American Airlines will “enhance” onboard meal service in several areas next month, but breakfast in economy class will actually improve.
Citing an internal memo, View from the Wing reported several negative changes to AA catering set to kick in soon. Those include exchanging filet of beef for short ribs, reducing appetizers choices on some routes, and nixing garnishes.
But the one change that caught my eye was the following:
- Long haul economy second meal service – which may be a breakfast box or a tray setup today – gets replaced by a breakfast bag containing yogurt, low sugar granola, and a blueberry fig bar.
That struck me as a rather draconian cut to economy class meal service. Are hot breakfasts on routes to Asia and Australia really going away? Because even with a mid-flight snack, I’m usually ready for a substantial meal prior to landing.
I asked an AA spokesperson if the reduced breakfast would be systemwide on long-haul flights and was told:
It will only be on eastbound Europe and southbound Latin America flights, replacing the current box.
I was also provided details on what the new breakfast bag will include:
- Chobani Smooth Yogurt – 90 calories, 11g of sugar, 8g protein, no high fructose corn syrup, no GMOs
- The current yogurt is significantly higher in calories and sugar
- Wildway Grain Free Granola – 150 calories, no GMOs, Gluten Free, sweetener free, oil-free, vegan
- AA is the first airline to carry
- Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar, 110 calories, no high-fructose corn syrup, 0 trans fat, no GMOs
Thus, it seems to me this is actually an improvement in economy class breakfast.
There’s no good reason airlines cannot offer healthier food onboard in all cabins of service, but especially economy class. I’m glad that American Airlines will offer a healthier breakfast on flights to Europe or Latin America.