Local in-flight meal guide

2012-08-21 16:03

It's amazing how much of our lives are arranged around meals, just about every big occasion is celebrated with a suitably big table churning under dishes and plates.

So, because we know how important food is to everyone, we've done a round-up of what you can expect from in-flight meals on a selection of local flights.



Never an airline to complicate things too much, Kulula sticks to a pretty simple menu. Unfortunately food isn't included in the ticket price, so be prepared to pay if you're feeling a little peckish.

Food: You can choose between rolls, munchies, and combos. With the rolls you have a choice of either meaty or cheesy, so if you're vegetarian and lactose intolerant it would be best to turn your gaze to the snacks. Here you can indulge in chocolate bars, biltong, crisps, muffins or fruit gums. If you're going to be ordering a drink too, check out the combo options and save a cent or two.

Drinks: As with the food, the drinks selection is pretty simple. If you're after something with a bit of fizz, Appletizer, Coca-Cola or Coke light are your options. They also offer fruit juices, mineral water and the usual selection of hot drinks. Feeling like something with a little kick? Red and white wine are available, as well as rose, or a selection of beers, but no spirits.

Prices: Rolls cost R35 and the snacks between R10 and R30, depending on what you get. Hot drinks, water, cold drinks and fruit juices cost between R10 and R15, while wine goes for R30 and beer for R15.

How to pay: Preferably cash, but credit cards are also accepted. Unfortunately debit or cheque cards will not do the trick.

Check out Kulula's menu for yourself.


Photo: My Shtetl

Meals are not included in the price of your ticket, but this doesn't mean you're going to starve mid-air.

Food: 1Time offers its passengers a comprehensive menu with anything from muffins and sandwiches to Fairview Cheese platters. If you feel like something smaller, they also offer a selection of snacks like chocolate, chips and biltong.

Drinks: Alcoholic beverages are served on all flights, this includes wine, beer, ciders and spirits. Other than that coffee/tea, hot chocolate and cappuccino can be ordered, as well as a variety of juices, cold drinks and water.

Prices: Expect to pay between R20 and R35 for meals like rolls, salads, cheese platters and also biltong. Muffins and noodles go for about R15 and snacks for R10. For the beverages, you'd shell out between R14 and R18 for a beer, and between R20 and R30 for wine or spirits. Hot drinks, juices, and cold drinks cost between R10 and R20.

How to pay: They only accept cash payments onboard, but you are also able to purchase meal vouchers from the website prior to your flight.

Check out 1Time's menu.


Meals are not included in the ticket price, so make sure you take some cash along to sample the items on their in-flight menu.

Food: They offer a selection of sandwiches, snacks and, on morning flights, muffins as well. If your kids are flying with you, make sure you invest in a kiddies pack to keep them entertained and fed.

Drinks: Hot drink options include coffee, tea or hot chocolate, otherwise you can opt for a fizzy drink, a fruit juice or water. Alcoholic beverages are available on most flights and include wine and beer, but not spirits.

Prices: Sandwiches cost between R25 and R30, and snacks between R5 and R27. A kiddies box, including a colouring picture, crayons, a toy, chips, a sweet and juice will cost R30. Non-alcoholic beverages are all priced between R9 and R15, while alcoholic ones cost between R15 and R30.

How to pay: Cash is the preferred means of payment.

Check out Mango's menu.


Photo: Country gourmet traveller

Meals aboard SAA are included in the price of the ticket, so you don't need to carry cash or a credit card to pay for your snacks. They describe their food as a "menu of culinary delights" created by their team of celebrity chefs. Alcoholic beverages, including a range of great South African wines, are available on all flights.

Special meals are offered on selected flights only. Order and confirm these meals no less than 24 hours prior to departure time.

Of interest: South African Airways is the first airline to be granted honorary membership to the South African Chefs' Association, ensuring the impeccable quality you deserve.

British Airways

All meals are included in the price of your ticket, so you don't need to carry cash or a credit card to pay for your onboard snacks. All meals are carefully created by leading chefs, and seasonal produce is incorporated wherever possible to ensure freshness and full flavour.

Alcoholic beverages are served on all flights. Special dietary requirements are catered for if the airline is informed in advance.

Club (business class) - offers customers a great selection of chef preferred meals catering to all discerning palates. The menu is carefully crafted using valuable customer feedback and menu's are reviewed every six months. Apart from a great meal offering relevant to the time of travel, they also offer a great selection of award winning wines and fine beverages.

Traveller(economy class)- also receive top class food selections catered by Food Directions. A wide range of bevarages are also available.

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