Until you fly on some major airlines on regional flights around the world, you may not realize how poor the inflight “catering” or snack service is with US carriers. One of my favorite airlines for regional flights, Aegean Airlines, does an amazing job of serving some pretty good snacks or outright meals in business and in economy. Turkish Airlines does the same thing with some excellent food service in business class, even on short-haul flights.
Best Business/First Class Meal on a 40 Minute Flight?
Last week, I flew short-haul Turkish Airlines business class – a 40 minute flight. The meal was the usual amazing food for such a short flight and I actually ate it almost all even though I planned on really enjoying some of the food in the new Turkish Airlines business lounge in Istanbul.
This flight was aboard a 737 with very comfy business class seats, very unlike typical European carriers on short-haul business class (same as economy but with the middle seat blocked). So, the all-around experience was excellent, as always (I have flown this same route many, many times).
The next day, I flew on American Airlines A321T aircraft from Boston to JFK. This is an unusual flight as it is the shortest route serviced by AA’s three-cabin aircraft. I had previously flown this plane from JFK to LAX and really enjoyed the first class experience and was curious to see what it was like on a 40 minute flight between Boston and JFK.
Now, of course, US airlines are really not great with short-haul catering (and some would argue that even their long-haul domestic catering isn’t that great either). But, considering that this is a true first class cabin on just one of a handful of routes in the US that fly it, I honestly thought that there may be at least like a bagel/yogurt/cereal or maybe, maybe some warm dish.
Oh, and AA brought their famous basket around so it wasn’t even like they “served” me.
Just take a look at these photos see what you think of American Airlines First Class vs Turkish Airlines Business Class on a 40 minute flight:
Again, I realize that it is not realistic to expect a meal like Turkish on all AA business class flights in the US, but, seriously, on this plane, I would have thought it would have been better than it was!
And, for Turkish Airlines, this is just one more reason I absolutely love flying with them!
By the way, half of the bar is still in my bag uneaten while the Turkish Airlines food was just amazing (it was an egg dish with cheese, tomatoes, and peppers).