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Special meal
Updated on 24 Aug 2023

Thinking of our customers, we have improved and diversified the special meals offer with new, healthier, and tastier recipes: vegan, gluten-free, low-calorie, and other options to suit all tastes.

You can order a special meal for your client, free of charge, at least 24 hours before departure. 

Special meals available:

  • Economy Class - on flights of more than 5 hours.
  • Business Class - on most flights longer than 90 minutes (with meal service).

On certain flights, especially those including stopovers and flights with overnight stays, special meals are not available, with the exception of kosher meals, which can always be requested.

It is also possible to celebrate on board of our planes with Birthday or Wedding Cake and Sparkling Wine.

List of Special Meals
 
Type of meal
Code
Information 
Vegan meal
VGML 
Does not contain meat, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, dairy products or derivatives.
Lacto-ovo vegetarian meal  
VLML 
Does not contain meat, fish or seafood. May contain dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese and eggs. 
Hindu vegetarian meal 
AVML 
Does not contain fish, shellfish, meat, poultry or eggs. Does not also contain onion, garlic, mushrooms, caffeine or very
processed foods. 
*Kosher meal
KSML 
Strictly kosher food prepared to comply with Jewish dietary laws. 
Muslim meal 
MOML 
Does not contain pork, by-products of pork or ingredients containing alcohol. All meat and poultry products used are certified
as slaughtered according to halal guidelines. 
Baby meal  
BBML 
 It consists of simple and mashed foods, meat or fish puree, and fruit puree.
Children's meal 
CHML 
This meal is available for children ages 2-11 (inclusive) and includes food offerings that appeal to children. 
**Diabetic meal 
DBML 
Does not contain sugars, syrups, jams, cakes, and chocolate. Food with reduced carbohydrate content, less fat. 
** Gluten-free meal 
GFML 
In the case of gluten intolerance (gluten protein). The meal is prepared without ingredients containing gluten. 
Low-calorie meal 
LCML 
Calorie-reduced meal, rich in dietary fibre low in fat and carbohydrates. 
Low-fat meal 
LFML 
A high-fibre meal with reduced fat. 
Low-salt meal 
LSML 
Does not contain salt and baking soda/powder. 
***Lactose-free meal
NLML 
The meal is prepared without ingredients containing lactose. 
 

Conditions: 

These services are only available on flights operated by TAP or operated on its behalf and by TAP Express.
You can request a special meal for your client at least 24 hours before departure (or at least 7 days in advance in the case of food allergies or intolerances - see "Food allergies and intolerances" tab).

  • Economy Class - on flights over 5 hours in length.
  • Business Class - on most flights over 90 minutes in length (with meal service).

Except:
* Flights departing Luanda, KSML meals must be requested 72 hours prior to flight departure.
** Flights departing from Accra no DBML and GFML meals are served.
*** Flights departing Abidjan no NLML meals are served.

Notes:
  • On certain flights, especially those including stopovers and overnight flights, we do not have special meals available, with the exception of kosher meals.
  • On identified bookings of potentially disruptive passengers - INAD/RECL/DEPU/DEPA - it is not necessary to insert the meal request. TAP will act, inserting the SR SPML in which plastic cutlery will be provided.

 

GDS Entries

Amadeus
SR VGML  
SR KSML/P3/S2
SR DBML/P1


Galileo
SI.VGML
SI.KSML/P3/S2
SI.DBML/P1

Sabre
3VGML-1.1
3KSML-3.1
3DBML-1.1

 

Food Allergies and Intolerances

If the passenger has any severe allergies due to the ingestion of certain food, it is possible to request a special meal suited to their needs. 
Make sure the route is eligible and request the correct meal no later than 7 days before the departure of each flight.

If the passenger has a severe allergy due to inhalation/exposure (in the air) to any food, TAP cannot guarantee that the aircraft cabin is free of the allergen in question, since the in-flight service cannot be changed and we cannot control the food/products that other passengers bring on board.

To avoid any inconvenience, before traveling, we recommend that passengers consult their doctor and, if necessary, have in their cabin carry-on the appropriate medication for their condition.

 Other conditions: 

These services are only available on flights operated by TAP or operated on its behalf and by TAP Express.

Special meals available:

  • Economy Class - on flights over 5 hours in length.
  • Business Class - on most flights over 90 minutes in length (with meal service).

Except:
* Flights departing Luanda, KSML meals must be requested 72 hours prior to flight departure.
** Flights departing from Accra no DBML and GFML meals are served.
*** Flights departing Abidjan no NLML meals are served.

Notes:
  • On certain flights, especially those including stopovers and overnight flights, we do not have special meals available, with the exception of kosher meals.
  • On identified bookings of potentially disruptive passengers - INAD/RECL/DEPU/DEPA - it is not necessary to insert the meal request. TAP will act, inserting the SR SPML in which plastic cutlery will be provided.

 

GDS Entries

Important note: in order for the service to be confirmed, it is required to indicate whether the allergy is by ingestion or inhalation

 

Amadeus
SR SPML-ALLERGIC TO NUTS BY INGESTION/P1

Galileo
SI.SPML*ALLERGIC TO NUTS BY INGESTION/P1

Sabre
3SPML/ALLERGIC TO NUTS BY INGESTION -1.1

 

Meals for Babies and Children on Board 

TAP offers special meals for babies and children.

The baby meal (BBML) is available on long-haul flights and in Business Class on some medium-haul flights.

The children's meal (CHML) between the ages of 2 and 11 (inclusive) is available:

  • In Economy Class on flights lasting more than 5h
  • Business Class on flights lasting more than 90 minutes (with meal service)
  • They are not served on flights with overnight stays on some stopovers, which are catered for both outbound and return (double catering). Any special meal reservation request made on these flights will receive "NO" or "UC" and an error message, with the exception of kosher meals, which can always be requested. 
  • Not available from TMS. 

 

GDS Entries

Amadeus
SR BBML
SR CHML/P3/S2


Galileo

SI.BBML
SI.CHML/P3/S2

Sabre

3BBML-1.1
3CHML-3.1

 

Celebrate with Cake, and Portuguese Sparkling Wine

Passengers can enjoy Birthday or Wedding Cake and Sparkling Wine on board our planes. 

Book request: SSR CKML/ SSR BOML:

SSR

PRICE

CKML - Celebration cake - Anniversary / Honeymoon

€45.00 (about 1kg)

BOML - Bottle of Sparkling Wine

€25.00 (75cl)

Conditions:

  • Available in Economy and Business Class. 
  • Orders must be made and paid up to 7 days / 168h before departure. Requests less than 7 days before departure will not be accepted.
  • These requests are subject to confirmation and availability and are not served on flights between destinations in Mainland Portugal.

GDS Entries

Amadeus

SR CKML

SR BOML/P2/S3

Galileo

SI.CKML

SI.BOML/P2/S3

Sabre

3CKML-1.1

3BOML-3.1

 

 

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