American’s First Class Meal Order Changing

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In another standardization move to integrate process with US Airways, we will see American’s first class meal order changing on September 1.

AA's meal service will not likely include homemade cookies in old and new livery styles.

AA’s meal service will not likely include homemade cookies in old and new livery styles.

Long-time flyers have grown used to sayings like “odd kids sit at the back of the bus” or “FEBO” (front even, back odd) to remember the order that meal preferences are taken on flights (which until now has been from front to back on even-numbered flights and back to front on odd-numbered flights.

The new method, beginning on September 1, looks like this:

When an aircraft flight involves a change of time zones, take meal preferences:

. . . Eastbound:  from forward / front to aft /back
. . . Westbound:  from aft to forward

If the flight does not involve a change of any time zones, take meal preferences:

. . . Southbound:  from forward to aft
. . . Northbound:  from aft to forward

It will now be necessary to remember new mnemonic devices to keep these straight.

May we suggest:

     We Need Beverages  (west and north from the back)  * HT to my friend Ray Watson for that one

     Everyone Served Food  (east and south from the front)

(Of course that second one is somewhat funny in light of the new premium meal changes enhancements I announced last month!)

First (and business) class meals can still be preordered as well as early as 30 days in advance of the flight and up to 24 hours prior.  That is still the best first class meal order method if you have strong preferences as American does not load enough meals for all passengers to be guaranteed a choice.

About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last eighteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 47.5 US states. Although she averages 200 days a year on the road, she loves to return to “the homestead” in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and cocktail mixology.

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