Weeks ago I reported that American Airlines was working to bring back hot meals to domestic first class over the coming months, replacing cold meal boxes.
The biggest challenge is supply chain, and that it takes time to ramp up this up after not having offered ‘real’ food on most flights for over a year. However we’re starting to see progress along these lines, and more details on what to expect.
- American is slowing bringing back tray service to domestic first class. For now it just means putting the ‘Fresh Bites’ boxes (with all their packaging) onto trays. While just announced today, it began appearing on flights earlier this week.
- Hot meals on trays will “gradually return” over “the next several months”
- Regional carriers are going to offer real food on flights over 900 miles, similar to when mainline flights receive meals. Lacking ovens on board regional jets, these will be “fresh meals” but not “hot meals” (as they were pre-pandemic).
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I don’t view serving the boxed meals on trays as any sort of improvement, but it makes sense to get tray service up and running making it easier to bring real food onto the aircraft as soon as they’re able.
While the boxes are rather sad for first class fare, American has done more to feed passengers during the pandemic than most carriers including (and especially) Delta. And they’ve retained full beverage service up front, even if predeparture beverages aren’t officially part of the service at this time (and rhetorically tied to the end of the federal mask mandate, whenever that happens).