all flights.
Qatar Airways is another airline that gets good vegan food.
Their vegan menu is listed in the vegetarian section of their "special meals" section.
They serve Indian food onboard certain flights, which is incredibly delicious.
American Airlines has recently improved on its menu to include vegan options after growing passenger demand.
They have since expanded their special menu to include vegan meals on international and most domestic flights.
You'll also need to book ahead for these meals.
Singapore Airlines offer vegan options on request.
While meals state vegetarian, the menu specifies which meals are dairy and egg-free.
You'll need to pre-book the meal 24 hours prior to flying.