American Airlines started letting customers pre-select their meals online when they’re flying in premium cabins back in the fall of 2012. Delta didn’t roll out this feature until early 2019 and going into the pandemic United was still in testing.
The airline offered meals pre-ordered between 30 days and 24 hours before a flight, selecting from items that are offered on board anyway. This was extended to regional jet flight back in March of 2020 right before meal service was eliminated early in the global pandemic.
American is now bringing back premium cabin pre-order meal selection for most flights between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii, and for flights between New York JFK and both Los Angeles and San Francisco, starting February 10:
Los Angeles – Kauai is considered a short haul market, so gets excluded from this. And while any other flights to Kauai that American may operate, and flights to Kona, will get this option flights from those Hawaiian destinations do not.