TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 998 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1371 times:
Yes UA is going to start serving "some" meals again. There was something in Hemisphere magazine. However the flight has to be closer to two hours, not one, and it will be a roll or bagel. Even in F, no more omletes except for flights of several hours.
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1372 times:
Well, this is great news to hear from UAL by the meal services like Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks too. And that is very good to be back to be resume again. And I'm glad to hear as from the UAL. And do you ever think will more service on routes out from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York-Newark/Kennedy. and Boston too.
SEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1261 times:
>>This will hurt UA financially. It seems like this is a marketing ploy. But I doubt that many people will fly UA just because they serve food.
Gosh, is there no end to this rash of bizarre statements cropping up on this forum lately??
Serving food again (like has been done for decades) is a "marketing ploy?" Are you trying to say that they shouldn't resume meals? Hmmmm. Perhaps you're right... Maybe UA should NEVER serve a morsel of food ever, ever again. Perhaps UA can recover nicely this way. And while they're at it, why not eliminate beverages, pretzels and napkins too? How about suspending cleaning crews from all their aircraft. Could sparkling clean airplanes and beverages be some kind of "marketing ploy" as well?
Gee, eliminate all that and I bet it could work wonders for UA's finances!
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8 Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
Its nice to see that the meal service is comming back...even if its a snack. Infact, some of the old United Shuttle routes qualify for snack services in coach, and meals in First. I thought I'd never see the day!
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16109 posts, RR: 57 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
This will hurt UA financially. It seems like this is a marketing ploy. But I doubt that many people will fly UA just because they serve food.
For once I agree with 757. When I have a choice betw 2 similar itineraries and one has meal service, that's the one I pick. When UA significantly reduced meal service in the early 90's......they lost me to AA.
Meal service is arguably a money maker if enough pax such as me will pick a flight for a meal.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
Iflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1137 times:
I thought you'd dropped off the face of the earth. I haven't seen a posted messaged from you in like a million years or so. When everything happened on September 11th, I wondered if you were one of the ones that was lost.
Great to hear from you again.
Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Aa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1076 times:
I really doubt some one would pick a meal flight over a non meal flight. Meals cost a great deal of money for a carrier like UA or AA. I am very suprized to see UA returning to meals so soon, since they are still (like AA) loosing millions of dollars a day.
Air travel has changed significantly since 9/11. The low fare carriers like B6 and WN are bouncing back much faster than other carriers. None of them serve meals, so my personal feeling is UA is wasting there money on meals. Sure people will take the meal if it is the same price to fly JFKLAX as B6 is JFKLGB, but if you were to tell that person their ticket would be $20.00 more they would probably choose the cheaper fare (B6).
The return of meal service would be nice, but until profits return I dont think it makes good business sense.
UALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1052 times:
Hey Iflewrepublic! Thanks for those nice words. Although I don't usually post very much, rest assured I'm actually lurking here quite often. Regarding Sept 11, I actually took the subsequent voluntary 3-month furlough and an extra one month to regroup and work my other job. I've been fully back to flying now since May (April was a vacation month which meant I had like 23 days off.)
I decided to become a more "active" member from now on.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4210 posts, RR: 36 Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
Aussie > Meals on Kendell flights?? I made a trip (see trip reports) in australia in April and I only got a cookie on the Kendell Saab 340 flights MEL-CBR and CBR-SYD. So I guess they cut back as well.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
ORD From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1371 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 992 times:
Back in 1998 one of the airline catering companies said they would provide all this extra food to any airline that wanted it as a test on certain routes to see if it would increase passenger loads. The only airline that accepted the challenge was United. The test routes were Newark to both LAX and SFO. Both the quality and quantity of the meals were significantly upgraded during a 6-month span. I think the results showed United did increase its share of the coach market, but I can't recall the exact results. It was a fascinating study, though, if anybody has more info.
United also used to serve excellent meals in coach in the mid-90s. They were created by that famous American chef, but I can't remember her name.