American Airlines to sell food in main cabins

Friday, December 17th 2004, 8:35 pm
By: News On 6

DALLAS (AP) _ American Airlines says it will begin selling $3 snack boxes in the main cabins of long U.S. flights beginning Feb. 1.

American, which cut back on in-flight food after the industry downturn of 2001, said Friday it would offer food for sale in the main cabin on all domestic flights longer than three hours.

Food will be sold on more than 500 daily non-transcontinental flights of three hours or more, including about 300 flights that currently offer no food, said Fort Worth-based American, the largest U.S. carrier.

The snack boxes will replace main cabin food service that is now free on about 120 other transcontinental and 40 Hawaii flights, which the airline said would help it save about $30 million a year.

The airline said it would continue to offer complimentary food for first-class passengers.

A ``morning snack box'' will contain a muffin bar, dried cranberries, bagel chips, cream cheese spread and a mint from 6 a.m. to 9:59 a.m.

From 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., the snack boxes will include crackers, sliced salami, cheddar cheese, fruit mix and Oreo cookies, the airline said.

On some transcontinental and Hawaii flights, passengers will be able to buy breakfast sandwiches or turkey wraps for $5.