ORDPIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 140 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 15368 times:
Phil Vettel(Chicago Tribune Food Writer) Commented on a new resource from Northwestern University archiving old airline menus from around the world. It is quite an interesting look at what air travel was in the past.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 15277 times:
My personal favorite airline meals were always TWA - their breakfast flights always seemed to have tasty and filling selections. My last TWA flight in August, 1996, on an L-1011, had a choice of an omelette or french toast. I actually got both as they had extra! Those were the days...
Ironically, back in the late 1980's, when Continental was the WORST airline in the U.S., my travel agent friend of mine used to make fun of the fact that their "full breakfast flight" consisted of a choice of a bowl of Total cereal or a cup of yogurt. Sad isn't it? That would be considered a "luxury" today!!
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Stapleton From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 285 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 15153 times:
I would have to say my favorite was Steak and Lobster on the Petroleum Club flights offered by the original Frontier Airlines between Denver and Dallas. Since Frontier did not have first class at the time (early 1970s) , this was for all the coach passengers. They also included a bottle of wine (at no charge) and used real silverware. Now that was flying!
Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15057 times:
In the late 80's through the 90's I was a freq flyer on TWA out of MCI to the east coast primarily, for work and other destinations for vacations. Example of one trip I often took back home on my beloved and much missed TW -- evening "dinner" flight, 727-200 - FC - DCA to MCI or STL. Printed menu, entree and dessert choice, wine list. Coach, of course also was served a full hot dinner with entree choice. That was for a 2.75 hour flight! What a wonderful memory. . .
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28152 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 14863 times:
Airline meals have never been great. You're serving reheated food that was cooked hours before. But there was certainly more of it years ago than today with many 1 hour flights having full meals in the 1960s and 70s. Before US domestic deregulation in the late '70s when airlines couldn't compete on price, inflight service and meals etc. was about the only way carriers could differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2374 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14808 times:
My first flight ever was as a 7 year old from YVR to YEG. I remember clearly being so excited I couldn't sleep. Then the meal was served. Lima beans that were hard like little bullets was the vegetable. Talk about being disappointed. The chicken was fine and there was a pudding for dessert.
TWA used to offer a special menu to their frequent flyers, no matter what their status, as long as you ordered it 24 hours in advance. The seafood plate was mighty tasty, even at 35,000 feet, and filled with large shrimp and crab claws. Why more people didn't order these, I haven't a clue. I was on a lunch flight in business class once where my traveling companion and I were the only ones who'd ordered an FF meal. We got many dirty looks as we munched on our shrimp and crab, while everyone else was having lasagna.
Eastern also used to have a delicious tandoori chicken (which could be special-ordered as the Hindu non-veg meal, IIRC).
Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 497 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14764 times:
To this day a filet mignon covered in crab-cream sauce was this most flavorful and tender steak I have ever eaten ANYWHERE - plane or not. It was a FC meal aboard a Delta 72S ELP-ATL-RDU-RIC on March 30, 1995. I flew the ELP-RDU segment. The date and flight are memorable for other reasons, but that lunch entree was an exquisite piece of steak.
Oh how I miss Midway Airlines. A class act right to then end.
Indy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4617 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14758 times:
June of 1987 I flew MCO to MDW on Midway Airlines. They served the best sandwich in domestic I've ever had. If you are someone that worked for them back in the day then mad props to you. Best I've ever had in coach going anywhere.
VHECA From Australia, joined May 2007, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14752 times:
I remember a lasagne or something like that on a QF flight from Subang to Sydney in '84. But the most memorable thing on that fligth was the hard-boiled eggs served alongside in another container. It had green all over it. I turned back to parents (who were sitting behind us) and exclaimed that my food was moldy! It turned out to be a marinade or something to that effect! Sure scared the daylights out of a 10 year old kid!
But I used to love the fact that you got a half decent meal with all the soft drink (and later alcohol) that you could drink! Ah, bring that back and we will all feel better about flying again!
HPAEAA From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 14727 times:
I remember a Chicken Marsala on HP followed by a very tasty Vanilla Ice cream.... gone are those days.... another favorite was the Chicken Cesar wrap I got on AA from ORD to BOS, or the Uno's Pizza before they beat the hell out of it...
Airstud From United States of America, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 3339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14699 times:
You know, just from reading this thread I now have my first vivid memories of the chicken Kiev they served on my TWA flight (BOS-LHR) in April 1985. Wow. That's more than 22 years ago and I just now remember it for the first time; now like it was yesterday.
I don't do a lot of long-haul flying these days (and by long-haul I mean longer than SAN-SFO) so I really have no clue what the meal sitch is on the legacy carriers. United was handing out these foil-sealed but somehow still frightening-looking breakfast ham wraps or some such sacrilege on an SFO-ORD flight back in 2003; not quite the TWA silver service we're talking about. Only other real meals I've had recently were all pre-9/11 (effective little chicken, salad, pecan pie arrangement on Air Canada, YYZ-SFO in January, 2000) and a delightful kosher meal aboard Mexicana en route to MEX. The following January a magnificent Spanish omelet was served as the kosher meal aboard a Canadian Airlines flight to Vancouver. I consider myself a Spanish omelet aficionado based on that one meal.
You know what I remember now is that on Mexicana, my kosher meal was handed to me before my gentile seatmate's (I of course waited till he was served); it seemed the most obvious logic for them to hand out the special meals first and then canvass the remaining seats. Except it apparently wasn't obvious to Canadian, whose system was apparently to hand out regular meals to everyone and THEN go up the aisle with the specials, making confiscations where necessary.
It's on my list of reasons why I believe CP failed all too easily.
(Now, on a USAir flight SFO-RDU in 1994, an accused breakfast consisted of "sausages" that I think were manufactured to be drain stoppers or misshapen ball bearings, and "pancakes" that I believe were squirted from a hose that squirts a continuous aerosol stream of foam rubber.)
And it's Pan Am who went out of business. Go try and figure the world.
Jcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14611 times:
United used to have a late in the day Caravelle flight from CLE to BWI. They served steak, salad, vegetable, and dessert. This was on top of a drink serving. This was an all first class flight. I flew it several times between 1967 and 1969.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 12959 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 14594 times:
I remember - scary - when you used to get Chateaubriand and caviar in First, and I have oh-so-many memories of full meal service (in Coach!) on flights to LGA, Hawaii, etc. I remember getting fairly good pasta dishes on the DFW-HNL flights (back when we had those incredible DC10s...miss those birds so much!), and I will never forget the personal pizza you used to get on DFW-LGA. That used to always be my favorite - as a kid, I would always ask for a second one.
Pilotdude09 From Australia, joined May 2005, 1777 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14331 times:
Quoting VHECA (Reply 13): But I used to love the fact that you got a half decent meal with all the soft drink (and later alcohol) that you could drink! Ah, bring that back and we will all feel better about flying again!
Qantas isnt too bad, longhaul food is pretty decent and longer domestic flight eg PER-SYD food is usually pretty good too!
But short domestic hops are terrible, either a dry panini or some disgusting concution that isnt edible.
I remember as a kid flying Air New Zealand and getting full meals on a 30min flight and on DUD-AKL you used to get really nice full hot meals
Even the Cafe style meals in the early 00's were pretty good!
JohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14302 times:
Piedmont used to have an excellent beef and wine stew with potatoes around the late 1980s. Pan Am also had a frequent flyer menu that could be ordered 24 hrs in advance at no extra cost. It didn't depend on status either. I still have the menu selection somewhere. I remember an excellend coach meal on CO when they were at their very worst in the late 1980s. DAB-EWR on a B727-100 evening flight - maybe 15 pax - lasagna on real china for everyone!
Czbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 1010 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 14253 times:
Quoting Airstud (Reply 15): It's on my list of reasons why I believe CP failed all too easily.
Poor ol' Canadian Airlines: such lack of tact and etiquette...
I have never really paid much attention to the food itself... I'm one who loves airline food- I guess it's the experience and the decadence of eating anything at FL35. But what I do remember are the utensils and china! CP Air used to use sterling silver cutlery- just the knife had to weigh at least a couple of ounces! Meanwhile, Wardair used Royal Daulton fine china- I still have a tea set somewhere around.... I recall hearing that on the DC-10 flights, when turbulence delayed the meal service, sometimes everything got tossed down the garbage chute... and the Royal Daulton got smashed... oh the weight.... oh the waste.... oh the bygone luxury!
I've seen photos at the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa-YOW (YRO to be more precise) archives of a Trans Canada Airlines steward actually in the aisle carving a Baron of Beef for his happy passengers (well dressed but cramped a la Y-class or so it seemed). Must have been in the 1930s or maybe even as late as the 1950s.
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: I am too young to have remembered the "glory days" of regulated air travel, but I remember as a kid flying AUS-DEN (Stapleton) and being served food.
: I remember the full meals they served on Air France regional flights in the 60's. Other than Concorde, they were better than what they are now serving
: Lets face reality - most airline meals years ago or but for some Asian airlines even today, were not the best of quality or of healthy eating. Most me
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: Its funny to think that as late as 2002 Aer Lingus were still providing a full hot Irish breakfast to every passenger on its early morning DUB-LHR-DUB
: First class flight on the old 744 AE flight from TPE-YVR. They use to serve shark-fin soup and other fine Chinese delicacies. THose were the days!
: Back in the mid 80's I remember getting Pigs-in-a-Blanket (sausage wrapped in a pancake) a few times on BTR-DFW flights; those flights lasted an avera
: My father used to fly EWR-BOS in the early 80's on EA, said he used to get a full meal for a 1 hour flight.
: I'm seeing more and more people unpacking their own "picnics" on flights these days. Given the awful meals often supplied on flights within Europe - i
: Ah the good old times of Swissair when flying overseas and you had that incredible breakfast that made you feel home again! That's what I remember whe
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: In those "good old days" I was flying only coach. The food was ALWAYS terrible. If you guys go on a some hours flight today which is - compared to dev
: Even in flights from Malaga to Zurich you were served a decent hot meal which consisted of a starter, a more than generous main course, limitless hot
: haha i still get like that even today. Im wayyy to young to remember the good ol days of airline service, but i sure wish i could have been around to
: The first meal I served once US took over PI was on 1077 CLT DFW - a flight I had flown for years. In August we served corned beef on bagel with sausa
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: I think the most interesting meal service I had 'back in the day' was on on JM flying from MBJ to MIA. It was an 930am departure and they had a FULL b
: I started flying within the US in the mid 70's. In those days meals were served in coach on a real plate with real silverware and a real glass or cup.
: I used to get those all the time back in the 90's as a UM. I really do miss those days.
: I remember that meal well. In 1992, I flew TWA STL-BOS and all we got was a sandwich, with Buddig lunch meat, nothing else. I remmeber thinking how p
: QF still serves meals on most flights.
: Maybe someone can confirm or deny my memory from the mid 1980's. Years ago, when I was quite young, I flew SEA-ANC on AS. The food was excellent -- be
: I remember as recently as 2004, on an IAD-SFO flight on UA, Christmas Eve Dinner was offered on board. The choices were between Lasagne or Turkey IIRC
: So true! I remember flying Eastern MEM-ATL-FLL-ATL-MEM back in the 80s. All 4 legs they served SOUP! It wasn't long after, Eastern cut MEM for like t
: In 1973, I flew DL from JFK-BOS. We were serve a sandwich as we boarded.
: In 1997, Lauda was serving omelettes on VIE-VRN. On a CRJ!!! Free sparkling wine included! For breakfast! I also remember DL serving me the most wonde