I wrote earlier about the first class meal options available on American Airlines from DFW to LAS. We took that trip on December 26. This flight is typical of most mid-con (halfway across the continent) flights with them, so it is a good opportunity to explain American Airlines domestic first class meal service. Given the constraints of serving hot food in a moving airplane, American does awfully good work for a short flight. Then again, a stiff glass of bourbon makes a lot of things better.
We were not served a pre-departure beverage on this flight, but that actually makes sense. The flight attendant was quite gracious and explained that the flight was late, and she wanted to keep the aisle clear to board folks quickly. We wanted to get to Vegas, so that was fine with us. Immediately after takeoff, she came by and offered us a beverage. Alcoholic drinks are complimentary in domestic first class. The choices were:
I enjoy Woodford Reserve Bourbon very much. The flight attendant brought me that and then offered a hot towel. A ramekin of mixed nuts arrived quickly. At this point, I essentially had a perfect bar snack. I settled in with a good book until it was time for lunch.
I was seated next to my wife (Protip: If you take your wife to Vegas, she will be more apt to let you go back with your buddies later). We had pre-ordered our entrees. She had the fruit and cheese plate, and I had the Vietnamese salad.
Meals are presented on a tray with a linen cover. There is also a small bread plate, and warm bread was served from a basket. The napkin is a decent linen with a hole for attaching to a shirt button. Salad dressing, butter, salt, and pepper were also included. The American Airlines domestic first class meal experience is pretty consistent in regards to what comes on the tray.
The fruit and cheese plate was closer to a snack than a proper meal. However, that is just what my wife wanted. It was also a very large snack. The Vietnamese salad was served cold, and it was more of a proper meal. The chicken breast was flavorless and served on the side. The salad itself, however, had noodles and a nice mix of vegetables. Served with the dressing and the chicken, it is a great choice for sky dining. I also had the cheese roll with butter, and that was plenty of food.
American has long since stopped serving a proper dessert on most mid-con flights. However, I prefer what they have replaced it with. We had a choice of a chocolate chip or snickerdoodle cookie after the meal. The cookies were hot. The hot chocolate chip cookies on American are always great.
Final verdict on American Airlines mid-con meal service
So was this a meal worth making a special trip to a restaurant for? Of course not. However, airlines are pretty limited about what they can serve in the sky in a fairly short flight. American Airlines offers a consistent service standard. We enjoyed our meals on the trip to Las Vegas, and the experience was great for the low price we paid for the tickets. Happy flying!