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Snack Baskets Will Be a Common Sight on American Airlines and US Airways

Gary Leff at View from the Wing wrote a post yesterday stating that Meals Will Disappear from American First Class on Many Flights Starting September 1.

Gary points out that –

Effective April 1 they changed the cutoff for meals from flights of 3.5 hours or longer to those of 1000 nautical miles or greater which they said equated to flights of ~ 2 hours 45 minutes.

That meant about 40% more US Airways flights would be seeing meals in domestic first class — or an increase of 126 flights a day.

Thus, snack baskets will be a common sight on American Airlines and US Airways. If you’re a frequent flier like me, I absolutely dislike flights that only serve a snack basket. I’d rather have a cold or hot fulfilling meal on a plane. Gary also wrote a post on Why US Airways elites are hungry.

Here is the current snack basket situation on US Airways:

US Airways offers Sea Salt Kettle Chips, Snyder’s Mini Pretzels, cookies, and nuts. I don’t know about you, but I’ll need to eat three items just to fill me up.

You can actually ask for the buy on board items from the coach cabin. In this case I asked the flight attendant for cranberry nut mix and she was delighted to fetch it for me.

Here is the current snack basket situation on American Airlines:

American Airlines offers Garrett’s Popcorn, key lime cookies, granola bars, and whole fruit.

While I’m sad to see a majority of short-haul meals go away, I’ll have to learn to love the snack basket.

How do you feel about snack basket flights?


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