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BOB Meals A Lost Opportunity  
User currently offlineORDagent From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 823 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

I just flew NW MDW-MSP-PHX-MSP-MDW. The routing sucks but the price was right and as an anutter I didn't care. I'm not going into a full trip report in this forum but in a nutshell the experience was pleasant in just about every way.

On my flight back I left early in the morning and only had 40 minutes to connect so I really had no chance to eat during the entire day. I bought the "Smart Snack" box and was shocked. It was full of cookies, chips, beef sausage and cheese. There wasn't anything "smart" about it except that all the products were shelf stable to stay on board for weeks on end. The airlines stated that if you paid for the food it would actually be decent when BOB was started. Well at NW at least it is just as generic high calorie and salt junk they used to give out. I'm not expecting a gourmet treat for a five buck snack but please!

Are the buy on board options on the other domestic airlines this dire as well?

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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 905 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

Just do a pond jump and you would be surprised with the choices for BOB.
Monarch a LCC offers hot meals at $10 inc drink and all the trimmings and then a HOT pannini at $6 again with a drink! Easyjet will offer something but as I have not flown with them recently i am not sure if HOT or cold. There is no real excuse for the US airlines not to offer a good meal at a good price. Maybe they feel that the US customers would not want to pay for a good meal!!


User currently offlineCOERJ145 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1421 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

NW used to have nice salads and snackboxes with sandwiches for sale. That was around 2003 I think. I wish they'd bring those back, as the current selection is terrible. AA's fresh items for sale is good, as is US and DL's. UA's is ok, at least they have a choice of snackboxes for sale, however the fresh items could use improvement. I think the reason why NW hasn't adopted or brought back the fresh items on domestic flights is because most of their flights are under 4 hours(East/West Coast to MSP/MEM), with a few over 4(DTW west), never exceeding 5. They may have found that not enough people wanted the fresh items on those flights and that it would cost too much to stock them. UA only offers their fresh items on flights over 5 hours.

[Edited 2008-03-02 13:41:22]

User currently offlineBoeing743 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

I understand what you are saying. I went through same thing. When I flew on AA from DFW to Gualadajara in 1992 with my Spanish class from high school. I remember AA provided a fresh hot meal in coach class. I had dinner to Gualadjara from Dallas and breakfast from Gualadajara to DFW. It was so good. I also remember fresh snackbox on US and UA pre 9/11. They are very good, usually in morning it was mini bread, banana, yogurt on 2 hrs flight from ORD -DCA and back to ORD. Also from DCA -MSY and MSY-CLT. I sure really enjoy those meal. I even had fresh snack meal on night flight on UA from ORD to DCA, it sandwich, baby carrot or potato salad, one dessert. They were very satisfy to me and seem everybody was enjoy them too.

After 9/11 everything changed and I flew on NW from IND-LAS-IND, I was so disappintment because it was after they change their BOB to cheap snackbox in 2003 or someting. I was not so satisfy and I was so starved after 4 hrs flight. I wish that all of airlines would change from those worthless snackbox and bring back to real BOB food. I do not understand how can airlines said that passengers not want to buy those expensive BOB even they purchase a lot of food on food court to bring aboard aircraft. Food from food court cost almost same as BOB so what point for airlines to stop do fresh BOB. I do not want to be starved on long flight. I can't image airlines from US offer cheap BOB on flight to and from Hawaii. They are very very long flight and they should offer hot meal.


User currently offlineCopySouthwest From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1698 times:



Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 1):
Easyjet will offer something but as I have not flown with them recently i am not sure if HOT or cold.

Easyjet do a really nice hot Bacon Roll for breakfast. Reasonable BOB products can be found.



Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight with us today.
User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

NW is testing new food but Y is not its focus at the moment.

NWA testing new first-class menu

http://www.twincities.com/business/ci_8412201

Quote:
The Greek pasta salad with chicken and fig skewer, the chicken Caesar, or the chef salad? A hot Florentine turkey sandwich, the sausage, mushroom and onion pizza, or the zesty club?

Every 10 minutes for almost an hour, a new tray landed in front of the taste testers sampling potential lunch offerings for Northwest Airlines' domestic first-class flights.



User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3929 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

EI do an amazing hot breakfast on early morning flights. It sells very well. Its basically waht was served complementary in J class until J was no longer offered. Throughout the day EI offer a range of fresh sandwiches, paninins and wraps, the hot option is a pizza slice. In addition snack items like pringles, cheese& cracker snack boxes, biscuits, and soups are available on all flights, from 50 minute hops over the irish sea to 5 hour trips to the canaries and greek islands. Thats on 174 seater A320s with 4 flight attendents. I dont see why the US carriers cant offer fresh and tasty products on flights of less than 5 hour durations.

http://www.aerlingus.com/cgi-bin/obe...gdffgdfki.0&P_OID=-8074&Category=3

Brian.



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User currently offlineDBCooper From Brazil, joined Jun 2004, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

I really like the "northern bites" hot breakfast on AS - for a fiver you get eggs and sausage on a bed of hash browns with either ketchup or picante sauce. Very tasty and nice to get something hot that resembles the meal you had in mind.


- DBC


User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

Delta seemed to have some nice BOB options, but by the time they got to me in row 20 on a 757 they had sold out of everything, so it was really pointless.

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