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Air Travelers Can Now See if They Will Be Offered Food On Board

Travel Technology | Ryan Rudnansky | July 29, 2015

Air Travelers Can Now See if They Will Be Offered Food On Board

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Want to know if the flight you are booking offers food during the trip?

Well, now you can.

Routehappy, which lists amenities for specific flights, now lets travelers know if fresh food will be available in each cabin and whether it will be free or not on every flight across more than 100 airlines.

The new data includes whether each seating section of the flight offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, a fresh snack or no fresh food, and whether the service is complimentary, paid or needs to be pre-ordered.

Different airlines have different rules about which of their flights and cabins offer fresh food, meal times, and how long a flight needs to be for passengers to receive food on the trip. For example, some airlines provide a meal on flights longer than two and a half hours, while others will only offer food if the flight is three hours or longer.

Routehappy’s latest offering makes it easier for travelers to know whether they will receive food on a specific flight without needing to scan the airline’s rulebook.

Routehappy also compiled a handy outline about airlines with the data.

Here is the breakdown:

- U.S. carriers on domestic routes typically offer fresh food for sale, or free only in premium cabins, on flights longer than 700 to 800 miles, but there are notable exceptions:

- Delta’s LAX-SFO shuttle offers a free fresh snack

- Delta’s LGA-ORD shuttle serves a plated fresh meal in first class on all flights

- Delta’s Comfort+ seats offer offers complimentary Luvo sandwich wraps and frozen Greek yogurt bars on certain transcontinental flights

- United recently upgraded its in-flight food offerings across its network, and now offers a complimentary three-course meal in economy class on many of its international flights

- American allows premium passengers flying internationally to pre-select gourmet meals

- JetBlue offers fresh food in Economy on flights from JFK and BOS to LAX, SFO and LGB departing before 8:59 p.m. local time; otherwise they do not offer fresh food

- JetBlue provides gourmet artisanal food in their Mint business class from JFK-LAX/SFO

- Cathay Pacific provides a complimentary multi-course meal in every cabin including economy on their daily Vancouver to New York JFK flight

- Most U.S. West Coast to East Coast redeye flights do not offer fresh food

- Southwest Airlines does not offer fresh food

- Qantas allows premium passengers on many international flights to pre-order their meal

- Aer Lingus allows passengers to pre-order local delicacies, like an Irish breakfast

- All British Airways flights within Europe offer a fresh snack or meal

The latest fresh food data builds on existing amenities in the Routehappy’s Scores & Amenities API: aircraft, seat, layout, Wi-Fi, entertainment, and power.


For more information on Routehappy or to search a route or specific flight, visit  



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