OD-BWH From Kuwait, joined Jan 2002, 400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10955 times:
Emirates, and Qatar as I blv, serve Alcohol, altough airlines like Kuwait Airways and Saudi Arabian airlines do not due to Islamic regulations.
However, meals on all arab/moslem airlines (incl. MEA) are moslem meals, i.e., do not contain pork, ham, or bacon, and also are not cooked with alcohol (wine or whatever, but vinegar is allowed). This is considered b'coz the majority of travellers on these airlines do prefer moslem meals due to the reason above...
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 10892 times:
THY Turkish Airlines certainly don't. And considering Turkey's secularism, if THY don't serve pork, then why would EK, MH or any of the others? Interesting how some serve alcohol, as has been mentioned...
Mas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10471 times:
Malaysia Airlines serves Halal food only which in effect is pork-free and all food has been prepared under strict Islamic law. Its rarely a problem since pork is rarely served on most airlines anyway. Most airlines today alter their menus to be sensitive to local culture anyway - so even when BA flew into Malaysia - they often substituted their sausages and bacon with chicken sausages and turkey bacon.
Alcohol is still served on Malaysia Airlines as alcohol is not illegal in Malaysia and despite being an Islamic state, a large proportion of its population are not Muslim and alcohol is widely consumed in most parts of the country without much of a problem. In fact, the wine cellar of Malaysia Airlines is actually quite good.
With food - its quite a different issue as it is easier (and more cost effective) to build kitchens to prepare Halal food only rather than to have two separate kitchens as would otherwise be necessary.
Syarif From Malaysia, joined Jul 2004, 29 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10411 times:
No, Malaysia Airlines does not serve pork on-board. But yes it does serve acoholic drinks. However, most of the the FA are quite selective on serving alcohol on-board. I mean they would almost never offer alcohol to Muslim passengers.
Malaysia is not an Islamic country, but it is a Muslim majority country where 55% population are Muslim (mostly are ethnic Malay) and the rest are Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and indigeneous beliefs. Islam however is the official religion of Malaysia although freedom of religion are practiced.
N757kw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 449 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10176 times:
For what it is worth, I have travelled on Lion Air and Garuda in Indonesia on domestic flights. They served traditional Indonesian food. No pork. Not sure about the alcohol. I did not see it served, but I did not ask either.
Going to and from Jakarta on Korean Air and EVA, alcohol was served, but no pork in the meal service. My wife told me on her flight on Korean Air out of Jakarta, she was told all the meals were halal. From Seoul back to Jakarta she was offered a seperate halal meal.
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N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27921 posts, RR: 74
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 10133 times:
If you think about it, it is easier to serve alcohol to passengers who want it and not serve it to those who do not then it is to worry about people who did not know you could order a halal meal and therefore may get upset that the meal is not halal. Of course they would not serve pork if they were serving halal meals, as it is most definately haram, but for ultra-religious people who have to have halal meat (same as kosher meat, but with a mulah and not a rabbi) it is just easier for the airlines to make the whole thing halal. And remember, you can always order a special meal.
Oh, and US airlines serve alcohol on domestic flights all the time, so serving alcohol is not an issue. Serving alcohol to someone under 21 might be an issue, but still, I had a friend who got drunk on SQ flying to see family in Pakistan and he was 16
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Myszek From Poland, joined Aug 2004, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9648 times:
I flew in and out of US on multiple US and European airlines. They serve all kinds of alcohol regardless of what the a/c flies over at the time. Not to mention alcohol availability on US domestic flights.