Fly2Travel shares details on the new American-US Airways meals service going into effect September 1.
For US Airways flyers this marks an improvement over what they had before the merger. And unsurprisingly, this is less generous than what American flyers have been used to.
US Airways got this as their new standard on April 1. (The previous cutoff had been 3.5 hours.) About 40% more flights, or 126 flights a day, saw meal service at US Airways.
American is going to reduce service to this metric starting September 1.
Here’s a chart of meal service offerings, and of cities that are ‘exception markets’ — city pairs that wouldn’t get meals based on the new standards but for competitive reasons will see food anyway (flights to and from competitor hubs, where the competitor offers meals for instance and key business markets).
You can determine what service you’ll receive based on the flight length/distance and the flight’s departure time.
Here are the markets that are getting more substantial service than the standard chart would allow.
Tampa and Ft Lauderdale were included in the list for JFK flights, even though those flights are not currently scheduled. And until I landed in Fort Lauderdale late last month on a delayed flight with more than 20 people connecting on to Port au Prince I had no idea that American even operated the route (as opposed to just flying to Haiti from Miami).
Ultimately sad to see the direction that American meal service is going but also good to know what to expect. And I haven’t enjoyed the meals over the past year as much as in the prior year anyway so I don’t place this all at the feet of new management in any case.