Meal service on a 9:40 departure [to IAD]

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Old Jul 16, 17, 12:26 pm
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Meal service on a 9:40 departure [to IAD]

Hello. I'm flying BA217 from LHR-IAD in Club World. It's a 9:40 departure. Will the main meal be breakfast or lunch? I wasn't sure what time BA starts serving lunch and couldn't find anything online or on my itinerary.
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Old Jul 16, 17, 12:29 pm
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Not 100% sure but I think the cutoff for breakfast is usually flights scheduled for 0930 or earlier
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Old Jul 16, 17, 12:31 pm
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Was on this flight recently in F and it was a lunch service. Presume it would be the same in CW?
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Old Jul 16, 17, 1:58 pm
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Should be lunch and afternoon tea if I remember correctly.
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I flew two weeks ago AA metal flight from LHR to DFW AA51 with departure time of 9:15am. Immediately after departure a full lunch service was offered with no breakfast option at all.
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Old Jul 16, 17, 2:12 pm
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I flew two weeks ago AA metal flight from LHR to DFW AA51 with departure time of 9:15am. Immediately after departure a full lunch service was offered with no breakfast option at all.
I had the option of an AA LHR-ORD flight departing at 8:40 and it was a breakfast flight. That being said, I'd guess the cutoff times for meals on AA are different from BA.
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I think it's just BA117 to JFK that has a brunch option departing LHR, thereafter it's lunch for everything else. Certainly my recent LGW-FLL service, which leaves at 09:25, was lunch plus afternoon tea (including scones). BA117 leaves around 08:30 and is usually the first BA longhaul service of the day, SEA follows at 09:15 approx (and that I believe is lunch). AA run a couple of early services to Chicago, notably one at 07:45 which gets into Chicago at 10:20, which is handy for some itineraries.

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I flew this last week. It's lunch.
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Given that normally you have 30 minutes of taxi time and an hour before the starter is served (at best these days, it was nearly two hours in F to IAD the other day), people will probably have been awake for like five hours before starting their meal on the plane. Most people will have opted to have a substantial breakfast at home/at the airport.

Given that (on both AA and BA), breakfast flights are by far the worst meal offerings, I wouldn't complain at the early changeover to lunch.
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Originally Posted by yuripa87 View Post
I flew this last week. It's lunch.


We've used BA217 many times over the years - always lunch.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 4:58 am
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Given that (on both AA and BA), breakfast flights are by far the worst meal offerings, I wouldn't complain at the early changeover to lunch.
I agree. I assume there is wine on offer with lunch so that would be a bonus. I have a booking on a 9.40AM flight from LHR to New York and I too hope that lunch will be served rather than breakfast.
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I agree. I assume there is wine on offer with lunch so that would be a bonus. I have a booking on a 9.40AM flight from LHR to New York and I too hope that lunch will be served rather than breakfast.
That flight will also be lunch. I think the only long-haul flight with breakfast service as the first meal FROM LHR is the first JFK departure (8:20 AM or so).

One note though, alcohol is always on full offer on any flight regardless of meal served.
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Old Jul 17, 17, 6:56 am
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Given that (on both AA and BA), breakfast flights are by far the worst meal offerings, I wouldn't complain at the early changeover to lunch.
No complaints here. I know people debate the AA vs. BA J cabin incessantly (and AA usually wins), I selected BA over AA because (thanks to FT) I've confirmed the BA flight will be a lunch service, whereas the earlier AA flight will have breakfast. Eating a boring omelette and some cut fruit seems like such a waste on a premium flight. Thanks everyone.
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