At the beginning of April I reported that American Airlines would be bringing back entree salads as a lunch choice on flights between 2 hours 45 minutes (1000 miles) and 4.5 hours effective May 1.
This was a popular offering prior to September when American and US Airways synced up their meal times, and moved their catering options closer to the US Airways standard. This was a very bad change.
I was flying a ton of American domestic flights (with pretty much a 100% upgrade success rate) in April, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I wound up on a lunch flight with the new May catering.
Here’s the salad, with goat cheese, apples, and nuts and a vinaigrette dressing.
For dessert I was given a choice of a cheesecake or the cookie. And since American fixed the cookie, that’s what I chose.
One Mile at a Time likes the salads, too. I think his salad looked better — with cherry tomatoes, eggs, blue cheese and beef rather than chicken. But that’s also the point, the salads are different, it’s not the same exact option every time (inedible mystery beef or pasta).
Passengers now also get real plated snacks now instead of the ‘lite bites’ basket in domestic first. These look quite good, certainly compared to the inedible shrink wrapped sandwiches of old.
Here’s the thing.
- This isn’t ‘great food’ it is US domestic first class food.
- It isn’t as good as what American used to serve. If that’s your standard, you’ll be disappointed.
- But it’s much better than what they’ve been serving the last 8 months.
I’ve been skipping the meal service most of the time of late, I’d rather work straight through anyway. But I’ll take them up on the salads.