Can anyone here elaborate on US domestic F Class meal standards for every major airline? Continental is the only one that features this on their website, and in my opinion they have done a good job in keeping to their promises.
What about other airlines? I don't expect much from AA & UA considering their financial situation, and there's probably no standard set whatsoever. From reading the trip reports here and at flyertalk, it seems like both airlines serve meals on F Class of over 2 hours, but then there is really no standard as to what they do. I believe standardization also helps bring down the cost as it allows the airline to place orders at cost in bulk.
I'm very interested about NW F Class, and since they don't really have true transcon flights (DTW - West Coast comes close), maybe someone could explain their meal standards on MSP - East/West Coast, especially on flights that average 2.5 - 3.5 hours. Maybe some FA's here may be able to provide some insight.......???
Anyhooo, here's what it says on the CO website: Bon Apetit!
(1) Beverages and Munchies
For First Class and Economy Class
Flights less than 1 hour
Beverages are served.
Flights 1 - 1 1/2 hours
Beverages are served. Munchies are offered in First Class on flights before 10:00 a.m. and are offered in both First and Economy class on flights after 10:00 a.m.
Flights over 1 1/2 hours for First Class and over 2 hours for Economy Class
Beverages and a complimentary meal or snack are offered on segments during appropriate meal or snack periods.
(2) Meals and Snacks
Meals and snacks are served on flights over 1½ hours for First Class and over 2 hours for Economy Class.
Breakfast / Snack: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch / Snack: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner / Snack: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Flights 1 1/2 - 2 hours
First Class: Complimentary beverages and a continental snack will be offered for Breakfast. During the traditional Lunch/Dinner hours, a cold snack will be offered.
Economy Class: Beverages and a continental snack will be offered for Breakfast. During the traditional Lunch/Dinner hours, beverages and munchies will be offered.
Flights over 2 hours
First Class: Beverages and a hot or cold choice of entrée will be offered for Breakfast and a hot choice of entrée for Lunch and Dinner.
Economy Class: Beverages and a cold breakfast snack will be offered for Breakfast. A fresh cold sandwich snack will be offered for Lunch and Dinner.
Flights over 3 1/2 hours
First Class: Beverages and a hot or cold choice of entrée will be offered for Breakfast and a hot choice of entrée for Lunch and Dinner. Fresh baked-on-board cookies are included with Breakfast Lunch. Ice cream with your choice of toppings is included with Dinner.
Economy Class: Beverages and a snack basket containing cold breakfast items will be offered for Breakfast. A fresh hot sandwich snack basket will be offered for Lunch or Dinner.
(3) Light Snack
If your flight is not during the scheduled Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner hours, a light snack may be offered.
On flights over two hours between 5:00 a.m. and 7:59 p.m.
On flights over three hours between 8:00 p.m. and 4:59 a.m.
On flights over three hours between 5:00 a.m. and 9:29 a.m.
On flights over three hours between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.