During last week’s American Airlines management meeting with employees, a pilot asked about the abysmal state of crew meals, complaining about the cheese plate.
They were told,
For all of our careers the crew meal has been a reflection of what’s going on in the first class cabin and actually it still is. And for the safety of the flight attendants they’re serving the same thing that we get, whether it’s the cheese plate, the sandwich, the yogurt they’re serving that in first class as well.
I did talk to our crew, to the meal folks, and they said that in Charlotte they’re starting a test…they’re rolling out a tapas selection of some sort. They hope to expand that across the system. Right now, we look at it all the time, and we’re doing the very best we can but it really is a reflection of what’s happening in first class.
Pre-pandemic American Had A Domestic First Class Charcuterie Plate
I take tapas to be along the lines of then- Senior Vice President of Inflight Jill Surdek declaring to employees in August that we wouldn’t see a return of first class meals as they used to be, instead to expect “something that still has a premium feel but is different and more modern.”