USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3468 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7143 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?
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.
PHX Flyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 688 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6584 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.
CODC10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2730 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6464 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!
AznMadSci From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 3782 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6387 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" 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!!!
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WorldTraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4308 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.
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 22175 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4236 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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EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 15364 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4060 times:
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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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?
USAirALB From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 3468 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3632 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.
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.
Mawelsh From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 73 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3420 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.
: 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
: 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
: 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
: Clue me in, what do other carriers offer and call food that is free, nothing in case you choose not to answer.
: This was in 2002 and continued or for a while. I'm not sure when it was started before they changed it.
: 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
: 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.
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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.
: 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
: 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?
: 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
: 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
: 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
: Are there any other airlines who use Chelsea for catering?
: You are indeed correct. EWR-Florida markets are flown with 4 instead of 5.
: Is that only for the EWR-Florida market or on all 752 flights?
: EWR-Florida and IAH-Florida markets. All others receive 5 flight attendants.
: Bet they wished they'd held onto the 1A shares