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2017 Combined AA Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (master thread)

2017 Combined AA Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (master thread)

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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 2017 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.

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 Mar 30, 17, 4:56 pm
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Hi All, I haven't flown AA in several years and not domestic in even longer. I'm just wondering what to expect on a 2.30pm departure from Mia to phl in first?
AA 1907? Details window on the aa.com booking page says lunch. So I am guessing standard lunch - nuts, choice from two hot entrees, side salad, bread basket and some sort of dessert.

And good work snagging the A330. ^
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Old Mar 31, 17, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by dll View Post

I flew BOS-LAX two weeks back, 6h45m worth of flight time, and for lunch they served the Vietnamese "noodle" salad that consisted of undercooked rice noodles, in a dish, with a few scattered vegetables and...on the side, this salad dressing. ...? That's not a meal, it's prison slop. That was the meal served on, literally, their single longest transcon route.
Care to explain how you know first hand what prison slop looks like? Now, is that meal what should be served on a 6+ hour flight, no, I wish airlines would look at flights time and serve correct meals. Also on a 6 hour + flight the meal shouldn't be served on one tray, but in courses.
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Old Mar 31, 17, 4:02 am
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Originally Posted by arlflyer View Post
AA 1907? Details window on the aa.com booking page says lunch. So I am guessing standard lunch - nuts, choice from two hot entrees, side salad, bread basket and some sort of dessert.

And good work snagging the A330. ^
thanks, we will be rushing to the airport so may not have time to eat before flight.
i have the A321 as the aircraft, it would be great if it changed to A330 though
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Old Mar 31, 17, 5:24 am
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i have the A321 as the aircraft, it would be great if it changed to A330 though
Ah interesting, for the dates I checked they had the 330 on that route, hopefully you get so lucky!
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Old Mar 31, 17, 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by Andi28 View Post
thanks, we will be rushing to the airport so may not have time to eat before flight.
i have the A321 as the aircraft, it would be great if it changed to A330 though
Lunch is definitely one hot entree and then one cold entree salad.
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Old Mar 31, 17, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by FlightNurse View Post
Care to explain how you know first hand what prison slop looks like? Now, is that meal what should be served on a 6+ hour flight, no, I wish airlines would look at flights time and serve correct meals. Also on a 6 hour + flight the meal shouldn't be served on one tray, but in courses.
I've got history. No, seriously, when I was in high school one of our field trips - remarkably - was to the medium security federal prison near our town. I think it was a "don't try this at home kids" scare tactic. Once I saw the food, and the bathroom situation I was committed to a life of legal compliance.
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Old Apr 2, 17, 1:11 pm
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So now that Hector is heading towards retirement, replaced by Jill Surdek, should we anticipate any significant changes to in-flight service? At the very least, perhaps the replacement of tan linens?

With yesterday's rollout of Alessi serviceware, Delta really is leaps and bounds ahead of AA:

http://news.delta.com/delta-introduc...are-30000-feet
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Old Apr 2, 17, 8:53 pm
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Originally Posted by AAEmpireState View Post
So now that Hector is heading towards retirement, replaced by Jill Surdek, should we anticipate any significant changes to in-flight service? At the very least, perhaps the replacement of tan linens?

With yesterday's rollout of Alessi serviceware, Delta really is leaps and bounds ahead of AA:

http://news.delta.com/delta-introduc...are-30000-feet
Indeed. Looks like the mugs hold more than the one swallow of liquid that AA's do.

Looking forward to some fresh blood on the catering side. Hector may have been dealt a poor hand (lower budget) but he certainly played it badly.
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Old Apr 2, 17, 11:48 pm
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Originally Posted by AAEmpireState View Post
So now that Hector is heading towards retirement, replaced by Jill Surdek, should we anticipate any significant changes to in-flight service? At the very least, perhaps the replacement of tan linens?

With yesterday's rollout of Alessi serviceware, Delta really is leaps and bounds ahead of AA:

http://news.delta.com/delta-introduc...are-30000-feet
only is the budget has been increased
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Old Apr 3, 17, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by AAEmpireState View Post
at the very least, perhaps the replacement of tan linens?

With yesterday's rollout of Alessi serviceware, Delta really is leaps and bounds ahead of AA:

Before you go swooning over DL, do you know they use tan linens in F too?

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Old Apr 3, 17, 10:02 am
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Before you go swooning over DL, do you know they use tan linens in F too?
Wrong.
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Originally Posted by cmd320 View Post
Wrong.
Not sure what world you live in
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Old Apr 3, 17, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by arlflyer View Post
AA 1907? Details window on the aa.com booking page says lunch. So I am guessing standard lunch - nuts, choice from two hot entrees, side salad, bread basket and some sort of dessert.

And good work snagging the A330. ^
Be careful what you wish for. I used to think this too.

Then I had a streak of consistent delays on PHL-MCO and PHL-MIA on A330s. They're back to the more reasonable policy of A321 on the routes.

Seriously the delays of the A330s when they were doing PHL-BOS, PHL-MCO, and PHL-MIA were pretty bad. Which is sad, because like you, I vastly prefer them too, economy or first.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 4:04 pm
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Yeah, fair enough. Last one I was one had the radio go out; delayed us a good hour. But I get plenty of mechanical delays on other aircraft, and at least the seat was nice to sit in on the tarmac.
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Originally Posted by DataPlumber View Post
Not sure what world you live in
The current one. DL introduced white table linens and napkins with the new serviceware.
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