Enjoying my Alaska breakfast at 1:30pm

Old Jul 2, 19, 8:26 pm
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Enjoying my Alaska breakfast at 1:30pm

My SEA-IAD was originally scheduled to depart at 9:50am, but today it was rescheduled to 11:55am and didn't go out until 12:05pm. Had some congestion in the ramp area causing a further delay. By the time our meals were served, it was 1:30, and we landed at IAD 2.5 hours late. I was notified of the delay at 5 this morning via e-mail.

Is it common for Alaska to serve breakfast in the afternoon when they know hours in advance they won't be departing until around noon? Seems with plenty of advance notice they should be able to have catering switch to a lunch service instead.
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Old Jul 2, 19, 9:23 pm
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I've seen AA change the meal out when a flight delay has taken it beyond the breakfast time recently. I know AA in the old days would still serve what your original flight was catered for. I wonder the logistics into this since it is not like they have a made to order chef doing orders day of.
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Old Jul 2, 19, 10:31 pm
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Well, having worked AA ops in the "old days", SOP was to stick with the catering on hand. Unless of course, if it's considered spoiled. It's been my opinion (no facts or data points) that this is just how the industry works.
My days were pre 9-11, I'm sure it's worse now. Those meals are prepared many hours in advance. And it's not just the meals pre-prepared, but the scheduling of the trucks/personnel/getting TSA security checks/etc.
At major hubs, there are "hot" catering trucks on hand to handle food swaps due to last minute aircraft swaps, but that's moving existing (security checked) meals around, not trading breakfast out for lunch.
Meal pre-orders require 24 hour advance notice, so use that as a guideline.

Having said all that ...
I just flew TUS-SJC-DAL. The TUS departure at 7:05am was a (shelf stable, catered in SJC the afternoon before) breakfast. A short layover in SJC and leaving at 9:50amMDT for an after 3pmCDT arrival in DAL, and the meal was breakfast.
It was close to 11am MDT when the meal was served, but this seemed strange to me. I chose the "breakfst sandwich" and called it "brunch". It was tasty. Bagel/egg/ham and I think applesauce with a side of fruit.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 8:48 am
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Hmm, I guess I have a lot lower expectations for an airline. I am happy to get a nice meal (btw I think AS has really upped their F food) and not really all that worried about if the food is time appropriate. Its an airline, not a restaurant.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 8:58 am
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Seems with plenty of advance notice they should be able
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Old Jul 3, 19, 10:28 am
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Since the OP enjoyed his breakfast, and the operative word is enjoyed, he enjoyed his breakfast. Had they served lunch, he may not have enjoyed it. Although he may have.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 10:41 am
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Truthfully, I think breakfast is the best meal on AS, so I'd be pretty happy to get breakfast from them any time of day!
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I love breakfast any time of the day, so it wouldn’t bother me one bit
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Old Jul 3, 19, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
Is it common for Alaska to serve breakfast in the afternoon when they know hours in advance they won't be departing until around noon? Seems with plenty of advance notice they should be able to have catering switch to a lunch service instead.
Normally, this wouldn't surprise me, but you'd think if it could be corrected anywhere, it would be at SEA.

Who knows what their reasons may have been though... they may have even felt some F passengers would be upset about not receiving their pre-ordered meals if the service were modified from what was advertised.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 4:18 pm
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Originally Posted by notquiteaff View Post
I love breakfast any time of the day, so it wouldnt bother me one bit
Agree, breakfast is my preferred choice, then dinner, then picking up the rear is lunch. Not sure what lunch is other than a sandwich +/- chips.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 7:01 pm
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they may have even felt some F passengers would be upset about not receiving their pre-ordered meals if the service were modified from what was advertised.
yep; this would be me. If Id preordered a breakfast meal, Id be disappointed if it was subbed for a random lunch, even if the flight was delayed
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Old Jul 4, 19, 1:20 pm
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This "Breakfast served all day" trend at restaurants is annoying. What would really impress me is to be able to get regular food served all day. Why limit certain hours of the day to Alabama chickens and pancakes.
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Old Jul 4, 19, 5:02 pm
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I like breakfast and hate waking up in the morning so all day breakfast works well for me. I'm not sure why I shouldn't eat bacon and eggs past a certain time of day.
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Old Jul 4, 19, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
I like breakfast and hate waking up in the morning so all day breakfast works well for me.
Maybe that's why you don't know about the Seattle call center!? 😂
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Old Jul 4, 19, 7:47 pm
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Maybe that's why you don't know about the Seattle call center!? 😂
Do they go home at noon?
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