Note that on most flights within Australia the airline is eliminating meals as a temporary measure. Passengers will be offered a bottle of water and a snack.

Qantas meals are complimentary to all customers travelling on a Qantas operated service. The airline has worked with chef Neil Perry since 1997 to create inflight dishes. Customers in First, and Business class and Premium Economy class can sample his creations.

Below you will find information on the range of special meals, domestic Economy drinks and dining as well as international Premium Economy meals.

For an idea of what to expect on domestic short hops in Australia, check the Inflight Feed Qantas meal review here.


Special meals can be ordered up to 24 hours before departure; however, Kosher meals must be requested at least 36 hours before departure. Note that if flying on a domestic economy flight where only refreshments or supper is served, it’s not possible to order a special meal.

To order special meals, manage your Qantas booking here

Other special meals available for order are Diabetic, Child’s meal, Fruit Platter, Gluten Intolerance, Hindu, Infant, Kosher Meal, Moslem (Halal), Vegetarian (Asian Indian Style), Vegetarian (Lacto-Ovo), Vegetarian (Oriental), Vegetarian (Strict Indian) and Vegan meals.


Everyone is offered complimentary inflight dining and refreshments, depending on the time of day you travel and the duration of the flight.

Your flight departure time will dictate what will be served. As you can see from the below timings at main meal times, you will be served a meal, while at other times you’ll be served refreshments. Note that only refreshments are served on short flights such as Melbourne to Canberra and Sydney to Canberra. Lunch options will include pies, pastries or sandwiches, while dinner services will consist of a hot dinner box option or salad.

From 5 am to 8.59am – Breakfast box

From 9 am to 11.59am – Refreshment service

From 12 pm to 1.30pm – Lunch service

From 1.31pm to 5.29pm – Refreshment service

From 5.30pm to 8 pm – Dinner box

From 8.01pm until 4.59am – Refreshment service

Wine and beer are free on all flights to Perth from major capital cities after 12 pm,  from Adelaide/Brisbane/Canberra/Melbourne and Sydney after 4 pm as well as Canberra and Adelaide/Brisbane/Melbourne/Sydney after 4 pm. Qantaslink offers complimentary alcohol on all services after 4 pm. However, Qantaslink Boeing 717, F100 and A320 services have a paid bar service only.

The cost of wine and beer is $6.00.


Menu Select is a pre-order meal service available on selected international flights for Business, Premium Economy and Economy class passengers.

You can pre-order your meal from a range of dishes either via the Qantas App or at the manage my booking function on the Qantas website.

How do you order? Just retrieve your booking through the ‘Manage Your Booking function and pre-order your meal up to 12 hours before departure, but not before seven days.


Qantas is now offering a more restaurant-style meal service on select international flights. After takeoff passengers will be served a signature Bickfords welcome drink which has been made exclusively for Qantas. Meal trays are gone, and restaurant-style dining will now be served to all customers in economy, including bigger meals and more meal choices.


Qantas premium economy passengers can pre-order their meal choice before departure on select flights. If you prefer not to eat during your flight, you can select the ‘No meal’ option up to 12 hours before departure. Drinks and other snacks will still be available to you inflight. All passengers in premium economy enjoy pre-takeoff beverages as well as a wide range of snacks and drinks with the continuous refreshment service throughout the flight. If that’s not enough on A380 flights, there is a self-service snack bar.

About The Author

Founder of Inflight Feed

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.