jfk69
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Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:07 am

What kind of Product can I expect from EWR-SEA and do they serve Kosher Meals in first or have they taken those away?


Thanks
 
brianhames
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:30 am

Hi,
I'm not sure about Kosher meals. But you will get a full hot meal service as well as a light snack before arrival in SEA. You should also have free access to a digEplayer. You can read about those here:

http://www.alaskaair.com/as/www2/Flights/digEplayer.asp

Brian
 
wedgetail737
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:32 am

I flew AS first class RT between SEA-DCA last month. It's pretty good product. The seats were comfortable, both in Row 2 on a 738. You get a fairly decent meal. I believe there were two choices. You get to view the DigE player for free, with a number of movies/shows/music on it. That's pretty much it.

Am I missing anything????
 
skytaxi
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:14 am

From Alaska Airlines website:

§ Please note: In addition to beverage service, you have the option to purchase a meal for $5 (USD) or $5 (CAD), cash only. Please check the details section of your itinerary to determine which flights offer food for purchase. Learn more about our Northern Bites Service.
** Special meal requests are not available.

http://www.alaskaair.com/as/www2/help/faqs/MealService.asp
 
AeroWesty
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:17 am

Quoting SkyTaxi (Reply 3):
Please note: In addition to beverage service, you have the option to purchase a meal for $5 (USD) or $5 (CAD), cash only.

He's in First, so this would be the applicable entry:

First Class Cabin - Meal service on transcontinental flights includes a hot entrée for breakfast, lunch or dinner, depending upon time of day. A light snack is offered shortly before arrival.

And AS did away with special requests eons ago, IIRC.
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nwafflyer
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:24 am

I really suspect that most of the airlines no longer have either Kosher, or vegetarian meals -- they try and cater to most peoples' wants, even in first class, but selective groups are no longer adhered to as far as dietary wants.

Personally, I want low cholesterol, low fat meals (preferably also low calorie), but if I can't get them, I eat what I can and ignore the rest. For example, nuts are fine, chocolate cake isn 't, so I just make intelligent choices
 
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:18 am

There is most likely a vegetarian option, even if they don't have a special meal (which I doubt having read the transcon description).
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AeroWesty
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:23 am

I have an idea. The OP could call Alaska to order a Kosher meal, and then he'd find out for sure instead of relying upon an internet forum. (But this will probably go at least another 36 replies, complete with the obligatory "Does anyone really eat the reindeer sausage?" post.)  Wink
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nwafflyer
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:31 am

and personally, reindeer sausage doesn't have much taste -- but now Elk, now that's just plain great -- especially with cheddar cheese and good ole michigan cherries

Great idea here, mandatory first class meals
 
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:35 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 7):
(But this will probably go at least another 36 replies, complete with the obligatory "Does anyone really eat the reindeer sausage?" post.)

They serve that stuff all over Anchorage, so I think tourists do all the time

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 8):
reindeer sausage doesn't have much taste

Probably because they cut it with Pork. Too bad, because I was wanting to try it and do still eat some game despite my ban on red meat.
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AeroWesty
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:42 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 8):
Great idea here, mandatory first class meals

I'd like them to go a step further. If you're a FF, let you order from a special menu. TWA used to do that, and it was great. It would differentiate the Alaska product in First from other airlines. It couldn't cost that much to stock some extra frozen meals, could it?

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
Probably because they cut it with Pork.

That wouldn't be kosher!  Wink
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N1120A
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:47 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
That wouldn't be kosher!

Neither would the Reindeer for that matter, unless they had a Rabbi bless it and cut its throat.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 10):
I'd like them to go a step further. If you're a FF, let you order from a special menu. TWA used to do that, and it was great. It would differentiate the Alaska product in First from other airlines. It couldn't cost that much to stock some extra frozen meals, could it?

Air France does something where they serve full meals on euro flights to elites or those who buy higher priced Tempo Challange fares.
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jamesjoyce
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:58 am

Quoting JFK69 (Thread starter):
What kind of Product can I expect from EWR-SEA and do they serve Kosher Meals in first or have they taken those away?

I would prefer to reply with "You're absolutely certain you want to sit for more than 6 hours in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines 737-400 on a transcontinental flight?"
 
skytaxi
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:02 am

Quoting Jamesjoyce (Reply 12):
I would prefer to reply with "You're absolutely certain you want to sit for more than 6 hours in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines 737-400 on a transcontinental flight?"

Apparently not,He's in first class.

Quoting JFK69 (Thread starter):
do they serve Kosher Meals in first
 
AeroWesty
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:06 am

Quoting Jamesjoyce (Reply 12):
"You're absolutely certain you want to sit for more than 6 hours in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines 737-400 on a transcontinental flight?"

Tsk, tsk, obviously a trick question, since AS flies the -700 and -800 EWR-SEA. My answer would be "yes", however, since it's AS.
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roseflyer
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:08 am

Quoting Jamesjoyce (Reply 12):
Quoting JFK69 (Thread starter):
What kind of Product can I expect from EWR-SEA and do they serve Kosher Meals in first or have they taken those away?

I would prefer to reply with "You're absolutely certain you want to sit for more than 6 hours in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines 737-400 on a transcontinental flight?"

737-400s don't operate transcon routes and don't have the range to operate beyond ORD from SEA. I haven't flown a 738, so I can't comment, but I know that the older first class seats are quite uncomfortable since there is no support. It is just a big leather chair, but made my back hurt the last time I flew a 734 from SEA to SNA. Alaska did away with choices for meals on short flights in first class on the west coast, but I believe they still have options on the transcon flights.
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jfk69
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:09 am

I love how we go from talking about a first class product to talking about reindeer sausage.

Thanks for the replies. I know AA still serves Special meals in first so I figured it didn't hurt to ask about Alaska.
 
b6sea
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:19 am

The 738s have the new F class seats, so they should be quite comfortable. And since the 734s are being replaced by the 738s and 739s that question will not have to be answered for much longer. AS' first class resembles AA's on their 738s and MD80s by the way. AS has very good first class meals still too. Their snacks are delicious too, even on short flights.

They still use real glass and silverwear too!!!! OOOOH AAAAHHHH, it's like a real 2-star restaurant in the sky! But, all in all, you can't go wrong with AS.

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Chugach
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:29 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 8):
and personally, reindeer sausage doesn't have much taste

I must have a different source for my reindeer sausage because it's the best sausage I've ever eaten. And I get to eat it whenever I want Big grin
 
alaska737
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:34 am

AS does offer a choice for first class meals, usually a nice sandwhich and a salad. every time i have been in first class in the last few years a salad has always been an option. and the 700 and 800 F seats are very comfortable and have a nice neck/head support.
 
wedgetail737
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:26 am

Quoting B6sea (Reply 17):
And since the 734s are being replaced by the 738s and 739s that question will not have to be answered for much longer.

Where do you get the idea that AS is replacing their 734's with 738's and 739's. First of all, AS is not taking delivery of any more 739's. The Mad dogs will be replaced first with the 30 some-odd 738's before the 734's go away. Yes...some are being converted, but they will be with AS for some time to come.
 
alaska737
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:30 am

Quoting B6sea (Reply 17):
The 738s have the new F class seats

they are the same as the ones in the 700's and 900's

Quoting B6sea (Reply 17):
They still use real glass and silverwear too!!!! OOOOH AAAAHHHH

i admit i was surprised when i found a real metal knife with my meal
 
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RE: Alaska Airlines First Class

Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:57 am

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 15):
Alaska did away with choices for meals on short flights in first class on the west coast, but I believe they still have options on the transcon flights.

I've only logged a couple of AS flights, LAX-SEA and SEA-SFO in First and the former was a 4.20pm departure and had the option of sandwich or a Mexican salad:
http://img410.imageshack.us/img410/636/dsc028462wc.jpg AA/AS First Class & US Express: RIC-SEA (pics+vid) (by Fbgdavidson Jul 13 2006 in Trip Reports)

The SFO-SEA flight was a 6am departure and had a really crappy fruit plate for a breakfast with no second choice  thumbsdown 
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6670/dsc029187ut.jpg AS/AA First Class & US Airways: SEA-RIC (pics) (by Fbgdavidson Jul 13 2006 in Trip Reports)

As for the seats, well I flew a 737-400 and a 737-700 and the seat was the same on both. Was in 1A both flights and found the legroom was fine for a short 2hr hop down the coast, a 6hr transcon and I'd seriously consider other options. If you are an AS miles collector then consider AA F on the Flagship Service 767-200 to LAX/SFO out of JFK and then up to SFO from there on AS. Much more comfortable with masses of legroom, 9 seat cabin etc, only downside was the crap food:

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AA Flagship Service: JFK-LAX In First Class (pics) (by Fbgdavidson Jul 12 2006 in Trip Reports)

A quick warning, with boarding make sure you get on early in F if you need to retrieve stuff from your bag mid-flight. I boarded fairly late (but not just before departure by any means) and found the small overheads filled and had to put my bag in a closet for both flights.
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