I had a good experience with Emirates Airlines recently. I flew from the US to the Maldives and had 2 flights with Emirates in each direction. The flight from Wash-Dulles (IAD) to Dubai was 13 hrs and had 2 meals. The flight from Dubai to Male was 4 hrs and had one meal. Emirates offers several special-request meal types, including gluten-free.
The meals were tasty and I did not experience an unwanted glutening.
One slight issue occurred on the flights to the Maldives. The meals served on those flights had 2 components. The first was the part of the meal that needed to be heated up. The second was a pack of bread/crackers that was added to each meal after heating. Someone mistakenly added the pack to my meal. However, the items included in the pack were clearly marked with an ingredient list so I immediately knew that the items contained wheat.
I’ve encountered this on other flights with other airlines and do not see this as a problem. People sometimes do things by rote and adding a pack of bread items to each meal tray falls into that category. When you’re serving meals to hundreds of passengers, it is easy to fall into this trap. I accept ultimate responsibility for what I put in my mouth and do not consider a bread pack accidentally placed on my tray a negative. That said, I recognize that other celiacs disagree.
Some of the remaining meals contained a slice of bread wrapped in a plastic pack. Those unfortunately were labeled only with a serial number. It would have been useful if the wrapping contained labeling that described the type of bread and its ingredients. Due to the lack of labeling, I passed on the bread, although I was fairly sure the bread was indeed gluten-free.
Bottom line, I had a good experience and look forward to flying w/ Emirates Airlines again.