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Is CO Disc. Comp. Meals In Y Domestically?  
User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3038 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6660 times:

I recently booked a flight on CO from EWR to YVR. When I booked it, it said Breakfast under the meals. Now, it says Snack. Under Snack it doesnt say no special meal offered, so I thought it was just because the flight was to Canada. Then, I checked EWR-LAX, and it also says Snack. Does anyone have some info on this?


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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6642 times:

This is weird beacuse, all meal flights in the summer are snacks, in the fall they resume to regular meal service.


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User currently offlineGosimeon From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6583 times:



Quoting USAirALB (Reply 1):
This is weird beacuse, all meal flights in the summer are snacks, in the fall they resume to regular meal service.

Are people less hungry during the summer or am I missing something here?


User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6521 times:



Quoting Gosimeon (Reply 2):
Quoting USAirALB (Reply 1):
This is weird beacuse, all meal flights in the summer are snacks, in the fall they resume to regular meal service.

Are people less hungry during the summer or am I missing something here?



Maybe CO just chooses to piss us off more during the summer time by only serving snacks.  Wink




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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6518 times:



Quoting Gosimeon (Reply 2):
Are people less hungry during the summer or am I missing something here?

funny  Smile, but Im serious. Flight to LAX during summer http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...D=ABC6A82CFE1F4DFDAB21D44A5DAE4602

During Fall- http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...D=ABC6A82CFE1F4DFDAB21D44A5DAE4602

These don't work but try a flight from ALB-EWR-LAX in July, then try it in Sept.



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User currently offlineCtbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6400 times:

No. They just released an ad campaign with one of the spots advertising they still are serving free meals.

Charles, SJ



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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6393 times:



Quoting WN230 (Reply 3):
Maybe CO just chooses to piss us off more during the summer time by only serving snacks.

A "snack" can still be pizza and salad. Does "Lunch" mean something more?


User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6372 times:



Quoting Ctbarnes (Reply 5):
No. They just released an ad campaign with one of the spots advertising they still are serving free meals.

Hasn't that been around for like 2 years? Whats the ad campaign website?



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5731 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6181 times:



Quoting USAirALB (Reply 7):
Whats the ad campaign website?

It was linked on this forum recently; I don't remember the addy, go to co.com and dig for it, you'll find 4 brand new video adds. One of them features a man looking out the window at food-shaped-clouds... creative and novel, in my opinion.

Continental's schedule is only valid for about three months out, so stick with what it says for summer.

I don't know about the differences, but if they'd downgraded, EWRCabincrew would have told us by now.

He'd better, anyway.


User currently offlinePHX Flyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6101 times:

I have been flying CO transcons at least every 3 weeks for the past two years, over the past 10 days four transcon legs alone. The service has always been consistent: it's a warm sandwich (beef/swiss, cheeseburger, sometimes a small pizza), along with a side salat with ranch dressing, and a miniature candy bar, lately a small pack of Pepperidge Farm cookies. It always says "snack" on the itinerary, but this is what you get. In First, you still get the three course meal (one should never forego the soup - it's always rich and delicious!). I was always under the impression that "snack" implied that there was no choice of special meals, but on my flight yesterday from Orange County to Newark, I overheard one of the FA apologizing to the guy in the row in front of me (in coach) for not having his special meal on board. Later on I saw a list in the rear galley with some passenger names and their special meal orders. So, obviously, Continental still offers this service, too.

User currently offlineCODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2396 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5981 times:

Must be a schedule glitch. As far as I know there have been no planned changes to the CO domestic meal protocol. New menus were rolled out last fall in domestic F, but that's about the only recent adjustment in service levels I can think of.

Compared to the old transcon meals (before about 2003), the current ones are definitely more of a 'snack' than anything. In my book, a full meal in Y is still a casserole, and you'll only get that on international long hauls at CO, same with most US carriers.

Quoting PHX Flyer (Reply 9):
Later on I saw a list in the rear galley with some passenger names and their special meal orders. So, obviously, Continental still offers this service, too.

Yes, the special meals are only offered on flights that are catered to transcon standard. Regular domestic service does offer any special meals.

I agree about CO's soups, they are definitely tops in that department, however the only time you can catch them on transcontinental services are the eastbound redeyes up front. I sometimes think they should be made a part of the existing lunch/dinner service, but then again that's about 300-500 more calories on top of an already gut-busting meal, so maybe they are watching out for us...21" is wide enough!

[Edited 2008-03-15 22:57:22]

User currently offlineAznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3659 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

As PHX Flyer mentioned, there is no lunch or dinner service on most domestic flights in Y. Usually it's a snack-sized basket givine out during meal-time service containing either a cheese pizza, chicken sandwich, or my least favorite "the cheesburger"  yuck  alongside a salad usually with caesar dressing, and a candy snack. It's at least free on CO, with the only thing charging are for alcoholic beverages. If you're on a flight with no meals, then it's usually peanuts/pretzels and drinks service. By now most already opt to purchase food at the airport and bring it on the plane.

If you're in F, you do get a full meal. The soups are awesome, but if you get to fly during the morning, you have to try those cinnamon rolls!!!  cloudnine 



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User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

I recently flew EWR-PHX-EWR in Y. Meal service was a "snack"-chicken Sandwich going out, pizza coming back, along with salad and desert.


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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Even though they still call it a snack, sure beats stale peanuts and rancid pretzels.  yuck 

User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4589 times:

We are definitely not discontinuing food services domestically. The packaging of them might have changed, but 'meals' are still being served.

For special meal requests, here is where they are served:

http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...flight/dining/special/default.aspx

Quoting USAirALB (Thread starter):
I recently booked a flight on CO from EWR to YVR. When I booked it, it said Breakfast under the meals. Now, it says Snack.

You will be getting a breakfast consisting of (at the very least) probably cereal (with a small milk), raisins and a muffin of some sort. It is what we get to PHX.

I hope this helps.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4569 times:

Here's some more info on CO's Domestic meal policies;

http://www.continental.com/web/en-US...light/dining/domestic/default.aspx



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21476 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4103 times:

The schedules call more and more flights "snacks" though i usually can't tell the difference on board between a lunch time snack and a lunch time lunch.


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User currently offlineWorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

My bias is well known but it sure seems to me like it will be a whole lot easier for CO to continue to redefine what it calls a snack and before long it will consist of little if anything more than what other carriers offer on their own flights and call them snacks.

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21476 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3753 times:



Quoting WorldTraveler (Reply 17):
seems to me like it will be a whole lot easier for CO to continue to redefine what it calls a snack and before long it will consist of

And yet, this hasn't happened. They haven't been redefining what a snack is, so how can they "continue" to do so? Their snacks are what they have been. It's one thing to be biased, it's another to make things up.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3577 times:
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As CO owns Chelsea, their catering company, it's more cost effective for them to continue to offer free meals as opposed to other carriers. It's also a service that sets them apart, so I doubt we'll ever see CO go to a buy-on-board product.


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User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4002 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3516 times:
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Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 14):
We are definitely not discontinuing food services domestically. The packaging of them might have changed, but 'meals' are still being served.

For special meal requests, here is where they are served:

http://www.continental.com/web/en-US....aspx

EWRCabincrew, As always thanks for the information you bring here to us as well as all of your insights and observations.
Do you think they'll ever bring back a so called full meal on the traditional transcon flights like they used to offer, or will it stay as is?

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 19):
As CO owns Chelsea, their catering company, it's more cost effective for them to continue to offer free meals as opposed to other carriers. It's also a service that sets them apart, so I doubt we'll ever see CO go to a buy-on-board product

I believe many years ago, UA used to have their own catering division @ their larger stations.
Does anyone think we'll ever see the likes of UA, DL, AA etc., bring back their own flight kitchens. I know DL used Dobbs a great deal instead of having their own kitchens. It just seems to me they would save a lot of money by having this instead of paying the likes of Gate Gourmet, Skychefs and etc...

Do the smaller catering companies such as Chelsea do catering for other carriers? I know Air France uses ServAir @ LAX as well and am wondering who uses them too. SQ? ANA?


User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3354 times:



Quoting LACA773 (Reply 20):
Do you think they'll ever bring back a so called full meal on the traditional transcon flights like they used to offer, or will it stay as is?

I think it will stay as it is. Since CO owns its own catering company, CO has that advantage and will continue to provide that service as a result.



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User currently offlineUSAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3149 times:



Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 14):
You will be getting a breakfast consisting of (at the very least) probably cereal (with a small milk), raisins and a muffin of some sort. It is what we get to PHX.

Really? I've seen pics at airlinemeals.net, and the breakfast was a Hot egg and cheese sandwich, orange and pineapple slices, cranberry muffin, stawberry yogurt. I thought that was the transcon breakfast standard. That seems more than the above. This was in 06.



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3093 times:



Quoting USAirALB (Reply 22):
Really?

Yeah, that is why I said at the very least. I did a transcon a few weeks back (SFO-EWR) for the breakfast service, I honestly forgot what was on it other than a hot egg muffin sandwich. With that said, you will be getting a breakfast to YVR. I just wish I could tell you more.  Smile



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User currently offlineMawelsh From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2937 times:

I know it seems small, but travelling with kids is hectic. So after getting two kids and our gear aboard, through security, and onto the plane...CO's little offering of "breakfast" was so welcomed on our recent CLE to RSW flight. The banana, bowl of Total and milk may seem like a little thing, but it was appreciated (as was the sandwich, Fritos and candy bar on the way home).

Thanks to Continental for still providing this extra service.


25 N801NW : I recently bought a ticket for EWR-SJC and noticed that the meal service was listed as "snack" instead of "dinner" as it had been last September. Do w
26 USAirALB : thats what Im trying to say. All meals in the summer are Snacks-then in the fall instead of saying snack, they say dinner or lunch or breakfast
27 EWRCabincrew : If that means using a different word but getting the same thing, then yes. Could be as simple as a wording issue or marketing issue. I wish I knew so
28 Luv2fly : Clue me in, what do other carriers offer and call food that is free, nothing in case you choose not to answer.
29 LACA773 : This was in 2002 and continued or for a while. I'm not sure when it was started before they changed it.
30 WorldTraveler : the concept is fairly young.... let's give it six months or so and then we'll revisit the subject. by that idea, regional jet operations for DL and A
31 COflyerBOS : Despite WorldTraveler's predictions (hopes?), CO still provides a service that other majors do not. I just flew BOS-IAH-ZIH and the return last week.
32 Ikramerica : Again, as we've been trying to explain, when it says "snack" it is really just saying "food" and you will get the meal that is dictated by CO's rules
33 SlimShady : Jees, man... suck it up and fork over the $8.49 for a fast food burger, biggie fries and a diet coke in the terminal. Whatever you get from Mcdonalds
34 GSPSPOT : To busy, or overloaded & tired pax, who may or may not have time to grab a bit before leaving or at the airport, being able to rely on something to e
35 DTWAGENT : I know when I flew on CO from DTW-IAH. We had a hot breakfast. Eggs, meat of some type and a muffin. In coach. I was about to pass out. I have not had
36 ExFATboy : I took a look at the very popular early morning flight from EWR to SRQ (good ol' 1411) and it says "snack" in coach all the way through next winter.
37 Post contains images CODC10 : There is no concept...there have been minimal changes to domestic Y meal service in about four years. With Chelsea in-house CO absolutely saves money
38 ExFATboy : Fair enough, but why is EWR-Florida different? So if I fly in F from, say, EWR to MSY I'll get a cold plate, but EWR-TPA is only peanuts or pretzels?
39 EWRCabincrew : Kind of answered your own question. I have worked a few EWR-Florida flights recently and we served those 'bullet' sandwiches and carrots on every leg
40 COalways : But you have to remember that Chelsea there Catering company brings in Money as well as they cater to ALOT of other Airlines that fly into the Cateri
41 CODC10 : EWR-Florida are low-yield markets, and CO adjusts their service slightly to compensate for the lower fares due to the competition and short duration o
42 LACA773 : Are there any other airlines who use Chelsea for catering?
43 EWRCabincrew : You are indeed correct. EWR-Florida markets are flown with 4 instead of 5.
44 AznMadSci : Is that only for the EWR-Florida market or on all 752 flights?
45 EWRCabincrew : EWR-Florida and IAH-Florida markets. All others receive 5 flight attendants.
46 Post contains images JGPH1A : Bet they wished they'd held onto the 1A shares
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