30 Responses

  1. David Conklin
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    Just goes to show you can’t please everyone. I usually rather prefer the breakfast option at the end of a long flight from Asia.

    1. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      Which is a good reason to offer something breakfasty and something that isn’t.

    2. David Conklin
      David Conklin at |

      i keep my expectations low. That way they are sometimes exceeded

    3. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      Always good advice for airplane food

  2. Steven Sullivan
    Steven Sullivan at |

    I’m kind of with Seth, especially going to Asia. With a mid/late afternoon arrival, I’d rather not have breakfast. Coming back to the US, with a morning arrival, breakfast is a little better. I did enjoy the Asian option to/from ICN for the arrival meal recently – noodles going and a tasty teriyaki chicken coming back.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      My recent return flights from Asia landed at 2p and 5p local time respectively. That’s not breakfast time. It really makes adjusting to the local time harder for me.

    2. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      Yeah that’s tough. Mine was 10:00 AM, so not so bad for breakfast.

    3. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      Still, I had the Asian option that was not breakfast food in the American sense.

    4. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Yeah…Delta and a few others typically have an option that is non-breakfast. I like that. But when stuck without that option I’ve learned to make do.

  3. Elizabeth Houck
    Elizabeth Houck at |

    The food on my last two polaris longhauls was horrible.

  4. Golfingboy
    Golfingboy at |

    AA offers both, egg dish or noodles/rice/dim sum dish, as the pre-arrival meal both to/from Asia.

    I suppose UA prefers to serve the congee as the second choice – that main dish probably cost UA less than $1-2.

  5. Joel Anderson
    Joel Anderson at |

    I think that’s a carry over from CO. The second got meal was always a breakfast, which is typically cheaper to cater.

    I don’t remember pmUA serving breakfast for meal number 2 on Westbound TPACs. AA and DL offer a non breakfast option and I can’t seem to remember having a reluctant breakfast as meal 2 on pmNW MSP-NRT or DTW-NRT.

    Even SQ1 has something non-breakfasty as an option for meal 2, and the overnight OZ ORD-ICN seemed to be non-breakfast from what I recall.

  6. Raymond Kwan
    Raymond Kwan at |

    I am with David here. Breakfast is fine arriving HKG, as I can have room for a late supper after settling down.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Maybe I’m just willing to eat too much. I’d take a “late lunch” and late supper over breakfast and supper.

      I really just wish there was an option for an arrival airport time zone appropriate meal. I don’t think eggs or congee at 5p Chengdu time is that.

      (And, yes, I ate again after I got to the hotel.)

    2. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      It’s rare I want breakfast ever at an hour of day much past noon.

    3. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      But which noon? That’s part of the problem, unfortunately.

    4. Steven Sullivan
      Steven Sullivan at |

      Arrival. I don’t care what time it is back home, only where I’m going.

  7. Christopher Spitler
    Christopher Spitler at |

    i’m at the point where i eat right before the flight, even if it’s fast food, and then when i land. right now in polaris the only thing i’ll really eat is the mid-flight snack as you mentioned.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      For eastbound from NYC/IAD/ORD to Europe or South America I 100% agree. Fall asleep immediately and don’t worry about the meals. Asia is more challenging given flight schedules. And I mostly enjoy the first meal mains, though the CTU flight wasn’t great.

    2. Christopher Spitler
      Christopher Spitler at |

      yeah, asia is hard. i actually pack sandwiches for some of the longer flights. i’m about fly today AKL-SFO, and we’ll have a few sandwiches each with us. i used to be able to eat a few things, the ravioli was great actually, but quality seems to have gone downhill as the “fancy factor” tries to go up.

    3. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I almost always have snacks in my bag anyways, just because it is travel and you never know what you’ll run in to.

      And I definitely agree that the more simply stuff usually tastes better. It packs/travels more easily than the fancy bits.

    4. Christopher Spitler
      Christopher Spitler at |

      for sure. the ritz peanut butter cracker packs are my favorite for that

  8. Stephan Segraves
    Stephan Segraves at |

    LAX/SFO-SIN are breakfast on arrival and that makes perfect sense to me since they are AM arrivals.

  9. Stephan Segraves
    Stephan Segraves at |

    LAX/SFO-SIN are breakfast on arrival and that makes perfect sense to me since they are AM arrivals.

  10. Stefano Zanero
    Stefano Zanero at |

    On some airlines (off the top of my head Etihad, Alitalia, but I am sure others too), meals are served all day long, meaning you could swap them around, or have as much of the in-flight snack menu as you want served instead or along with parts of the breakfast.

  11. Stefano Zanero
    Stefano Zanero at |

    On some airlines (off the top of my head Etihad, Alitalia, but I am sure others too), meals are served all day long, meaning you could swap them around, or have as much of the in-flight snack menu as you want served instead or along with parts of the breakfast.

  12. April Glandt
    April Glandt at |

    I didn’t like the tomato soup on Polaris. Very watery, shud have been creamy.

  13. Amol Koldhekar
    Amol Koldhekar at |

    Hah, just booked NRT-EWR on the 777-300ER and was looking for a trip report and stumbled across this from ~3 years ago, which at least shows your consistency in dislike for breakfasts on mid-afternoon arrivals https://blog.wandr.me/2015/02/in-flight-united-businessfirst-seoul-narita-newark/