Friday, September 17, 2010

Continental still serves meals, sometimes.

Back in March, I wrote about Continental's decision to end complimentary meal service for Coach passengers.

It was, as I understood it, a "done deal."  So, Gwen and I were surprised on a recent flight segment from Houston to Seattle when flight attendants came around passing out trays with chicken enchiladas, carrot sticks, salad cups, and Kit Kat candy bars. 

There was no meal offered from Seattle to Anchorage.  However, we encountered a similar meal service (this time with a turkey sandwich) flying from Anchorage back to Seattle -- and no meal from Seattle to Newark.

That led me to do some checking, and according to Continental's posted dining policy, meal service is still in effect for flights over three hours in length that fall between "standard meal times:"
  • Breakfast / Snack: 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch / Snack: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner / Snack: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
To be sure, these are not gourmet meals.  I also doubt that they'll survive the merger, as United already has an established product line of (quite tasty) fresh food items sold onboard.

But getting something to eat was a pleasant surprise. 

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