Air Canada Expands In-Flight Food and Beverage Offerings

Air Canada has officially announced a number of enhancements to its in-flight meal, snack, and beverage offerings available in all classes of service.

The changes include adding many rotating seasonal recipes and new Canadian-produced snacks, as well as the ability for passengers travelling in premium economy and business class to pre-select meals on a wider range of flights.

Air Canada Expands In-Flight Food & Beverage Offerings

Air Canada has announced a number of in-flight meal service enhancements, which benefit passengers in all classes of service.

Canada’s largest airline has introduced more than 100 new rotating seasonal recipes, showcasing bigger, bolder flavours that cater to a wider variety of tastes and palettes.

In the latest upgrades to Air Canada’s meal service, the airline is spotlighting the influence of its culinary partners Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Vikram Vij, and Chef Jérôme Ferrer to showcase flavours, textures, and ingredients that are elevated at cruising altitude, especially when paired with wines selected by Air Canada’s sommelier Véronique Rivest.

New Meal Options in Economy

In economy class, passengers on international flights can enjoy new dishes such as red Thai chicken and rice, or chicken cacciatore with roasted potatoes and bell peppers. On flights that offer a hot breakfast service, passengers can enjoy a new pancake with 100% pure Canadian maple syrup as an option.

Economy passengers departing from Europe can enjoy new Monty’s Bakehouse savoury pastries, including coconut chicken and potato, sour cream and chive, which come in addition to existing appetizer options on other routes such as soba noodles, chaat, hummus and vegetables, and more.

Air Canada is also rolling out an upgraded Bistro menu throughout 2024, with options such as hearty peppercorn roast beef sandwiches, tasty cheeseburger sliders, and fresh new vegan options like Mediterranean hummus wraps.

New Meal Options in Premium Cabins

Air Canada is also introducing a number of enhancements to the meal service available to passengers in premium cabins, including premium economy and Signature Class  – Air Canada’s top-tier business class offering. 

Passengers travelling to international destinations will notice new options that highlight flavours from around the world, such as succulent chicken thighs with mandi rice and Emirati bzar sauce, roasted salmon in teriyaki sauce with Shandong noodles, and a Middle Eastern mezze plate appetizer.

Air Canada is also showcasing Canadian ingredients at its lounges and on its flights, including the return of wild-caught Fogo Island cod at the Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

If you like to toast your experience with a glass of bubbly, you’ll be able to enjoy Haton Cuvée Classique and Duval-Leroy Brut Réserve on international flights, and Jaillance Brut Traditionnel, a Crémant de Bordeaux AOP of French fines bulles, on flights within North America and to the Caribbean.

If sparkling wine doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, Air Canada will offer Quebec-made Montellier sparkling water in premium cabins, too.

Some new light meals available in premium cabins include warm flatbread with arugula, chicken tenders with coleslaw, and cobb salad, as well as elevated charcuterie and cheese plate offerings.

Fret not – Air Canada will continue to serve the ubiquitous parsley omelette with chicken sausage; however, you can also expect to see new breakfast options, such as clafoutis and pancakes with 100% pure Canadian maple syrup.

New Snacks and Beverages

Air Canada will serve new snacks and beverages on all flights, including new options that highlight Canadian producers.

For example, buttery herb and garlic craft pretzels by family-owned and female-led TWIGZ from Alberta are now complimentary in all cabins on flights less than two hours within North America, as well as in economy cabins on international flights.

You’ll also notice Sweet Sixteen original candy mix from Quebec, Chomps grass-fed beef jerky, and Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Squares with sea salt caramel filling. These come in addition to the usual suspects, including Kit Kat chocolate bars, Miss Vickie’s potato chips, and Made Good granola bars.

You can find these options, which include options for gluten-free, vegan, kosher, halal-suitable, keto, and paleo-friendly choices, in Air Canada Signature Class, Air Canada premium economy, and on flights to and from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

As for beverages, passengers can find options from luxury tea purveyor Dilmah, including Ceylon Earl Grey, chamomile, peppermint, green, lemon & ginger, and orange pekoe teas served in international and North American business class, as well as Dilmah’s orange pekoe now brewed in economy and premium economy cabins.

Air Canada will also serve specialty teas on select routes, including jasmine tea on flights to China, masala chai on flights to India, brown rice green tea on flights to South Korea, and Japanese green tea on flights to Japan.

Air Canada Meal Pre-Ordering Expands

In 2023, Air Canada debuted meal pre-ordering on flights to South America. With this feature, passengers in premium economy and business class on Air Canada flights can pre-select their onboard meal from 30 days until 72 hours prior to departure.

In 2024, Air Canada will roll out meal pre-ordering on premium flights within North America, beginning with flights that offer Air Canada Signature Class and premium economy. 

Later on in 2024, Air Canada will introduce the ability to pre-order second meal choices on international flights in Signature Class and premium economy.

As a reminder, if your flight is eligible for meal pre-selection, you can make your choice on the Air Canada website or through the Air Canada app.


Air Canada has announced a number of new enhancements to its onboard meal service in all classes of service.

Passengers can expect to find a diverse array of more than 100 rotating seasonal options, as well as new options for snacks and beverages.

For passengers travelling in premium cabins, the popular meal pre-selection option will expand to other routes in 2024, including the ability to choose a second meal option later this year.

  1. Simon

    I can’t say I’m impressed by them ditching Heineken beer. Moslon Canadian is a poor second choice. That being got off my chest, does anyone know how I can find an ingredients list for the new food. I have an intolerance to mustard and almonds and am pretty sure I inadvertently ingested the former on my flight from CDG to YUL yesterday.

  2. Ken

    AC continues its race to the bottom and I’ll continue voting with my wallet. I almost never fly AC internationally anymore.

  3. AC 3 million miler flyer

    AC’s food has been going downhill for a long time and these changes along with other things have really sucked.

    What’s this disgusting coucous plate they have been serving on YOW/YUL-YYZ? Looks cheap and pathetic. Not very tasty either. It seems like they ran out of money and are now serving something for the sake of serving something. (Why is there no picture of this? Too embarrassed?)

    What are these inflight “light bites” where I have only two choices? Chicken pot pie (thank god that’s gone now?) and some crappy salad?

    Also, the downgrade of the champagne from Laurent Perrier? And the removal of Perrier water?

    This seems like change for the sake of change. And marketing all about nothing (trying to spin things into a positive story when frankly there’s nothing positive here).

    Also, what’s this about making passengers wait for the amenity kit and slippers on a night flight (instead of those two items already sitting at the seat along with the headset)? I was told this is a newly implemented spec. Are they trying to save a kit or a 2 cent slipper, hoping they don’t have to give it out if the passenger has already passed out? I don’t want to have to wait until we are airborne to get my kit and slippers. Give it to me while I’m still awake on the ground!

  4. Here Hare

    And in what decade will they finally serve bubbles in the departure lounge? Sigh.

  5. John Brian Batter

    Chicken and rice forever more. Cheap. Cheap. Air Canada must own a chicken farm and a rice paddy. The “Chiefs” should be ashamed.Air Canada motto – We’re not happy unless yo’re unhappy

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