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ATL-LHR DL's Meal Service  
User currently offlineAV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1342 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

This flight leaves ATL at 10:30PM, does DL still offer dinner service on this flight being that it leaves late at night? The reason I ask is that Delta.com shows this as a breakfast flight for both BizElite and Coach. Is there no dinner or is it a light snack then breakfast later on? Has anyone used this flight?


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User currently offlineBAW716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6278 times:

There is always one "heavy" meal and one "light" meal on a transatlantic flight, no matter what time it departs. What the meal will consist of will be predicated on time of day. I would expect a late night flight to offer a lighter first meal and a slightly heavier breakfast, to allow people to sleep during the flight and get a good start during the day. It's just a matter of flipping the heavy meal to the later portion of the flight. While this generally means less food, I would expect the service to be exactly the same as any other BizElite flight. In Coach, same thing...instead of a hot first meal, there would likely be a sandwich service and a heavier breakfast.

Of course I am just guessing...best to ask the DL folks on this forum...they are the ones who know.

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User currently offlineTwolz2rn From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6114 times:

Everytime I have taken AF on a late departure, usually after 10:45pm (from JFK and OUA), we have gotten served a regular dinner and then the light breakfast in the morning. I have never understood that. I would much rather have a big breakfast.

User currently offlineLHR777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

Big dinner = more carbs = people sleep. Simple!

User currently offlineNWA757boy From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 676 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6043 times:

I know for NW last summer when DTW had the 2310 departure to FRA the pre-meal beverage service was combined with the meal service because of the late departure time. However duty free wasn't offered.

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5865 times:

On SAS transatlantic flights from Stockholm, do they serve a breakfast or a lunch? The flight departs around 9-10am from ARN?


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User currently offlineAFKLMLHLX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

On ALL transatlantic flights besides the AF and BA day flights, the dinner will always be the main meal. I have always flown on late transatlantic flights with scheduled departures after 10 (Okay LX was 9 :15 but delayed in the usual JFK departure traffic). It has just developed where dinner is always the main meal on a flight leaving at night. It doesn't matter if it leaves at 4 PM or 10:30PM, there will only be a small breakfast. Every airline gives you different options in portion and meals, but night transatlantic flights are a dinner service. Sometimes the websites mess up and don't give you the exact service because they only list one meal. Usually it always the first meal of service, that being dinner on your flight, but just because it says that, does not mean it is true. You can notice what meals you get by looking on this site's trip reports, or go onto airlinemeals.net or I guess google or flyertalk.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
On SAS transatlantic flights from Stockholm, do they serve a breakfast or a lunch? The flight departs around 9-10am from ARN?

On all transatlantic flights back to the states, you will get a lunch service. In terms of airline meals, breakfast is the one meal where if it doesn't fit exactly, they won't serve it unless if is a really long flight like NYC-HKG where they serve breakfast prior to landing because it is that time at home which I don't agree with, but they do. Lunch and dinner meals on long flights are the same thing. There is really no difference in pure quantity. Of course this varies by airline and by what you concider more filling or what the airline gives you. But, they really will never serve breakfast on a flight back from Europe as they can't give the same service in F and C (or whatever you want to call Business) because it cannot take the same form as lunch or dinner. It just doesn't work for an F service on a TATL flight as breakfast is well breakfast. Also, the ARN-EWR, SEA, BOS, ORD (or destinations like those I forget exactly all of their N American destinations), are all pretty long flights, but not long enough where they would serve you a meal that doesn't correspond with your destination and doesn't offer the same foods which they want for their service.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5827 times:

On flights leaving that late I prefer to eat before boarding the flight and skip the meal service. Allows more time to sleep. In my experience, at least in business class, many airlines expedite the meal service on flights leaving that late since many passengers either have already eaten or want to get the meal service over as fast as possible so they can get some sleep.

User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5816 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
On flights leaving that late I prefer to eat before boarding the flight and skip the meal service. Allows more time to sleep.

I fully agree. By the time your flight has reached cruise level that food already is halfway digested meaning that you will not go to bed with a full belly. Optionally add some alcohol to get sleepy and off you go (I do not use any sleeping pills).

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
In my experience, at least in business class, many airlines expedite the meal service on flights leaving that late since many passengers either have already eaten or want to get the meal service over as fast as possible so they can get some sleep.

But LX out of LAX is no such airline. Their food service in Business Class is rather slow despite the relatively late departure. However they offer the option of a quick meal where you get your (small) main course at the same time as the starter (I must have looked too hungry or took too long to decide between the two meals offered as "quick meal" as the F/A mentioned that I also could get both, which I then did ...).

Also DL and AF from ATL to CDG on late departures nowhere near expediated the food service, both of which I subsequently denied and preferred to sleep instead (again Business Class).
-HT



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User currently offlineSKORD From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

LH4116 I have flown ARN_ORD several times and its always a lunch service, and very nice it is too!!! Especially in Business.

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