you want to hear opinions about airline meals on US domestic flights or any flight by a US airline? Will give you my view on both:
On domestic flights in the US, I am always disappointed, although I only travel in First, most of the time on UA
, but also some flights with DL
What strucked me several times was the "choice": at several instances on UA
I was sitting not in the first row, and so when my turn came to tell the steward/ess what I would like to eat, my choice was "out". Disappointing at first, BUT then she came back to me some minutes later to tell me that after all I could have my beef/chicken whatever I had longed for because the captain had generously agreed to change his choice. This is a joke!!! Of course airline crews have to eat well, but what sort of service attitude is that to deny passengers a choice of meal because some crew member has taken it before??? I think priority should be given to buck paying passengers, unless the airlines have decided that they no longer need premium passengers thanks to the healthy economic state they are in.
On international flights, I only used UA
, again in First. Pathetic, that's all I can say. Lacking any imagination, and the quality was poor when compared to some European airlines (Air France, Swiss, BA
), let alone the likes of SQ
. Again, I was struck when my question "what wines do you have" was answered by "red and white", but no clue whatsoever whether these would be Californian, Australian, French or whatever, which year, which grape, etc. However, I have to give them a lot of credit for then coming up to me with all the bottles they had so that I can choose from. No European airline would ever have reacted in this pragmatic and charming way.
In a nutshell, it seems to me that food as such does not have the same prominence in the US than, say, in Europe (OK, I am from France, that may be going to extremes), and the attitude and knowledge of cabin personnel clearly reflects that. That is not a value statement, but simply observing cultural differences