When United and American Airlines stopped service at the start of the pandemic, the small business that provided first class nuts nearly went under. They had 50,000 pounds of first class nuts packaged for the two airlines, but they weren’t buying.
Initially American told them to ‘wait three weeks’ after the decision to remove nuts from flights, then came back and let them know that “the nuts were gone for good.”
The store offered to individually bag the nuts, so flight attendants wouldn’t be handling them, but American didn’t want to serve nuts in first class – it wasn’t just a Covid-19 precaution after all. They offered the nuts as a package the airline could send to AAdvantage elite members, but American didn’t want to spend that money either.
So the company started selling first class nuts online, and unloaded its inventory. Some flyers reported they “actually took a bag on board an A[merican Airlines] flight…and [a flight attendant] happily heated them up in first class!” Great Nuts still sells them online, with free shipping on orders of $48 or more.
Well American Airlines is starting to bring back hots nuts, at least on some long haul business class flights. My domestic first class flights over the past 10 days still had packaged nuts.
Back in March, United Airlines brought nuts back to first class on short haul Hawaii routes, American is clearly behind here.
Nonetheless I’m hoping the nut situation improves because I have a Hawaii trip booked and I’ve always enjoyed the ‘Aloha Mix’. The candied pineapple mixed in is the best.
I’ve reached out to American to find out where they are in the process of fully returning warm nuts to the skies.