American to Offer Complimentary Snacks in Coach, New Pajamas, and Expand In-Flight Entertainment Options
The move follows the reintroduction of in-flight snacks by other major airlines in the United States. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent economic downturn, airlines removed most amenities in coach including blankets, pillows, and hot meals, and stopped offering peanuts and pretzels as well. American stopped offering snacks in 2003; US Airways, which merged with American in 2013, stopped in 2008.
Passengers will receive Biscoff cookies on flights departing prior to 9:45 a.m. On later flights, they will have a choice of the cookies or pretzels. Biscoff cookies are speculoos, a traditional crispy spice cookie from Belgium.
In addition to the snacks, the airline is reintroducing hot meals in coach on flights between Hawaii and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport starting in May.
American is also introducing new pajamas on certain transpacific flights. The new, all-cotton sleepwear along with new Cole Haan amenity kits introduced last week are intended to offer customers “the comforts of home,” the airline said.
The Fort Worth-based airline said it will add additional complimentary in-flight entertainment options including movies, music, and television shows, in its main cabin.
On domestic flights with in-seat entertainment, passengers will now have access to up to 40 complimentary movies, 60 TV shows, and 300 music albums. The airline also offers live TV channels on long-haul international flights with Wi-Fi operated by Boeing 777-300ER, retrofitted 777-200ERs, and 787-8 Dreamliners.
The new snack service will be offered starting in February on transcon flights linking New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport with Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, as well as Miami International Airport with LAX. The airline plans to offer the snacks in its main cabin on all other domestic flights by April.
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