In general I’m not a fan of their food efforts, and the new name of the game is ‘simplicity’.
What’s been a great option, though, is pre-ordering special meals which have been surprisingly good. In fact I couldn’t quite understand the generosity of this investment.
If you’re booked into first class at least 24 hour prior to flight you can choose your meal. I’ve really enjoyed the Muslim meals.
When pre-ordering you have the two options that would normally be on the flight, special meals, and cheese plates and now a charcuterie plate which is pretty good.
I told you that ‘simplicity’ was the direction American was headed with their catering, and I’ve also written that the option to pick a good meal seemed too generous. So it shouldn’t surprise that there are significant cutbacks in the special meal program. (HT: @xJonNYC)
Special Meals(SPML)- Diabetic(DBML), Asian Vegetarian(AVML), Hindu(HNML), Muslim(MOML), Gluten Free(GFML), Vegan(VGML)
- Above listed main pre-order meals from domestic stations will receive standardized and frozen pre-prepared meals. Meals will have a one year frozen shelf life
- Salads and appetizers are prepared fresh by the local caterer
- Steaks that have appeared for DBML meals will mostly switch to a pre-prepared chicken entree
- Asian Vegetarian (AVML), Hindu (HNML), Muslim (MOML) all receive the same meal. If not the pre-prepared meal, they’re made to the same basic menu requirements
The Asian Vegetarian, Hindu, and Muslim meals are all the same thing, they just list the options separately. No more meat, then, with Muslim meals. The diabetic meal won’t get steak anymore, now it’s chicken. And meals will be frozen rather than fresh with a one year shelf life. Yum!