I reckon you could pack a snack box of pasta salad, cheese, rice cakes, crackers, fruit, yogurt, veg bits etc. you will prob have a great flight cos all that eating will take up about half the flight time. that and sleeping and you ll be there before you know it!
I recently flew long haul with my 7 month old, i had snacks with me, but she also ate yogurt off dd1's kids meal, plain pasta off mine, my fruit salad and white bread. Not the healthiest, but she was fine and it was only for one day of travelling. Ask the flight attendant if they have any extra fruit or yogurt ( warning - its probably the sugary kind) but they are usually pretty good about helping babies.
We're flying with Emirates. Didn't realise airlines did baby meals, so will phone to find out thanks. Don't have a problem with giving her pouches etc in principle, but it's just she's pretty contrary about taking them. She will normally refuse anything on a spoon, unless it's yoghurt! Having said that, I tried her with a pouch again yesterday - she wouldn't suck it from the pouch, but would take it on a spoon, which is the first thing she's been happy to be spoonfed in weeks! As I say.... contrary! Just hope she will do that on the flight - it would make it a hell of a lot easier.
What airline are you flying with? Air NZ do pretty good baby meals.
Agree with suggestion of pouches. Or Boots carrot sticks etc but remember you will have to chuck out any leftovers when you get to NZ due to their strict agricultural laws. Or just go with jars/purses for the flight/until you get to where you're staying - I know it's not your preference but anything that makes that flight easier with a baby, the better. To hell with normality!
We are flying to New Zealand in two weeks time - excited about an amazing holiday, dreading the 24hour flight with an 8 month old!!
We have mostly been doing BLW with her. She largely rejects spoon feeding in any case (unless it's yoghurt!), so I don't think the Ella's Kitchen pounches are going to work. How the hell am I going to take enough food to sustain her for the flight? She can't exactly eat the airplane food - it's bound to be over processed and full of salt. And I'm not sure I can keep stuff fresh enough in a cool bag for well over 24 hours. Also - the mess!!!