Hainan airlines meals are a mixture of Chinese and Western dishes that are created by the airlines head chef Mr Wang Hongren he has worked in many five-star hotels for over 20 years. Innovations have included the ‘Healthy Steamed Meals’ series which debuted on Beijing–Haikou and Beijing–Shanghai Hongqiao flights and consisted of low oil steamed meals and dishes.


Long haul flights feature printed menus for economy class customers, a choice of two or three hot meals served with your choice of beverages including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There are at least two meal services on long-haul flights longer than seven hours. Hot meal choices on long-haul services will include two Chinese dishes and one Western dish.

You can also access snacks and drinks, in-between meal services, in the galley during the flight.


White/Red wine

Heineken or Yanjing Beer

Orange, Tomato, Coconut, Tropical Juice.

Cock, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta

For further information on economy class dining check with Hainan Airlines here.


Special meals on Hainan Airlines can be booked during the booking process or by contacting the airline here.

Meals require at least 48 hours notice, and some meals may not be available on all routes.

Hindu, Kosher, Muslim, Vegetarian Hindu, Raw Vegetarian, Vegetarian, Vegetarian Lacto Ovo, Vegetarian Oriental Meal, Bland Meal, Diabetic, Gluten-Free, Low Calorie, Low Salt, Low Fat, No Lactose, Special Meal, Baby, Child, Fruit meal and Seafood.


Business-class passengers can opt for an express service meal to give you more rest time. The cold meal option will include an appetiser from the inflight menu, fruit and bread. The hot meal option consists of an entree, fruit and bread.

Inflight catering menus include a choice of two starters, two soup options, salad and four main meal choices. Main meals include Chinese, Western and International offerings. Finally, dessert will offer four options, including ice cream, a sweet, fruit or cheese.

Expect at least two meal services on long-haul business class international routes (depending on flight duration).

On the following flights, Hainan Airlines has collaborated with local Michelin star chefs to create a series of local and international offerings for you.

On flights from Paris to Xi’an, you can sample dishes from chef Mathieu Viannay the offering include traditional French cuisine. On flights departing Brussels, you can taste dishes from Jean Michel Lorain from Burgundy. Michelin star Chef Christof Lang’s dishes will feature on flights from Berlin while Alyn Williams has created recipes for flights from London and Manchester. On flights from Prague to Beijing Chef Roman Paulus has created some dishes, while Sydney based Brent Savage has created dishes for flights from Sydney, Auckland and Cairns. Chef Alciati features on flights from Italy, and Chef Zhou Xiaoyan has produced some Chinese dishes on flights.


Business-class beverages on Hainan Airlines include:

Cocktails: Eight options such as Passion Sandy, Whisky/Soda, Screwdriver, Wine Spritzer, Bloody Mary, Gin and Tonic, Campari & Orange and Black Russian.

Campari, Johnnie Walker Black Label, Chivas Regal 12 years, Hennessy VSOP, Stolichnaya Vodka, London Gin, Baileys, Kahlua, Grand Marnier. Beers- Heineken, Yanjing Beer, Kaiserdom Dark.

Wines up to 7 white and red options, a mix of French/Europe and Worldwide offerings. 

An extensive Chinese Tea menu as well as a Western tea menu.

Machine coffee is offered on A350 and B787 services (Cappuccino/Latte/Espresso) plus Arabica, Columbia, and many other options on other aircraft types.

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Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.