First Class Meal Service Changes Coming to American Airlines

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American will be making changes to meal service in domestic first class cabins beginning September 1. The move is to standardize service across the board as a continuing step of the merger with US Airways.  These first class meal service changes will eliminate plated meals on most flights under 2 hours and 45 minutes.

For most markets, the following chart will now apply:

Meal service by total flight duration/distance and time of day.

Meal service by total flight duration/distance and time of day.

This move also eliminates dinner service on flights departing after 8 pm.

There are some market exceptions where a meal will still be served:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth, flights to/from Detroit, Chicago, and Salt Lake City
  • Chicago, flights to/from Boston, Washington Reagan, Denver, New York (JFK/LaGuardia), Raleigh/Durham, and Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Miami, flights to/from Houston and Port-au-Prince
  • New York JFK, flights to/from Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa
  • Fort Lauderdale, fights to/from New York JFK and Port-au-Prince

For everyone else, it’s time to get used to the snack basket!

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  1. I’m almost wishing that they had just dropped the exception routes. Had the worst meal last week on ORD-RDU. Showed it to a few AAngels in the various airports I transit through and they were shocked to see that food on AA.

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