Pre-ordering inflight meals saves money, offers more menu choices and helps save the environment

Yes, we’ve all been there and done that.

A few clicks from completing our flight bookings, a prompt appears to ask us if we’d like to pre-order our meals for the journey. We give it a thought, scroll through the menu options and then move on. Rarely does a person think beyond the booking page to the purpose of an airline’s services and initiatives. In the case of pre-made meals, it’s to do with Cebu Pacific’s commitment toward lowering the carbon footprint of its operations — and managing the dining habits of its passengers plays a part.

According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), one-third of all food produced in the world goes to waste. The food that ends up being discarded from food establishments makes up a significant part of this global problem. If everyone lends a hand in minimizing food loss and food waste, explains a paper from the FAO, these efforts would eventually lead to more efficient land and water use, which in turn will have a positive impact on climate change and livelihoods.

Seafood Quiche
Seafood Quiche

When it comes to air travel, this simple decision to pre-order a meal can also help keep airlines from loading unnecessary weight. Not only does this lead to less food waste, it also translates to decreased fuel burn and lower emissions. Thankfully, pre-ordered meals also means that the airline is able to offer more inclusive and frequently updated selections.

So, the next time you arrive at the food menu in the booking process, don’t leave your dining choices up in the air. To find out more about CEB’s pre-ordered meals, visit To see how else the airline is working to safekeep the environment, visit

Picky eater? CEB has you covered

Japanese Chicken Mayo Sandwich
Japanese Chicken Mayo Sandwich

CEB is also committed to catering to everyone’s dietary needs. Beyond the lechon turnover (puff pastry filled with herbs, spices and Cebu-style lechon), Cebu Pacific’s inflight menu options showcase Asian flavors including Japanese chicken mayo sandwich (a triple-decker chicken sandwich with coleslaw), fish steak with rice (fried and seasoned boneless milkfish on yellow rice) and other meat offerings, passengers can opt for vegetarian dishes including the Korean-style stir-fried noodles (rice noodles with fresh veggies sautéed in a sweet and savory sauce) and tofu and rice biryani (a vegetarian, halal take on the classic one-pot meal, made with fried tofu, rice and spices).

This article first appeared in the May 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Mae Young

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