American Airlines Expands Meal Pre-Selection To Regional Flights

One of the joys of flying premium cabins is a complimentary meal service on longer routes. Although, running out of your first meal choice is something that could be frustrating to a number of passengers. Now, American Airlines is combating that problem on American Eagle flights by introducing a meal pre-selection program for premium customers.

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American Eagle First Class passengers will soon be able to benefit from meal pre-selection. Photo: American Airlines

American Eagle passengers to get meal pre-selection

Starting on March 11, American Airlines is expanding meal pre-selection options to American Eagle flights. First class customers on mainline American flights can already select their meals on flights over 900 miles in length up to thirty days before departure.

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First Class passengers on American Airlines flights over 900 miles can complimentary pre-select their meals F to 30 days before the flight. Photo: Getty Images

Raphael Girardoni, Managing Director of Food and Beverage Services at American Airlines, had the following to say about this new initiative:

Ordering meals in advance is important to our customers, and we’re excited to bring this option to more flights. The culinary experience is an important part of travel that we will continue to invest in.

While menu options do change, some options for pre-selection on American Eagle flights are the following:

  • Charcuterie plate
  • Tex-Mex salad with adobo chicken
  • Mediterranean turkey club sandwich
  • Hot smoked salmon with everything bagel-seasoned potato salad
  • Curried chicken salad on croissant

In total, American will offer meal pre-selection for premium cabin customers on over 1,900 flights per day. About 300 of those flights are under the American Eagle banner.

American Airlines Expands Meal Pre-Selection To Regional Flights
First Class passengers on over 1,900 daily flights will receive access to meal pre-selection. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

New meal pre-selection options on long-haul flights

American is also offering additional options for customers on long-haul flights. Also from March 11, American is giving Flagship First and Flagship Business class passengers options to preorder a chicken cobb entree salad on flights to Europe and South America from the United States. Meanwhile, on the return flights to the US from Europe and South America, the option is a charcuterie plate.

American Airlines Expands Meal Pre-Selection To Regional Flights
American Airlines will offer Flagship First and Business class passengers additional pre-order options. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

What this means for passengers

American Airlines is continuing to make investments in the premium cabin experience. With this new initiative, American Airlines will offer more passengers the opportunity to ensure they can receive their first choice meal on flights.

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This gives passengers more options to get their first-choice meal. Photo: American Airlines

Flying a regional jet can be a mixed bag. On some flights, passengers will have to gate-check their bags due to limited overhead bin space and limited space to move around (which sometimes leads to unpleasant incidents). However, a nice meal can make the flight just a little bit better.


American Airlines is adding meal pre-selection to American Eagle flights from March 11. Ultimately, this is just another move American is making after introducing new menu options onboard select flights and lounges.

What do you make of American Eagle flights now getting meal pre-selection? Will you use this service? Let us know in the comments!