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United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 9:57 am

Starting July 7, UA will resume serving breakfast on all flights longer than 225 miles (or one hour) in both First and Economy classes.

Pre-September 11 meal service during other times of day is expected to resume later this summer as well.
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 9:59 am

Excelent, good to see United bringing back service that was cut after 9/11.

Truly a fantastic airline. United is all I fly on for domestic flights from DEN.

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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:22 am

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.

So, it i snot exactly "back".
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:22 am

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.  Big thumbs up 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.
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 1:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 1:54 pm

Breakfast on a one-hour long economy flight? I'd like to see that. Perhaps they consider a bagel and a cup of coffee to constitute "breakfast."
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 2:10 pm

>>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!


Weird.

 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 2:20 pm

from UA sales:

flights over 90 minutes will be catered again. Breakfast flights will receive a "breakfast" meal.. "snack" flights around "breakfast time" will have the snack returned.

In September, United will relaunch meal service (catering) on ALL flights that qualified for meal service...

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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 06, 2002 3:03 pm

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!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: United To Resume Meals

Fri Jun 07, 2002 8:16 am

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.




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UALfa@jfk

Fri Jun 07, 2002 8:49 am

Hey~

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.

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RE: United To Resume Meals

Fri Jun 07, 2002 9:11 am

Compare that to the full gourmet meal on ceramic plates you got on Kendell flights in Economy class from Sydney to Canberra - all 25-30mins.

Jeez, I'm glad I don't live in the States where we get excited about a simple meal on a one hour flight!

That said, Qantas service has decreased of late... but not quite to US levels thank God.
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Fri Jun 07, 2002 12:27 pm

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.
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Fri Jun 07, 2002 2:49 pm

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.

(Or at least I'll try to-LOL.)

 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Fri Jun 07, 2002 4:55 pm

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.
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Fri Jun 07, 2002 10:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: United To Resume Meals

Thu Jun 13, 2002 12:27 pm

Okay, here are some pics of the new "streamlined" breakfasts in UB from my last two flights aboard 777 aircraft.





As you can see, filling, but the entrees are kind of "Coachey"... esp. considering UE gets a hot portion in their snack boxes now on an equivalent 2+ hour flight...

Here's an extra... guess where I was flying to/from?  Smile Also, extra points for guessing what that movie on the PTV is that I was watching.