On my way to and from India, I flew with Emirates with layovers in Dubai. This was my first experience flying Emirates. I was excited to fly with them as I was going to be flying business class on the double decker Airbus —–. What a treat!
Emirates is known for their service.
I called ahead and ordered my gluten free meal. I know airlines have restrictions with their special diet meals, but to me and for others with multiple allergies or intolerances it is annoying that you can only give one option. I can only say, gluten free. So soy free is left up to chance. In my experience, gluten free meals on airlines always mean fish. Which is bad for me since I don’t eat fish. But I had higher hopes knowing Emirates was known for their service and multi course meals.
Knowing I’d be on a plane for almost 20 hours with a layover too, I packed food with me and I stocked up on some snacks at the airport too. At YYZ Toronto Pearson Airport terminal 1, I found a cheese stick, yogurt drink, fruit smoothie, water, Pure gum and banana. I figured that even if I couldn’t eat everything the airlines served me, I’d still be ok.
Meals were multi course with real cutlery and cloth napkins. Seems a bit overboard for an airlines. But it was very luxurious after all. Like I predicted, several of the courses were fish. But thankfully there was always a couple of things I could eat from each meal. I was also surprised to see that almost each meal was served with gluten free bread. I didn’t eat the bread because I couldn’t be sure if there was soya, guar gum or xantham gum in it, but still a nice touch. I did however eat some of the tea party sandwiches they served me on the flight home.
When they served me dinner of mostly fish, I asked them of there was anything else I could eat since I didn’t eat fish and they were always accommodating. They would bring me out a fruit plate and a cheese board.