PHOTO: An American Airlines A321. (Photo via Flickr/Eric Salard)
Coast-to-coast flights appear to be getting much easier as major airlines continue to battle it out to see which can offer the most and best free perks.
Less than two weeks after competitor Delta Air Lines began rolling out free meals to all passengers on select transcontinental routes, American Airlines has announced that it will follow suit.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier revealed Tuesday that it will begin offering free meals in the main cabin onboard its fleet of Airbus A321Ts traveling both directions between Los Angeles and New York, and between San Francisco and New York.
The new meal service will begin May 1.
Meal options will vary depending on the time of day but include either a continental breakfast, a boxed meal with a sandwich wrap, kettle chips and dessert or a fruit and cheese plate. A vegetarian option will also be made available.
"Some of our best customers fly our trans-continental routes and we want to give them a top-notch onboard experience," said the airline's vice president of global marketing Fernand Fernandez in a statement. "Providing complimentary meals in the Main Cabin is yet another step we’re taking to enhance our service in this competitive market."
As of March 1, Delta Air Lines is offering free meals to all passengers on flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles, and between JFK and San Francisco.
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Beginning April 24, Delta will expand its free meals to all passengers on flights traveling between Boston and San Francisco; Boston and Los Angeles; Boston and Seattle; Washington Reagan National and Los Angeles; JFK and Portland; JFK and San Diego; JFK and Seattle; Seattle and Fort Lauderdale; Seattle and Orlando; and Seattle and Raleigh-Durham.
Tuesday's announcement also comes less than two months after American revealed it would be working with Gogo and Via Sat to upgrade the high-speed Wi-Fi on its planes.