When American Airlines management ran US Airways their ticker symbol was ‘LCC’ for low cost carrier. They briefly tried to charge for water. They always seem to be looking for an angle to shave cost. And internal documents reveal there are a few new ones coming to inflight catering.
- They’re swapping the beef filet in domestic first class for a short rib.
- Garnishes are being 86’d from entree salads, mezza plates, and dinner protein choices
- Bread will come “pre-bagged”
Previously breads were bagged by the catering kitchen
Pre-bagged bread will provide a budget savings
- Hong Kong international first class flights lose an appetizer choice (2 choices instead of 3, no more Shacima crusted foie gras)
- Long haul economy second meal service – which may be a breakfast box or a tray setup today – gets replaced by a breakfast bag containing yogurt, low sugar granola, and a blueberry fig bar.
- Smaller tray liners.
As you will notice in the photos below, the Atlas tray liners will have a small margin of additional uncovered space around the edges when used on AA Standard trays.
- Fewer champagne glasses in international first class (24 down to 16).
This is all said to be in the name of “simplicity” which may well become American’s “bonvoy!”
The airline has a new Managing Director for inflight food and beverage. He’s legacy American, but he clearly knows how this game is played.
If you’re looking for a good meal though remember that late April will bring Passover and Kosher for Passover meals are actually quite good.
They will be available Friday, April 19 through Saturday, April 27 — plus you may luck into them in the days following.
- Domestic flights have a one-week ‘burn off’ period where they’ll continue to serve remaining Kosher for Passover meals (though May 5).
- International will continue using Passover meals until gone.