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American Airlines will soon let you pre-order meals on regional flights

Feb. 19, 2020
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American Airlines will soon let you pre-order meals on regional flights
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American Airlines' premium-cabin passengers will be able to pre-order their meals on more flights starting next month.

Beginning March 11, American will expand its pre-order option to include American Eagle flights that have a first-class cabin and fly on routes of 900 miles or more.

American said the move will make it the first airline to allow passengers to pre-order meals on both regional and mainline routes.

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“Ordering meals in advance is important to our customers, and we’re excited to bring this option to more flights,” Raphael Girardoni, American's managing director of food and beverage services, said in a statement. “The culinary experience is an important part of travel that we will continue to invest in.”

The addition of applicable American Eagle flights mean there will be almost 1,900 daily departures in American's network that allow for pre-ordering meals.

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According to the airline, pre-order options on American Eagle flights will include a charcuterie plate, a Tex-Mex salad with adobo chicken, a Mediterranean turkey club sandwich, hot smoked salmon with everything-bagel seasoned potato salad and curried chicken salad on a croissant.

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For longer-haul flights, American will also update the Flagship First and Business food offerings on March 11. Departures from the U.S. to South American and Europe will include a chicken cobb salad on the pre-order menu, and the return flights will offer a charcuterie plate.

American's expansion of the pre-order meal program come as rivals Delta and United have also recently tweaked their programs. In November, Delta extended the ordering window — allowing passengers to select their meals 21 days in advance, up from just a few days before departure. And late last year, United began allowing its premium passengers to pre-order meals on select flights.

More: The 10 longest (and 10 shortest) American Airlines flights

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