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Combined 2019 AA Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (master thread)

Combined 2019 AA Domestic Meal / Meals - menu / photos / etc. (master thread)

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Originally Posted by MrAndy1369 View Post
Introduction
Welcome to the 2019 version of the combined AA meals thread, focusing on domestic service. Please post your meal/service experiences, including menus, photos, reports, questions, and service anecdotes.

To help give us a clear picture of your experience, remember to include the route, time, and meal designation (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, refreshments, none). Photos are welcome and very helpful. Those are rudimentary guidelines, but of course, the format/style is up to you.

Format Sample
This is a format you can use when introducing your meal report. This is just a sample format; deviations are expected.

AA1: JFK-LAX: 3pm
Dinner
A321
First Class, 2A

(from here, share the menu and/or experiences and/or photos)

Historical Meal Reports
Throwback mode? Go crazy! For the 2019 International Meals thread, click here.

Enjoy!
Welcome to the 2019 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!)
American Eagle flights do not offer pre-ordering of meals.

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.

  • At this time, pre-ordered meals are not available on American Eagle flights.

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.

Thanks to MrAndy1369 for starting the thread and for the guidelines.
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Old Jan 17, 19, 7:45 pm
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Looking at AA# 460 PHL-PHX leaves at 835PM and all it says is refreshments, so is this a lite bit flight, snack basket or cookie and drink service?
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Old Jan 18, 19, 4:46 am
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Looking at AA# 460 PHL-PHX leaves at 835PM and all it says is refreshments, so is this a lite bit flight, snack basket or cookie and drink service?
Hard to believe I know but food offerings IME have varied on evening (post-meal services hours) to the WC from PHL. For the most part, I've had both nuts and cookie service although on a few flights, I've been given the choice of cookies or nuts. This mirrors the 20:35 flight meal service BOSORD, which usually doesn't depart until at least 21:00.
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Breakfast sandwich on DCA-DFW. FAs served PDBs, came around with tray of water, OK and coffee but also accommodated other requests.



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Dinner: Hindu meal on DFW-DCA. Hard to see but in the shade was a yummy piece of cheesecake. Was also offered bread choice and cookies served after trays were cleared. FAs served PDB of choice.




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Current Meal Offering for JFK/SFO on 2/15/2019 2652 (Transcon First):

Beef Filet
sautéed mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, honey-glazed carrots

Grilled Pepper Chicken
tomato ragoût, sweet potatoes, haricots verts, pearl onions

Katsu-Style Cod
Japanese steamed rice, sautéed spinach, katsu sauce

Root Vegetable Quinoa
roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, tomato compote

I have selected the Chicken and will report back with photos then.
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Here's a diabetic meal breakfast departing from PHL. Omelette with some kind of vegetable salsa inside, with a lunch meat type turkey, sauteed mushrooms and grilled tomatoes.

Overall pretty good, but with an odd hiccups--it was served cold, as it was on an E-175. Still pretty tasting, considering, and the flight attendant offered me one of the other meals if I preferred.

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Originally Posted by CHOPCHOP767 View Post
Hard to believe I know but food offerings IME have varied on evening (post-meal services hours) to the WC from PHL. For the most part, I've had both nuts and cookie service although on a few flights, I've been given the choice of cookies or nuts. This mirrors the 20:35 flight meal service BOSORD, which usually doesn't depart until at least 21:00.
I knew pre merger the flight would get a Dinner.
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Originally Posted by FlightNurse View Post
I knew pre merger the flight would get a Dinner.
And pre-merger, we'd be routed via ORD or DFW; now all my connections these days ex-BOS are either PHL or CLT... But, on the bright side FlightNurse, at least you'll get a PDB
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And pre-merger, we'd be routed via ORD or DFW; now all my connections these days ex-BOS are either PHL or CLT... But, on the bright side FlightNurse, at least you'll get a PDB
Pre-Merger the PHL-PHX was a non stop flight since it was a US flight, and continues as a non stop flight. Yeah for PDB since I'm sure it's a LUS crew on the route.
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SJD-PHX
A320
MCE
No pretzels or cookies available, no snack boxes (despite the menu saying flights over 700 miles get it and this flight is almost 800 miles)

PHX-JFK
738 AVOD
Dinner
No PDB whatsoever

Chicken in mushroom sauce



Strawberry ice cream for dessert

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Originally Posted by AANYC1981 View Post
SJD-PHX
A320
MCE
No pretzels or cookies available, no snack boxes (despite the menu saying flights over 700 miles get it and this flight is almost 800 miles)

PHX-JFK
738 AVOD
Dinner
No PDB whatsoever

Chicken in mushroom sauce



Strawberry ice cream for dessert

How was it? Looks like a good meal actually
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How was it? Looks like a good meal actually
it was good.....I have it again this weekend PHX-ORD on the 788 and am sticking with this option.
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Breakfast sandwich on DCA-DFW. FAs served PDBs, came around with tray of water, OK and coffee but also accommodated other requests.
I'm going to try the asian veg breakfast DCA-DFW next week... lets see how it compares! (probably a bagel?)
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Has anyone else recently had a flight where there was no option to order a special meal? I am flying LAX-BNA in a few weeks. It is a lunch flight and the option to reserve an Asian Chopped Salad, Hamburger, or a Fruit and Cheese Plate is available but no special meals. I called last night to see if they could put the order in for me but the system wouldn't accept the request.
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Originally Posted by Brooke.E View Post
Has anyone else recently had a flight where there was no option to order a special meal? I am flying LAX-BNA in a few weeks. It is a lunch flight and the option to reserve an Asian Chopped Salad, Hamburger, or a Fruit and Cheese Plate is available but no special meals. I called last night to see if they could put the order in for me but the system wouldn't accept the request.
I do not have experience and am certainly hoping this is an IT issue and not a situation whereby special meal service is being reduced. The quality and quantity of the special meals IME is far superior to the standard grub.

Glad the agent was “going for great” and helpful
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