American Airlines plans to drop the cheeseburger from lunch service in mid-November, however they have already run out of beef patties and aren’t buying more. Instead of a choice between salad and a cheeseburger, customers are being given a choice between salad and vegetarian pasta. Customers who may have pre-ordered cheeseburgers are getting a surprise – no meat option at all.
Here’s the memo being shared with crewmembers on affected flights:
DOM FC LUN CY 1 Entrée Substitution
October 4, 2019
Dear Flight Attendant:
On your flight today, the Cheeseburger is being replaced with a Hot Vegetarian Entrée – Italian Ribbon Pasta with Tomato Ragu.
In addition, the hamburger toppings, condiments and chips are replaced with a side salad, salad dressing, sweety drops (Peruvian sweet peppers) as a garnish and on Mid Haul and Long Haul flights will also receive a broccoli salad appetizer
This substitution is due to early depletion of the burger inventory in readiness for New Entrees starting in November as part of the Domestic First Class Menu Refresh.
This substitution will continue through the October menu cycle, Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019.
On Wednesday, Nov 13, NEW menu items will start being introduced and will continue to be phased in every two months through May 2020.