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AA Resumes Some Meal Service To Caribbean  
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33042 posts, RR: 71
Posted (10 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

When all we hear is about reduced meal service, it is nice to hear something different for a change.

Effective 1 May 2004, American Airlines will resume full meal service in all cabins between Miami and both Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and Bridgetown, Barbados.

The two flights are the longest Caribbean hauls that AA flies from MIA, each coming in at about 3h35m in length, longer than most flights to Venezuela and Colombia (which all have full meal service).

AA operates double daily MIA-POS and double daily MIA-BGI, both with 757s. Bridgetown and Port of Spain are two of the three key Caribbean business markets from Miami, along with Grand Cayman, which is another reason for the change.


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User currently offlineBWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 4002 times:



Its about time, I wonder if they lost any business to BWIA due to no meals policy.




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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 9 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

It just about time for added double flight to BGI & POS. It is very good news for AA.  Smile

User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3777 times:

Although they will be serving meals, they will likely be cold sandwich plates in Y class. AA will remove ovens from all domestic aircraft starting 4/1.

User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6225 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

Hey a cold sandwich is much better than pretzels or a granola bar, way to go AA.
Chepos



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User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3707 times:

Oh yes, it is and I like with the cold sandwiches.  Smile

User currently offlineAACUN From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3641 times:
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Doubt it will be cold sandwiches:

Pretty much all of our meal services out of Miami to intl destinations are standarized. We currently dont serve any meals anywhere in the carrbbean from Miami in main cabin. So to serve cold sandwiches would mean having to prepare meals for these 2 destinations only. I doubt they will be Bistro flights, so I´d be inclined to say they will be hot meals. Probably same as we serve to northern South American destinations in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

in regards to the ovens being removed from the Domestic Fleet, last time I checked Port of Spain & Barbados are International destinations... *grin*

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User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3503 times:

Whoopie do!

I flew American BGI-MIA in Business last year- it was ok, but after the flight I was wondering how BWIA is. Don't tell me that those poor sods in economy aren't fed on a 3.5 hr flight! What is it with airlines in the US? Americans are normally insistent on good service. What went wrong with air travel?

At the end of my trip I was detained in Miami by immigration for 4 hours with no explanation- remind me not to connect via Miami again... Angry


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33042 posts, RR: 71
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

Don't tell me that those poor sods in economy aren't fed on a 3.5 hr flight! What is it with airlines in the US? Americans are normally insistent on good service. What went wrong with air travel?

Airlines needed to cut back, and the food was usually bad in the first place.

At the end of my trip I was detained in Miami by immigration for 4 hours with no explanation- remind me not to connect via Miami again...

I hope you don't think Miami is the only place were people are detained. The fact that you were detained, while unfortunate, had nothing to do with the fact that you were connecting in Miami. It happens at all major international airports. Though I do think that US immigration needs to loosen up and get off thier power trip, but that is another story...



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User currently offlineFliboyz From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

"What is it with airlines in the US?" Remember 9/11? Remember the drop in airline passengers after that? Remember the downturn in the economy?

That's why no meals are served. That's why a lot of things are gone. Cutting back on these items saved ALL the airlines HUGE amounts of money for several years. Now that things are starting to turn for the better, not all of the airlines, some airlines can start to return some of the amenities that was taken away. S L O W L Y!!!!



User currently offlineFliboyz From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

in addition to what was stated above. Good for AA for bringing back meals on these flights. AA will also be cutting Bistro meals out of DFW on majority of the flights effective 4/1. The monies that are saved from THIS cutback will be concentrated on replacing First Class meals.

User currently offlineAa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3406 times:

When I said domestic fleet, I should have clarified. 737, 757, S80 will all lose ovens. The S80's are complete. 757 and 737 will have ovens removed as they cycle through mx

User currently offlineKKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3317 times:

Aa777flyer,

Are all ovens (both First Class & Coach) being removed from the 737, 757, S80, or just those in the main cabin?



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User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2600 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3265 times:
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Thinking about it, I'd doubt that AA will be removing ovens from all B737 and B757 aircraft, given that a significant proportion of routes that these aircraft fly are international.

Or, are we to take it that American Airlines will only be offering cold food on Trans-Atlantic flights between Boston and Manchester this summer, which is due to be operated by the B757??
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If AA were to remove all their ovens from the narrowbody fleet, then on routes to the Caribbean, Central and South America they would certainly reduce the competitiveness of their product against both US-based and local airlines.

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User currently offline747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3234 times:

So what about the 757s that are used on trans-con routes. Will people flying cross-country only get cold food?


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User currently onlineCarfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Well, I am surprised by this news. Does it mean that hot meals served in AA transcontinental flights, such as JFK to LGB/SJC/SAN, will come to an end soon? I can't imagine F and Y sharing ovens in first class. It will be an inconvenience.

I am sure Boeing 737s are also in charge of some transcon routes as well. That will be bad news.

F class oven will be intact... I don't think AA can get away with not serving food in F. I think cutting back food really does not help the airlines in any major ways. It sure has some short term helps, but long term wise... the effect of cutting meals is doubtful. Sometimes I wonder without food and LRTC on 757s and AB6s, why will people choose to fly AA's coach? Is AAdvantage enough to retain leisure passengers?

Well, thanks for the news!

Carfield


User currently offlineAACUN From Mexico, joined Jan 2004, 547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
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Not all ovens:

As far as I know only the S-80´s lost all ovens. And I think it is only in M/C. The 737´s and 757 only lost one oven each in M/C. Again, this is as far as I know. Id have to go back and ask some of my co-workers that fly the S-80. So dont quote me!!


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