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Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:39 am

What would you say is the longest flight, time or distance-wise, in which an airline does not offer a complimentary meal in coach? At least for the US, my bet is on AA's flight DFW-HNL, which the website indicates is 8h35m from DFW and 7h20m from HNL. Also, I thought UA flies to Hawaii from Chicago, but I can't find anything currently. I feel bad for the coach passengers on those flights, particularly if they run out of Buy-on-Board!

Anyone have different flights for different airlines?

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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:09 am



Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
AA's flight DFW-HNL, which the website indicates is 8h35m from DFW and 7h20m from HNL.

And I thought my 5 hours YYZ-YYC would be long on AC with no food in Y class...

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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:26 am



Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
AA's flight DFW-HNL, which the website indicates is 8h35m

I was on this flight one years ago and the was NO FREE FOOD what so ever.
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Thu Dec 11, 2008 7:28 pm

There's also a very long AA flight LAX-SJU.I think the website says that in F, on the SJU-LAX, they actually serve TWO meals!
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:07 pm

Not so long ago, most UK charter airlines charged for meals.. so LGW-SFB-PVR would have been either BOB or pre-booked meals. That would have been in the region of 13 hours or so! As for scheduled airlines, maybe the FR routes to the Canary Islands, or EZY from LGW to HRG and SSH would be amongst some of the longest here in Europe, I imagine.

Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
t least for the US, my bet is on AA's flight DFW-HNL, which the website indicates is 8h35m from DFW and 7h20m from HNL. Also, I thought UA flies to Hawaii from Chicago,

UA001 ORD-HNL is timed at 9hr 6mins... longer than many transatlantic services from their Washington Dulles hub.


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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:02 am



Quoting Bananaboy (Reply 4):
UA001 ORD-HNL is timed at 9hr 6mins... longer than many transatlantic services from their Washington Dulles hub.

Is that also without any food? 9hrs, without food is craziness
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:06 am



Quoting B747forever (Reply 5):
9hrs, without food is craziness

THAT would make me to an unruly passenger: grumpy hungry old Phil Big grin

I know I can buy something on that flight, but I am used to get service on my flights. I usually fly LH (guess why) and there is always food. Sometimes two meals on an 8 hour flight. Diner and Breakfast. For FREE.

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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:24 am

I've been on 10+ hour flights SYD-KIX on Jetstar where you had to buy all food on board. Now they are 8:40 hour flights OOL-KIX. There are also Jetstar flights SYD - Honolulu, but I'm not certain how long that takes.
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Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:53 pm

D7 KUL-STN is probably the longest once it starts.
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Fri Dec 12, 2008 5:01 pm



Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
my bet is on AA's flight DFW-HNL

Yeah, I agree . . . AA's DFW/ORD outbound/inbound HNL or OGG would be right up there . . . for US domestic with only BOB in Y. They offer an upgraded sandwich now in Y, but I understand sometimes they run out if full up. . .

And HI trips get ill-informed first timers on such a long flight who still expect a meal in Y. Our last trip we gave a head's up to a family sitting in the gate area next to us at DFW -- waiting to board for AA's # 8 -- who were talking about how hungry they were and "what lunch would be served on the plane?". I politely determined they were sitting in Y and told them the drill. They were grateful and loaded up on "provisions" for the 8 hours before boarding.
 
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:15 am



Quoting Mauiman31 (Reply 9):
And HI trips get ill-informed first timers on such a long flight who still expect a meal in Y

Is there/should there be something on the boarding screen indicating that there won't be a complimentary meal? It could depend on the airport, whether the boarding sign is computerized/digital or manual. Not necessarily something that AA would want to promote, but in order to keep passengers it might be a good idea to inform them ahead of time. And, it would promote helping the local airport.

Also, I neglected to include NW's nonstop MSP-HNL. I believe that is BOB in Y as well? However, the newer plane and AVOD could help make things easier, unlike AA and UA.
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:05 am



Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
Anyone have different flights for different airlines?

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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:13 am

Not one flight but I flew VIE-ARN-OSL-TOS last year and there was no food. I could have bought some on SK but one cup of coffee for 3€ is a bit much. So I starved until I ate a kilo of shrimp at TOSBig grin
 
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:59 pm

I think the winner would be Delta's ATL-HNL flight at 3912 nm.

ORD-HNL = 3687 nm
DFW-HNL = 3289 nm

And for the record, EWR-HNL = 4312 nm, but CO still provides a meal on that one, yes?
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:47 pm



Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 13):
I think the winner would be Delta's ATL-HNL flight at 3912 nm.

Actually, DL's ATL-HNL flight has complementary meal service in coach.

The DL flights to Hawaii from LAX and SLC have buy on board.
 
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:43 am



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 14):
Actually, DL's ATL-HNL flight has complementary meal service in coach.

Not to get off topic, but do you know if the meal is any good, i.e. the same as given on international flights? Is there an arrival snack, too?

Also, when was the switch made to BOB for the LAX and SLC-HNL flights?
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RE: Longest Flight With No Free Meals In Coach?

Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:12 pm



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Actually, DL's ATL-HNL flight has complementary meal service in coach.

Really? That's cool...does DL have a distance limit on domestic flights for meals? Or is that the only one?
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