American Airlines to Resume Traditional In-Flight Beverage Service as Demand for Travel Increases

By Kurt Stolz on 20 April 2021
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American Airlines announced the return of its traditional in-flight beverage service after a year during which passengers were limited to water amidst cutbacks in service due to the coronavirus pandemic precautions.

The move comes on the heels of Delta Air Lines’ April 8th announcement that it would resume its own beverage service in all cabins on April 14.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it would resume its pre-pandemic beverage service in its domestic first-class and premium economy lite cabins on June 1.  At the same time, a there will be a limited resumption of the airline’s beverage service – albeit limited to water, juice, and canned drinks – in coach.

The airline said it will resume its traditional coach beverage service later this summer, but did not specify a date.

In bringing back the beverage service, the airline consulted with its Travel Health Advisory Panel, which includes experts from Vanderbilt University Medical Center including Dr. David Aronoff, an infectious diseases expert, and Dr. Thomas Talbot, an epidemiologist.

Earlier in the month, American said that it plans to bring back “heartier options” to its domestic first-class service on flights over 2,200 miles (3,450 kilometers), or those roughly 4.5 hours or longer.

The airline planes to expand its Fresh Bites pilot program to such flights with menus that include items such as fresh fruit, yoghurt, and breakfast sandwiches in the morning and sandwiches, salads, and fresh appetizers later in the day for lunch and dinner.   The menus will also include fruit and cheese.

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