We know with the merger between Us Airways and American Airlines several changes are bound to happen. I am one to admit that I like change and innovation, of course some changes may be good and some changes may take some time to adjust to. In the aviation industry changes happen almost everyday and thats totally out of control for us but when we share our feedback and thoughts to the changes they could be improved or fixed. Throughout the year I have been flying American Airlines as per usual because thats my airline of choice and “My home away from Home”, I have also flown several OneWorld Partners such as: Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Iberia and of course, my Executive Platinum status was achieved with over 100k flown miles already.
Earlier Today, American Airlines sent an email highlighting the upcoming changes coming on their meals on board. I am not worried about this change because I have not yet seen the changes nor do I have full information on whats to come. Until the day I get to experience the service and change made I will share my thoughts and opinion, with this said – we should all focus in the now and enjoy what American Airlines offer us. We all may not agree to the change but I would say wait until it’s being released until making further feedback on the subject.
On Behalf of American Airlines, this is what they shared:
We’re creating a consistent experience when traveling in First Class on American and US Airways. Effective September 1, 2014, we will be making changes to our First Class meal service on mainline flights within the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Although we’re making updates to our meal offerings, we will continue to offer the unique extras on meal flights that are distinctly American like our popular warm mixed nuts, warm cookies, and premium desserts. Here’s more on what’s changing:
We’re adjusting the times we serve meals and improving product offerings, while preserving the signature elements that have set American Airlines meal service apart over the years.
- On flights less than approximately 1 hour, we will provide a packaged snack.
- On flights approximately 1 to 2 hours, we will provide a snack basket which contains a variety of sweet and savory snack options.
- On flights approximately 2 to 2 hours and 45 minutes, we will offer our Lite Bites snack basket, which includes fresh fruit, breakfast breads or sandwiches, packaged snacks and more.
- On flights more than approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes between 5:00 a.m. ‑ 8:00 p.m., a choice of full meals will be served. We will continue to provide meal service on some of our most popular flights that are less than 2 hours and 45 minutes like Dallas/Fort Worth to Chicago O’Hare and Chicago O’Hare to New York’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports.
We’re also expanding our meal service on longer flights to provide you with a complete dining experience. For flights approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to 4 hours and 30 minutes, an appetizer will be paired with your choice of entrée. For flights approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes and longer, your meal will also include your choice of one of our signature desserts, as well as a selection of pre-arrival snacks. We will also maintain our existing First and Business Class premium meal service aboard our three-class A321 Transcontinental aircraft ‑ flying on all routes between John F. Kennedy airport to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
I wasn’t surprised or concerned on the changes because it totally makes sense to me for them to apply this changes in the near future. 95% of my flights this year have been international (long haul and ultra long hauls) and the rest of my flights for the rest of the year will be International with a few short connecting flights like DFW, JFK and ORD. It makes sense to me that the meals should be changed on short flights because it will also reduce the cost and we all know that those short flights go by fairly quickly.
Here is an example of the current meals I’ve had on board with American Airlines.
New York To Los Angeles on board A321T – First Class Cabin (Dinner & Pre Arrival):
Barcelona To New York on board 767-300 – Business Class Cabin (Lunch & Snack):
Dallas To Los Angeles on Board 737 – First Class Meal (Dinner):
Los Angeles To Dallas on board 757 – First Class Meal (Breakfast):
Dallas To Hong Kong on board 777-300ER – Business Class Cabin (Starter).
Of course we are all anxious to know the changes American will be making but rather than dulling on it – we have to adjust to the changes being made. Knowing that my flights are International I am looking forward to seeing if any new meals and desserts will be getting added to the menu.
Throughout the meals I’ve had on board with American Airlines I have zero complaints about them. My only constructive criticism that was recently improved was the beef on board in which they were often overcooked and flavorless – but during my flight from JFK to LAX I ordered beef and the taste of it was delicious and it was not overcooked.
American Also shared the following news.
Later this year, we’ll introduce new meals and amenity kits on international flights to offer a seamless travel experience across our combined network.
I rarely fly Domestic because Internationals destinations is my network. American continues to grow, evolve and innovate and thats what keeps me excited to keep flying with them and continue to show my loyalty throughout the years to come.
What are your thoughts on the changes being made? Do you fly Domestic often and think this will impact you?