American Regional Jet Meal Service and Exceptions Announced

Last Fall, there was quite a flurry over American’s meal service. First they totally gutted the service, and then began to add back in some of the popular things they took away.

Now, American has published on their website some specifics on their regional jet meal service.

  • Flights up to 175 miles (under 1 hour) will receive a light snack mix and beverage
  • Flights from 176-899 miles (1-2:30 hours) will receive an assortment of sweet and savory snacks that include options that are Gluten Free, Organic, All Natural, and/or Kosher plus other healthy choices.
  • Flights from 900-2199 miles (2:30-4:30 hours) will receive warmed mixed nuts, followed by a choice of 2 meal options, including a dessert, is served on most flights (between 5a and 8p). On flights over 2,200 miles and over 4:30 hours, you’ll also receive a selection of sweet and savory snack options prior to arrival.

Exception Routes

American has several exception markets that don’t fit into the criteria above that still warrant a full or modified service.

  • Chicago (ORD) and Hartford (BDL), Newark (EWR) and New Orleans (MSY)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Leon, Mexico (BJX), San Luis Potosi, Mexico (SLP) and Queretaro, Mexico (QRO)
  • Atlanta (ATL) and New York LaGuardia (LGA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Denver (DEN)
  • Phoenix (PHX) and Mazatlan, Mexico (MZT)

You can read my review of a recent barbecue dinner on American Eagle between La Guardia and Atlanta here.

My Take

I’m a bit confused by some of the exception routes – namely those out of Dallas and Phoenix – but am happy to see a published benefit of what is to be received. I find American Eagle meals MUCH better than those served on the mainline. In fact, they are usually the “traditional” meals served prior to the changes to the program on September 1, 2014.

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