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AA Consider Remove Meal Service On Dom. Flt  
User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

AA spokesman has confirmed that the World's largest airline is considering removing inflight meal service on the most domestic flights.

This is a part of a sweeping change to cut cost.

Todd Burke, spokesman for AMR Corp. said food was not exempt from cost-cutting consideration and removing meals on all domestic flights was one of many policies under discussion for slashing costs.

AA currently offers domestic flight meal service for 4 hours or longer. It costs AA $1billion per year on in-flight food and drinks in 2001.

Beverage service is expected to retained.

43 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineSquigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Anything more than two hours warrants a meal- less than that, save your money and go to McDonalds!


Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
User currently offlineKrags From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Is this the beginning of the end for "full service" onboard domestic flights? As long as we can take food onboard with us for long flights I have no problem with AA cutting meal service. However, at the same time the fares need to be in line with no frills carriers. If the big guys are going to cut out the frills then the fares need to reflect the changes.

User currently offlineDelta777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2217 times:

AAARRRGGGHHHHH!! they did good with MRTC, but now they are acting stupid. Well, probably not financially stupid, but service wise. I`m moving to Midwest Express and JetBlue (If JetBlue flew near me!!!).

D E L T A 7 7 7


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

jetBlue is Awesome, AA rips AAss. The meal service cuts are expected on behalf of the morons at AA. You will recieve more food on AirTran probably then you would on AA. Like I said. AA Rips AAss

User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

AA better not cut food. It should brong it ack. I hope people from AA read this. They cannot act no frills.

User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

I hate this!!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!  Pissed

User currently offlineJfwjxn From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

I agree with Krags. If the big carriers want to drop things their prices should reflect it. I espcially hate it when you make a reservation, and it says you get a meal maybe even a snack (sandwich), and then they say "TOO BAD" HA HA!

User currently offlineTriley1057 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 462 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Cutting meal service is not a great way to win back customers. Other airlines such as Continental are using meals as marketing efforts to make their airline stand above the rest. I absolutely agree with Krags too. If they are cutting all the frills, then they need to match the prices of low-fare carriers.

User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

I could just see the people whining already. So I guess more room=no food. Not a good strat if you ask me.... but no one did.

Is meal service in business and first still retained?



The Ohio Player
User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2089 times:

United just added back breakfast and enhanced First and Business meals :P

Try the airline that gave people MORE legroom FIRST! :P

-nate


User currently offlineKKMolokai From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Where is this info coming from? Sounds like rumors to me ...


We are the people of American Airlines. And we know why you fly.
User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2079 times:

I gave AA a lot of points with the MRTC deal.. I actually started really loving to fly with AA because it was comfortable.. The limited food.. i.e. pretzels and soda was a bit irrating, but no food at all? Hello I will go back to the other sardine can airlines.. and eat... Hey i am not living on the aircraft so a little crampness aint that bad..


There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineJC5280 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 530 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

Atta boy Segment King!

Thats exactly what I was thinking! And we are adding good food for b-fast and in First. Biscotti from Starbucks, hot breakfast sandwiches. This sure isn't going to help AA's fight for Chicago.


User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4974 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2073 times:

I heard from an AA F/A that they are going to try offering food service on "selected" transcon flights only. The others will only have beverage service. Maybe they'll just hand you a can of coke at the door.


Fly North Central Airlines..The route of the Northliners!
User currently offlineAA777-200 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 322 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

http://biz.yahoo.com/rc/020625/airlines_american_food_1.html

Yeah I guess its sad but true. I hope they dont go thru with this and they think before they act. I guess that if its something they have to do to save money for a while....so be it. Im sure it wont last forever. Im hoping they will just think before its done. Maybe they can just cut back and offer cold meat sandwhiches and a bag of chips for a while to save some money if its getting that bad. Just a thought....
Im sure were gonna lose alot of business if they drop meals.....lets just wait and see....
Brad


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Just flew SFO-MIA on a United 777 with private TVs and no charge for movies, had tons of audio, including Channel 9 (live ATC).

Here are the coach offerings:

1. Beverage service with snack mix

2. Hot meal service... choice of lasagna (with MEAT!), or chicken and potatoes.. included a salad with choice of dressings, 2 milano cookies, and an onion bread stick

3. another beverage service with meal

1 hour later

another beverage service (full cans I might add!) and more snack mix

-nate


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

Yeah, this would be expected. For you NWA haters all I can say is hahahaha. NWA offers food on their West Coast Flights in Coach. A friend said he got pretzels in place of a meal on AA ORD-MSY when he flew DTW-MSY around the same time on NW and got lunch, and this was 98. Pathetic. AirTran offers more food than AA. For those AA Lovers, y'all are a crying shame. Heck, you could expect more food on ASA EMBRAER-120 BRASILIA'S.

User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

and Skywest offers more snack choices than mainline United on the west coast! :P

-n


User currently offlineAA717driver From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 1566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

Maybe AA is planning to lower their fares accordingly. Many articles of late are trumpeting the death of the full service carriers. Maybe AA is simply getting on board early.TC


FL450, M.85
User currently offlineRickB From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

I hope not - the last domesitc US flight I had which had no full meal service was a nightmare (okay it was UAL) the guy sat behind me brought a curry onboard in a silver container and then proceeded to eat it noisily. Dont get me wrong, I love Curry but the smell of it stunk the plane out for the whole flight and it was grim !!

Besides meal services aren't just about food IMHO, they also help pass the time during the flight.

RickB



User currently offlineFlyboy36y From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3039 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I agree RickB. AA better not mess up like this...!!!

User currently offlineSEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

--Uhhhh, don't start complaining *now,* people. For years and years, Americans have regularly bitched about "how bad" airline food is. And for years we have laughed at stand-up comedians' jokes and numerous television sitcoms poking fun at it. The result?......


From The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2002:

"The customer doesn't value the food," says American Airlines spokesman Tim Doke, noting that plenty of people are choosing to fly rival discount carriers like JetBlue and Southwest, which have never served meals....

"The fact that Southwest and JetBlue get no grief for not serving food tells us that customers are helping to make our food decision for us," says Mr. Doke. American spent $778 million on in-flight food and drinks last year.

(Copyright (c) 2002, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)



Pretty soon, none of us will be able to say which airline has "better food" than the other.

Hahahahaaaa. This is hilarious.
 Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineBlink182 From Azerbaijan, joined Oct 1999, 5480 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1926 times:

Anybody notice how when airlines serve food, everybody complains how bad it is, and then when they drop the food service, everybody complains that they will starve?

blink



Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

"...don't know what you got, till it's gone..."

25 LMP737 : Hopefully more sensible minds will prevail at AA and they will keep meal service. Gordon Bethune said it best when he saying that you can eliminate to
26 BR715-A1-30 : I have this hatred for AA because of their stupid Business Tactics. They say they are the most wonderful airline, when all they do is copy other airli
27 Goingboeing : AAARRRGGGHHHHH!! they did good with MRTC, but now they are acting stupid. Well, probably not financially stupid, but service wise. I`m moving to Midwe
28 Boiler Special : BR715, I have it on good authority that AA is indeed not interested in copying Vanguard or anybody else's business plan. The fact is, they are the lar
29 LMP737 : BR715: Every airline in existence says they are the best airline that ever was. You accuse AA of copying everyone else. Let me point out a couple thin
30 Flyboy36y : PART ONE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This move is controversial and AA is just testing the waters to see what
31 Lowfareair : >>Nobody should expect to be served food at the prices that are being paid now.
32 Post contains images Boiler Special : Flyboy, I didn't mean to be all-inclusive. I, too, am an AAdvantage member (after the TW buyout anyway) and fly AA now most of the time. Comments from
33 Wn700driver : Maybe it's the having grown up in Western Europe talking here, but I for one have NEVER complained about airline food. I think most people complaining
34 Post contains images Blink182 : BR715-A1-30- For whatever reason, you find every way possible to b*tch about AA. You are allowed to dislike AA(just as I do Southwest), but you don't
35 Vinovalentino : I have travelled extensively across Canada and around the world. The best simple solution to low-cost meals was short-lived Greyhound Air. Greyhound h
36 Greg : Actually, eating domestically is not worth the hassle--unless upfront where you have a bit of room. But the food is still mediocre at best. As long as
37 Jfwjxn : Plane, and simple not very people like AA. I personally don't like AA but only fly them because of the miles. Thats how they lure people in, and the M
38 Post contains images Flyboy36y : People complain about food in hopes of IMPROVIN it, not elliminating it!
39 Flyboy36y : I fly AA because they are HUGE and and go everywhere I need to go. I also like their customer service. I'ts not that I love AA as a whole, but I think
40 ILUV767 : If they were to cut meals, I see two things happening. 1. No one cares, and other airlines follow with the elimination of food service. or 2. The lack
41 AASTEW : BR715, FYI, AA has been around for 75+yrs. Never filed for bankruptcy!! They must be doing something right. Trust me it's not just luck that AA has la
42 Flyboy36y : FYI, AA has been around for 75+yrs. Never filed for bankruptcy!! They must be doing something right. Trust me it's not just luck that AA has lasted th
43 Ilyushin96M : Well, I fly with whatever airline offers me the lowest fare to wherever I'm going. When I have a choice - ie, when the fares are the same for Delta, A
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