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Coronavirus Reduced Inflight Food and Beverage Restrictions as of 03/2020 and changes

Old Mar 26, 20, 10:45 pm
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As of 9/21:

Flights under 900 miles
  • Water, canned drinks and juice by request only
  • No snacks, alcohol or food available in the Main Cabin
  • Alcohol available in First by request only
Flights between 900 and 2,199 miles / up to 4.5 hours

In the Main Cabin includes Premium Economy and Main Cabin Extra

  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and bottled water during boarding*
  • No snacks, alcohol or food for purchase
  • Water, canned drinks and juice by request only

In First:

  • Complimentary fresh snacks on flights departing between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.*
  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and bottled water during boarding*
  • Drinks, including alcohol, by request only
  • No drinks served before departure
*Not available on American Eagle flights.

Flights over 2,200 miles* / over 4.5 hours

In the Main Cabin includes Premium Economy and Main Cabin Extra

  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and water, canned drinks or juice during the flight
  • No snacks or food for purchase
  • No alcohol or meals except on long-haul international flights

In First and Business:

  • Complimentary fresh snacks on flights departing between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and water, canned drinks or juice during the flight
  • Meals served on one tray, not in courses**
  • No drinks served before departure
  • Alcohol will be available
*Includes transcontinental and Hawaii.

**Some domestic and short-haul international flights will include a fruit and cheese plate instead of tray meal service and will also have snack basket service before landing.

cmd320 notation (unofficial): the 2,200mi + section for F and J is a bit misleading. Domestic flights within the continental US other than premium transcons (JFK-LAX/SFO, MIA-LAX on 77W) do not receive a full meal and instead only see a sandwich/fruit and cheese plate.

fly747first notation (official) MIA LAX on 772 receives full meal and amenities as Flagship Business except for lounge access


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Coronavirus Reduced Inflight Food and Beverage Restrictions as of 03/2020 and changes

Old Sep 3, 21, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by ISTFlyer View Post
Has anyone flown DFW-FAI or ORD-FAI recently in First Class or does anyone know what they serve on those two 2500+ mile Alaska routes?
Would American serve an hot meal on those flights or is it the Fresh Bite boxes that are being served?

Thank you.
No hot meal on these routes. I flew ORD ANC last month and this was what I received (Fresh Bites box contents, but displayed on a tray):




I flew FAI ORD on the return and the only offering on the red eye was a snack basket. Very underwhelming.
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Old Sep 3, 21, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post
No hot meal on these routes. I flew ORD ANC last month and this was what I received (Fresh Bites box contents, but displayed on a tray):




I flew FAI ORD on the return and the only offering on the red eye was a snack basket. Very underwhelming.
I'm assuming that because it's over 900 miles you got the snack basket either:
1. Because of a miscater
2. AA doesn't have catering at FAI and since the items are not shelve stable the return flight was just snack basket. Does ORD/FAI RON?
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Old Sep 3, 21, 11:07 am
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Originally Posted by MiamiAirport Formerly NY George View Post
I'm assuming that because it's over 900 miles you got the snack basket either:
1. Because of a miscater
2. AA doesn't have catering at FAI and since the items are not shelve stable the return flight was just snack basket. Does ORD/FAI RON?
3. AA does not give a rats a$$ about AK routes and the pax on them.

These people are headed out to the wilderness, let them get some practice in foraging for nuts and berries on this flight!
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Old Sep 3, 21, 5:19 pm
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Originally Posted by MiamiAirport Formerly NY George View Post
I'm assuming that because it's over 900 miles you got the snack basket either:
1. Because of a miscater
2. AA doesn't have catering at FAI and since the items are not shelve stable the return flight was just snack basket. Does ORD/FAI RON?
3. FAI-ORD departs after 9pm and doesn't qualify for fresh food. There is an exception for late-night departures from ANC but not FAI.
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Old Sep 5, 21, 3:38 am
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Any update on the rumored return of more normal long haul F and J service?
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Old Sep 5, 21, 9:00 am
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Anyone know what kind of meal I should expect in F on an afternoon SEA-PHX flight? And am I right in assuming no meal on the PHX-JFK redeye?
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Old Sep 5, 21, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by KSVVZ2015 View Post
Any update on the rumored return of more normal long haul F and J service?
AA just keeps saying "fall." DL just brought back glassware on 9/1 for domestic D1 flights.
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Old Sep 5, 21, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by fly747first View Post
AA just keeps saying "fall." DL just brought back glassware on 9/1 for domestic D1 flights.
I believe that was when the mask mandate was meant to be removed. Now all bets are off and I doubt we see any meaningful change in service until the spring.
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Old Sep 5, 21, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by ORDflyer92 View Post
I believe that was when the mask mandate was meant to be removed. Now all bets are off and I doubt we see any meaningful change in service until the spring.
Id say 2022 summer at the very earliest.
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Old Sep 5, 21, 1:59 pm
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Originally Posted by ORDflyer92 View Post
I believe that was when the mask mandate was meant to be removed. Now all bets are off and I doubt we see any meaningful change in service until the spring.
Mask mandate was 9/13 so not a directly correlation.
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Old Sep 6, 21, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post
PHX-OGG today in First.
Same for DEN-CLT
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Old Sep 6, 21, 6:17 am
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Anyone notice the new plastic cups being offered? Theyre 1/2 the size and flimsy that they crack if squeezed ever so slightly.
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Old Sep 6, 21, 12:18 pm
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Originally Posted by safari ari View Post
Anyone notice the new plastic cups being offered? Theyre 1/2 the size and flimsy that they crack if squeezed ever so slightly.
Yup, sad.

Good thing they are protecting us from that dangerous glassware.
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Old Sep 6, 21, 11:42 pm
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We got this on DFW-SJD on September 4th. I also had a couple of beverages (not pictured). Not the best meal ever, but certainly exceeded my expectations.
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Old Sep 7, 21, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by TravelForum View Post

We got this on DFW-SJD on September 4th. I also had a couple of beverages (not pictured). Not the best meal ever, but certainly exceeded my expectations.
The Bright yellow "Protein" Label on the sandwich is very classy!
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