KLM offer a wide range of meals and tastes for the various passengers they fly around the world. Options for passengers include local cuisine (even in economy class) and the possibility for economy class passengers to pay to upgrade their inflight meal. Meals and snacks are always free on KLM.

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Pre-order upgrade meals are currently not available. 

They are generally available for economy class passengers on all intercontinental flights from Amsterdam, except for flights to Aruba, Bonaire, Entebbe, Kigali, Fortaleza, Tel Aviv and Toronto.

Think of it as an inflight upgrade to your meal; meal choices are Indonesian rice dishes, Bella Italia, Japanese Delight, Champagne Delight or Captains Choice. Meals are only EUR12.00 and passengers of the Flying Blue Miles program can pay with miles too.

Order the meals during the booking process or via the ‘My Trip’ function on the KLM website. Order from 90 days until 48 hours before departure. You can also order when checking in online between 30 and 24 hours before departure.


Can be ordered on intercontinental flights only at least 48 hours before departure.

The choices are Muslim, Kosher, Hindu, Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Salt, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Asian, Lacto-Ovo, Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, Kids Meal and Baby Meal.

You can order your special meal by clicking here and using the manage my trip tab to select your meal.

For further information on special meals click here.



On flights, up to 45 minutes expect a sweet and a savoury snack.

On flights, up to 2 hours expect to be served sandwiches with different fillings, a wrap or a sweet and a savoury snack.

On flights longer than 120 minutes you will be offered a hot snack and sweet pastry.


For all other flights expect a proper meal tray service with unique local dining options depending on where you are flying to/from. Generally, on long haul services, you will receive a welcome service of bottled water, refresher towel and headphones. Meal service will consist of a large salad served alongside a hot meal option, cheese and crackers and dessert. If hungry during the flight you can head to the galley and take some snacks from the pantry. Just ask the crew.

Indian Flights

Economy class KLM meals on Indian flights include a range of dishes created with chefs from the Oberoi hotel group.

China Flights

Economy class KLM meals on Chinese routes have been developed with chefs from China.

Korea Flights

Economy class KLM meals on Korean flights have been created with the Yongsusan Korean Royal Cuisine restaurant.

Japan Flights

Chef Masanori Tomikawa has created economy class KLM meals on flights to Japan from Japanese restaurant Yamazato Hotel Okura Amsterdam.


If you’re flying within Europe, you can enjoy meals that have been created by top Dutch chefs and served on Marcel Wanders tableware. Since October 2018 the airline has launched a new dining concept for business class flights within Europe, giving passengers more control and a more refined format.  The new meal box has more individual elements have been added to it, which allows you to determine how to put your meal together.

Morning flights will include a box containing a breakfast with fresh fruit and cold cuts consisting of cheese and meat with a hot roll. For the rest of the day, expect salads and side dishes.  Further, the products are sustainable and locally produced.

On flights to Cagliari, Helsinki, Ibiza, Porto, Split and Valencia you can choose when you want to dine. There is also an additional second meal service consisting of a Dutch croquette snack or a spinach-and-feta pastry.

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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.