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User currently offlineAmerican MD-80 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (17 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 78 times:

Every time I fly I get Chicken. Howcome the airlines dont serve anything else? When I flew on American I got chicken, on Northwest chicken sandwhich. I heard United always serves chicken but I will find out when I fly on United later this month, my flight is during lunch time.

Colin Kumpunen

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User currently offlineYMQ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (17 years 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 78 times:

Other airlines serve dishes made from other things than chicken. Don't UA offers a choice of meals? Because, if they don't, fly another airline -unless you like chicken, of course. I myself have been offered fish on numerous occasions, and i chose this when i can. Airlines often offer you easily digestable meals which explains the recurrence of chicken and fish. Last time I flown on AF they were serving smoked salmon and "blanquette de veau", that is veal in a cream sauce. But i do have to say that AF served the best meals i ever got in an airplane. I have never flown on an american airline -i fly with AC when i go to the US- but, from what i gathered, they're pretty cheap with their passengers. I remember an article in Airliners or Airways mag a couple of months ago about the amount spent by american airlines on pax meals. If i remember correctly, the maximum amount spent was not above 5$. They sure wont serve you smoke salmon with so little money... My advice: avoid US airlines as much as you can.

User currently offlinePurdue Cadet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (17 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 78 times:

I think that the reason that one meal choice is usually chicken is because most people are not averse to eating chicken. A lot of people who don't eat red meat eat chicken, and most people don't mind the taste. If you want to satisfy the greatest number of people, chicken is probably a good offering. I personally would like to see airlines offer a choice of meals when passengers make their reservations. I realize that, due to the number of people involved, this probably wouldn't work well in coach, but I think it would work in first and business classes.

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (17 years 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 78 times:

When I flew on Delta from ATL to SEA, I ordered a special meal in advance: the cold seafood meal. It was delicious. The main entree was peeled shrimp and a container of cocktail sauce. Passengers around me were envious. I had this on a 767-300 going and a 727-200 on the return, which went to CVG instead of ATL.
Last December I ordered the seafood meal on United and it wasn't nearly as good as Delta's. It was a hot piece of some kind of fish.
If you want something besides chicken, consider ordering a special meal in advance. And often, they serve the special meals first.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (17 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 78 times:

For some reason, I've never gotten chicken on any UA flight, or any other carrier's flights. Today, for instance, I was in United First from SEA-DEN, and received a really good turkey, ham, salami, and provolone sandwhich on foccocia bread. Then, from DEN-SFO in United Business, I received a 'snack' of a large ham sandwhich, with everthing else that the SEA-DEN flight had. I guess I have been lucky enough to avoid chicken, even though it was an option on one of the two flights I was on today.


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9645 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (17 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 78 times:

I read a book once (with pictures) by a former airline pilot who suggested saying you had special dietry requirements when you buy your ticket, e.g. say you need a salt-free meal and take your own salt with you. He reckoned the special meals tended to be of a better quality than the rest of them. I've never had the nerve to try it but I've no complaints about the food I've had on Northwest & Delta flights.

Within Europe, I've found that, apart from British Airways, the meal usually consists of a dry sandwich (usually cheese) and a couple of lettuce leaves. As for breakfast... a dry chocolate pastry at 7:00 in the morning... no thanks. On British Airways you get the works - eggs, sausage, bacon, cereal, roll, butter & marmalade, coffee and fruit juice.

There was one European flight that surprised me though. Due to a missed Swissair connection, I was once put on a Crossair flight from Amsterdam to Basle. First of all it was a SAAB 340 which was a first for me, then the solitary stewardess (OK, FA) served gateau and champagne the whole trip.

User currently offlineAA727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (17 years 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 78 times:

It's true that there is always chicken when there is a meal at lunch time or dinner time but on American Airlines you always have the choice between two different entrees even on a short two-hour flight in economy! I usually fly American, it's a very good airline. They always treat me very well.

Ben Soriano
Brussels Belgium