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2015 Combined AA/US Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (Consolidated)

2015 Combined AA/US Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (Consolidated)

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AA/US Domestic Dining (including Canada, Mexico, & the Caribbean)

Note: this thread is about meals served on AA-US. There is another thread for the contingent that wishes to debate and discuss linens as a primary subject, including related presentation issues: Linens / presentation debate for meal service on AA, US / both.

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Welcome to the 2015 Domestic Dining thread and the resulting discussion/trip reports/photos/shared experiences. Here, in this wiki post, I'll strive to explain what you should expect on AA flights in First and Business, meals-wise. Keep in mind that there are many domestic flights, so there are quite a few parameters to keep track of. This Wiki covers both AA and US flights, but as of September 2014, AA and US offers identical meal service domestically, so that part of the merger has its' harmonization completed.

Basically, in its' best condensed form, you should expect to receive a meal between 4:59am - 8pm on flights longer than 900 miles, which equals about two hours in the air. From that point, there are exceptions, and specific timing parameters.

What to Expect - Mainline:
Keep in mind that this list is not entirely inclusive, and there may be certain exceptions and/or abnormalities.

  • Up to 699 miles: Light snacks such as a fig bar, cookies, and/or pretzels
  • 700-899 miles: Warmed nuts, a snack plate (fruit/cheese, pita/hummus, or spinach dip/pita), and a cookie
  • 900-1298 miles: A meal (fruit/breakfast entree; salad/entree) followed by a cookie; no meals between 1:30-4pm
  • 1298-2199 miles: A full meal including an appetizer, with cake for lunch desserts and premade ice-cream for dinner desserts
  • 2200 miles and above: Same as 1298-2199 miles, but consists of made-to-order sundaes or a cheese plate for both lunch and dinner desserts

What to Expect - Regional:
Keep in mind that this list is not entirely inclusive, and there may be certain exceptions and/or abnormalities.

  • Up to 175 miles: A light snack mix along with beverage service
  • 176-899 miles: Sweet and savory, organic/healthy snack choices (snack basket)
  • 900-2199 miles: Warm mixed nuts, two meal options, and dessert. (For flights over 2200 miles, you will receive the same selection of snacks from 176-899 miles as a pre-arrival snack. All regional meal flights leaving after 8:00pm will also receive sweet and savory snacks as the only option. Editor's note: A regional jet for 2000+ miles? Hope that never happens!)

All of the meal flights that fall under the above timing parameters will receive two choices; normally, one meat and one vegetarian.

Longer westbound flights leaving from the east coast (transcontinental; non-premium) are not officially exceptions, but some flights after 8pm receive a full dinner service (such as the 8:05pm MIA-SAN flight, or the 8:30pm PHL-LAS flight). Additionally, non-premium transcontinental red-eye flights will receive snack basket service upon departure, then a continental breakfast box prior to arrival.

Official Exceptions:
The following flights all fall under 900 miles, but will receive a full meal service, with the exception of flights leaving between 1:31-4pm. Despite some of the listed flights being over 900 miles, they are remaining listed here, based on the AA website for documentation purposes.

  • Chicago (ORD) - AUS/BDL/BOS/DCA/EWR/JFK/LGA/MSY/RDU
  • Dallas (DFW) - BJX/ORD/MEX/QRO/SLP
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) - PAP
  • Los Angeles (LAX) - DEN
  • Miami (MIA) - DCA/IAD/PAP
  • New York (LGA) - ATL
  • Phoenix (PHX) - MZT

Additional Information:
  • JFK-LAX/SFO; MIA-LAX are considered premium transcontinental flights, and as such, receives a more refined service with three meal choices, per-course service, printed menus, and tray/tablecloth linens in both F/J. Those flights now are the only domestic flights in the system to offer special meals as another option (which can be reserved by either preordering online, or calling). Red-eye flights will receive a full "supper/snack" meal service, which is basically a condensed dinner service.

  • Hawaiian meal service is very similar to what you'd expect on 2200+ mile flights, but there also will be Hawaiian rolls served, along with a pre-arrival continental breakfast/snack (dependent on the length of the route). Tropical warmed nuts are also currently served.

  • All flights over 700 miles, regardless of a meal being served or not, will receive warm mixed nuts and a cookie.

Disclaimer: The editor of this Wiki does not guarantee the information presented above will always be accurate or properly followed by AA, given catering mishaps, irregular operations, rogue crews, or mismanagement. For the best up-to-date information, it would be prudent to check AA's website constantly for any updates, or call AA. The editors of this Wiki will keep this Wiki updated as often as possible.

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Old Apr 21, 15, 10:35 am
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Excited to see an entree salad option on my lunch flight from ORD-DFW next month (on the 788)! I hate beets and goat cheese (as well as fruit in salads), so unfortunately will not be choosing this salad....but wanted to share the update


Chilled Chicken Salad
With pears, roasted beets and goat cheese

Kale and Spinach Ravioli
With Mediterranean tomato sauce

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Old Apr 21, 15, 3:41 pm
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Wow! Both those options look good. pmAA had a pear & beet salad that was SO good. This offering reminds of that! I am excited to try it if I get offered it on an upcoming flight!
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Old Apr 21, 15, 4:01 pm
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They sound good, though lets hope that presentation isn't as bad as it currently is.

Upcoming flights for me all have the nasty chicken piccata or tortellini options.
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Old Apr 21, 15, 10:01 pm
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Originally Posted by FriendlySkies View Post
Upcoming flights for me all have the nasty chicken piccata or tortellini options.
Same. In both directions of the same route. Five days apart.
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Old Apr 22, 15, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by AANYC1981 View Post
Excited to see an entree salad option on my lunch flight from DFW-ORD next month (on the 788)! I hate beets and goat cheese (as well as fruit in salads), so unfortunately will not be choosing this salad....but wanted to share the update


Chilled Chicken Salad
With pears, roasted beets and goat cheese

Kale and Spinach Ravioli
With Mediterranean tomato sauce
Originally Posted by UAPremierGuy View Post
Wow! Both those options look good. pmAA had a pear & beet salad that was SO good. This offering reminds of that! I am excited to try it if I get offered it on an upcoming flight!
Originally Posted by FriendlySkies View Post
They sound good, though lets hope that presentation isn't as bad as it currently is.

Upcoming flights for me all have the nasty chicken piccata or tortellini options.
Sounds promising! Looking forward to the May 1st changes and seeing if they pan out as well as they describe.
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Old Apr 23, 15, 3:41 pm
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May dinner flight MCO - LAX is showing the Chicken Piccata with Asiago risotto and green and wax beans or the Artichoke Ravioli with a smoked Gouda sauce topped with roasted red peppers.
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Old Apr 23, 15, 8:33 pm
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Wonder if they are going to replace the crappy continental breakfast box on the non-JFK transcon red eyes. I really much prefer UA's warm scone on arrival and it's probably cheaper than that box. Last flight it was stored in such a cold location that the yogurt smoothie was frozen solid.
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Old Apr 24, 15, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by _kurt View Post
Thanks for posting that! It's a big improvement from how the oatmeal was served to me last month, and IMHO restoration to 2013 service levels.
1) Fresh berries instead of dried
2) Brown sugar in dish instead of plastic cup
3) Carton of milk provided, vs none

I wonder if this is systemwide or just on transcons?
I had this same meal YYC-PHX last weekend. The only difference is the fresh berries were already in the oatmeal (and there were a ton of them).
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Old Apr 24, 15, 9:06 am
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Gorgonzola Crusted Beef Fillet on yesterday's 1535 delayed to 1735 JFK-SFO:



Appetizer and salad:


No menus due to aircraft change/mechanical.
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Old Apr 24, 15, 2:13 pm
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Received linens on all F US flights so far. And PDBs
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Old Apr 26, 15, 11:34 pm
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Is it possible that there is now only one transcon J dinner menu, and that the same menu is used in both directions? I have now had exactly the same menu three times... salmon/tuna starter, salad with strawberries and nuts, choice of beef/chicken/mushroom. It's a pretty good menu but it's getting old.
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Old Apr 27, 15, 6:32 am
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Originally Posted by SJC AA View Post
Is it possible that there is now only one transcon J dinner menu, and that the same menu is used in both directions? I have now had exactly the same menu three times... salmon/tuna starter, salad with strawberries and nuts, choice of beef/chicken/mushroom. It's a pretty good menu but it's getting old.
Definitely possible that it's being used in both directions. I've had this start happening to me on non-transcons.
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Old Apr 27, 15, 8:06 am
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Originally Posted by UAPremierGuy View Post
Received linens (covering the tray table) last week for breakfast DEN-ORD.
Flew ORD > SEA last week - linens were used, but only by the FA to cover the cart as she served from it.
Quite possibly the most apathetic crew I've ever seen: no PDB, sat for the first hour in the jumpseat, served drinks and lunch from the cart, did not come through once to offer refills. I had to ring the call button twice to get refills (which I don't mind doing with lazy FAs).

On the return , linens were used, but to cover the tray table. I was hoping to see them back on the trays themselves. I've never really seen any value in covering the tray table with a linen, and then plopping down a gross hospital cafeteria tray down with slop on it.
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Old Apr 27, 15, 8:38 am
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I must say that I have flown F on US three times now and their FAs were much more consistent with PDBs and service.
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