American Airlines Upgrades First-Class Dining on Domestic Flights
American Airlines continues to fine-tune its first-class domestic service and announced enhancements as well as changes to meal windows to the current offerings on Friday for both American and US Airways.
Starting November 18, the minimum flight time for a meal will change to two hours and 30 minutes from two hours and 45 minutes. On flights from 700 to 899 miles (1,127 to 1,447 kilometers) or two to two hours 30 minutes, the service is being upgraded from a snack basket to warmed mixed nuts, sandwiches, and fresh fruit.
American is also expanding the window for three-course meals from 1,000 to 1,298 miles (1,609 to 2,089 kilometers) to 900 to 1,298 (1,448 to 2,089), which translates to a flight time of two hours 30 minutes to three 30 minutes, versus two hours 45 minutes to three and one half hours). In addition, starting December 1, it is expanding the window for breakfast so that flights departing as late as 9:45 a.m. local time will receive breakfast instead of lunch. Previously the cutoff was 9:00 a.m.
The Fort Worth-based airline is also bringing back ice cream as a dessert option on dinner flights that are over 1,299 miles (2,091 kilometers) and three hours 30 minutes in duration. In addition, the airline will offer a made-to-order ice cream option on flights over 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) and four hours 30 minutes or a fruit-and-cheese plate. Previously, the airline offered what it called “specialty” ice cream on these flights.
American Airlines and US Airways merged in December 2013.
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