For as much as people love to complain about airline food, they really miss it when it is taken away. That's what is happening to American Airlines' First Class passengers, as the carrier has announced the end of hot meals on shorter domestic flights.
American has unceremoniously updated their website to show that domestic premium passengers on flights under two hours and forty-five minutes will no longer receive a hot, gourmet meal. AA spokesman Casey Norton told Bloomberg "We looked at what the customers wanted, and a good number of customers didn't want a full-meal on a flight of less than two hours." American's merger partner U.S. Airways changed their First Class meal service from flights from 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes in April, so American says they have simply changed their policy to match, in order to keep a more consistent product.
American's reduction in First Class service comes in contrast to jetBlue who inaugurated their "Mint" class product in June. Mint features hot meals, and wide seats that lie fully-flat. It can be found on trans-continental Airbus A321 flights between JFK and LAX, and will be added on the JFK-SFO route this fall.