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Airline Menu Cards In Economy?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11198 posts, RR: 57
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21533 times:

I was curious what airlines give out menu cards for their inflight food service in economy class?

I have only been given menu cards in economy on MEA, unless I was given them by other airlines when I was younger and I just don't remember.

Here is the menu card from my most recent MEA flight from LHR to BEY back in March:

English menu cover:

Arabic menu cover:

Alcohol menu (in French only):

French menu:

Arabic menu:

English menu:

I'd love to see recent scans/photos of other airline menu cards from economy class.

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User currently offlineMgmacius From Poland, joined Jun 2007, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21523 times:

Hmm.. I have no scans or other pics of it, but Singapore does that too! Very nice little booklet with all available options, both for incoming and outgoing flights from given location.

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User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1988 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21448 times:

CX does as well -- at least, I recall getting one when I went home in July last year.

User currently offlineLawair From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 256 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 21432 times:

TG also does (or did) with certain flights...like JFK-BKK back when it operated. I assume that LAX-BKK still provides Y menus.

User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 5060 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21425 times:

EK used to on longer flights TG still does... hmm I'm drawing a blank.


User currently offlineDank From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 973 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21416 times:

Quoting Brenintw (Reply 2):
CX does as well -- at least, I recall getting one when I went home in July last year.

My experience was that on CX it was the long haul flights and not regional flights (e.g. they have them on JFK-HKG).

User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 903 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21374 times:

I got a meal "postcard" when I flew Air France CDG->JFK recently...

It was postcard sized but when you opened it they had the full economy meal service in French and English and listed two choices for the main meal...

The food itself wasn't much better than any U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, except the BREAD was really good and the cheese was of a higher quality.

User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21350 times:

I don't know if they still do this, but Etihad had a beautiful menu distributed in Economy on our JFK-AUH flight back in 2007.

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User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3595 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21330 times:

Qantas has them (at least they did a couple years ago). I also have some from Swissair, Balair, BA (I posted a pic of them in the timetable thread)

User currently offlineDampfnudel From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 21272 times:

I recall being served a menu card 20 years ago on AA in economy. The route was JFK to FRA. I was a teenager traveling with my mom.

User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6267 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 21184 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 4):
EK used to on longer flights

Still does, or at least did in October this year.


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User currently offlineBOACCunard From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 21164 times:

Amazingly enough, the last time I flew DL across the Atlantic, in 2007 (JFK-BCN/ATH-JFK), there were menus in Y.

Actually, the whole service was pretty nice, let down by the ageing 763s and awful terminals at JFK. Pretty good food and service. There was even an amenity kit.

As mentioned before, AF also offers menus in Y on intercontinental flights. I've also found AF's food quite good for Y, though now with ten-abreast seating in the 777 I might avoid it (or at least try to stick to Airbuses).

BA gave menus once, but cut them sometime in the 2000s. Unfortunately the Y product has been cheapened, though the basics are all still there including decent food.

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User currently offlineTurkishWings From Turkey, joined May 2006, 1460 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 21147 times:

TK also gives menus in Economy class on both short and long international sectors....

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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 21133 times:

GF have these on the longhaul flights, had two examples on a LHR flight over Christmas.

3 choices of main courses too  Smile

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8590 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 21115 times:
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SAA do on long haul, as well as an amenity kit.

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User currently offlineAsiaflyer From Singapore, joined May 2007, 1299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 21051 times:

You will get a menu in economy on VN as well.
The crew even collects them before landing.
And I have to say that VNs meals are good.  thumbsup 

User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 21023 times:

I flew JFK-BOM on DL in Feb. 2008 and there was a menu card in economy.
But, strange or odd you may call, I flew ATL-BOM a year later in Feb. 2009 on their then new 777-LR and there was no menu card in economy.

User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3276 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 20958 times:

NW still gave them out in 2007 on SEA-NRT-SEA. At the time, they gave them out on TPAC flights but not TATL flights. Not sure if DL has kept them or not. I would assume it makes more sense for Asian destinations given the different languages and scripts used for each country. NW's menus were printed in English, Japanese, Chinese, and I believe Korean.

User currently offlineCrosswinds21 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 705 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 20953 times:

I think quite a few non-US airlines do this. Off the top of my head, on some recent long haul flights that I took, almost all (if not all) flights had these. Some that come to mind are:


There are others that I can't think of at the moment. Also, I flew DL ATL-PRG last year and I think they may have had menus as well. Speaking of DL, I don't fly them very often any more my on two domestic flights I took last year, both had very nice menus with pictures. Of course, most of the food was for purchase, but still, the menus were very nicely made. US had them too on a recent domestic flight I took.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4948 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 20869 times:

Yeah Qantas do on all International Economy flights, as well as an amenity kit.

I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineFlyboy_se From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 894 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 20711 times:

QR gives out Menus in Economy class.
Also on a recent TP flight they gave out menus too.

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User currently offlineUN_b732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 20656 times:

Back when AA flew ORD-DME they gave out a menu in Coach.. sorry Main Cabin.. I still have it somewhere, if I find it, I'll try to scan it.

Do they give out menus on other trans-atlantic routes or was it just a Russia thing?


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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3366 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 20475 times:

We flew OK EWR-PRG in the late 90's and I believe they had menus in Economy.

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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 20448 times:

I remember getting a menu on Virgin Atlantic my first time flying trans-Atlantic in 1997.

User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1827 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 20408 times:

SQ hands out menus in Y class on all flights except those Southeast Asian flights under 2 hours. So you will not receive any on their turnaround services to BKK, SGN, CGK, KUL sectors.

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25 BEYauty : EY still does, even on shorter flights, AUH-CAI
26 SQ_EK_freak : I don't think TG does them for regional flights but rather shows a card with two pictures of the options available and asks you to pick verbally with
27 Manfredj : Yes, I would be interested in seeing some of your collections if you would be so kind to scan them! USAir and CO used to have them back in the 80's. I
28 Chepos : US Airways had them right up to 9-11, they went away after that. At that point it was only for TATL flights, it was a little brochure with the meals,
29 TreeHillRavens : They do actually. A postcard sized menu card is distributed to all passengers between KUL/BKK.
30 PNQIAD : OS did it - at least until Oct 2009 when I last traveled.
31 FCO110 : Air Tahiti did LAX to PPT in April. Also had a nice amenity kit as well as childrens kit.
32 Ojas : QR, 9W, SQ, EY, EK, CX, IT are some airlines which I know who offer menu cards in Y.
33 Mortyman : ********** Thai Airways **************
34 LHA346 : I also had MenuCards in Y on LH flights - but only very few ones (MUC-SIN and HKG-MUC). AFAIK it is only seldom that they do that - happened only 2 ti
35 Willd : VS used to, however this was stopped post 9/11 as part of a money saving scheme. If IIRC they were two tone in colour, a lime green and teal colour wa
36 Tonystan : Am I the only person who thinks that they are an incredible waste of paper and resources????
37 MMEPHX : Menu card may be pushing the definition a bit but WN has a card in the seatback that lists all the drink options and the fact you get peanuts/pretzels
38 Post contains images AznMadSci : CO doesn't for most of their flights, except for their Asian flights, at least to/from HKG. Not sure if provided on flights to/from NRT, PEK, and PVG
39 Grimey : I got one from AF CDG - PEK in June 2006 on (B772), I didn't get one on my return leg HKG - CDG (B773). I might just go and have a look to see do I st
40 Post contains links Dazbo5 : Air Mauritius (MK) do as well. Details on my trip report; Air France / Air Mauritius (AF1669 / AF980); Manchester - Mauritius Via Paris, Airbus A320-2
41 Viscount724 : AF still has small printed menus in Y class on longhaul flights, about the same size and shape as a paper airline ticket. In Y class where there are a
42 BOACCunard : The printed menus I've had on AF and DL have been quite small and the only choice has been between two main courses for the main meal (dinner or lunch
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