American to Offer Free Inflight Meals in Main Cabin Onboard Select Transcon Flights

Premium dining on an American Airlines 777-300ER from Dallas to Hong Kong (Photo: Alex Navitsky)

Fort Worth-based American Airlines will begin free meal service for Main Cabin passengers traveling on select transcontinental A321T flights.

American operates a unique Airbus A321T fleet designed with an international first class configuration on flights from New York-JFK and Boston to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The fleet features fully lie-flat seats in both first and business classes. The fleet also features inflight entertainment and power outlets at each seat throughout the cabin.

First class seating on American Airlines’ A321T (Photo: Ryan Ewing)

American’s VP of Global Marketing, Fernand Fernandez, said, “Some of our best customers fly our trans-continental routes and we want to give them a top-notch onboard experience. Providing complimentary meals in the Main Cabin is yet another step we’re taking to enhance our service in this competitive market.”

The Main Cabin meals will begin on May 1, 2017 on flights operating between Los Angeles and New York, as well as between San Francisco and New York.

The meals will be orientated around the time of day and include continental breakfast or a boxed meal with a sandwich wrap, kettle chips, and a dessert for lunch and dinner. Vegetarian options, as well as a fruit and cheese plate, will be available.

Currently, Delta Air Lines is the only U.S. carrier to offer dining options on transcontinental flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York-JFK. Breakfast is served between 5:00 a.m. and 8:59 a.m. on flights over 3 hours of flight time. Lunch and dinner is served between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on flights over 3 hours.

Matthew Garcia

Matthew Garcia

Matthew Garcia became interested in aviation at the age of 12 when he installed Microsoft Flight Simulator X on his computer. He was instantly "bitten by the bug" and has been in love with aviation ever since. Matthew took his first introductory flight in 2013 and began normal flight training in February of 2015. Over the years, Matthew's love and knowledge for aviation has grown tremendously, mainly due to FSX. Garcia flies highly advanced aircraft in a professional manner on a highly complex virtual air traffic network simulating real world flying. In 2016 Matthew achieved his private pilot certificate from the FAA. Now he studies journalism at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Matthew Garcia