American Airlines Announces New Premium Class Menus for Trans-Atlantic Flights

New First Class and Business Class Menus Offer a Taste of Home, a Taste of Adventure

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines today announced it is introducing new First Class and Business Class menus on flights between the United States and Europe as part of a series of moves to enhance the customer service experience on international flights.

The new menus incorporate appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts that reflect distinctively European and American tastes. On Aug. 1, 2005, flights from Europe to the United States began featuring menu items created from European ingredients and recipes. Beginning Sept. 1, 2005, United States flights bound for Europe will feature quintessentially American cuisine.

Earlier today, American announced new business class seats, inflight entertainment and larger overhead bins will be installed on Boeing 767-300s in 2006. In 2007, new business class seats and inflight entertainment will be installed on Boeing 777s. In addition, Flagship Suites will be added to 20 Boeing 777s First Class cabins to provide a consistent Boeing 777 product for customers by 2007.

“The combination of new terminals, new Admirals Clubs, new international routes, a new business class product, new menus in First and Business Class, and the ability of AAdvantage members to earn miles and take award trips around the world clearly puts American in a leadership position among global network carriers,” said Henry Joyner, Senior Vice President – Planning. “It also demonstrates again the importance of having a full-service airline with multiple service options, an extensive network and a robust frequent flyer program to the communities and customers served by American.”

American Menu

In the United States, American turned to its Chefs Conclave, a group of internationally acclaimed chefs, for inspiration. Chef Stephan Pyles of Dallas was selected to design the new menu for flights from the United States to Europe, with input from American’s flight attendants.

New Business Class appetizers include citrus-marinated scallops, coppa ham with mozzarella, and shrimp marinated in mojito sauce served with pineapple and Boston watercress with zucchini, mushroom and yellow bell peppers. The new entrees include cowboy steak with red chili onions and corn-bean ragout, lamb shank with an ale tomato sauce, chicken Madeira, and pumpkin ravioli with sage cream sauce. Seasonal vegetables such as grilled yellow squash, sauteed spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and artichoke bottoms with chive-whipped potatoes accompany the main dishes. Desserts include an ice cream sundae or poached pears in a pecan crust.

European Menu

American invited European chefs to express their vision for an inflight culinary tour de force by submitting proposals for the new menu for U.S.-bound flights. From these imaginative offerings, American selected premier appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts with Continental flair.

Prior to the main meal, passengers can partake of new appetizers, including apple soy marinated beef served with horseradish cream and thin potatoes, portobello mushroom carpaccio and smoked sesame salmon with sweet chili cucumber. Main courses include roasted fillet of cod with eggplant puree, seared fillet of beef with porcini mushroom butter and bordelaise sauce, roasted chicken with eggplant confit, and goat cheese and red pepper cappelletti pasta, to name a few. For dessert, customers looking for an alternative to an ice cream sundae can feast on peaches in amaretto sauce served with biscotti stuffing.

“Paired with our award-winning wines and other beverage selections, these new menus are truly designed for the international traveler’s palate,” stated Donna Snepp, Managing Director – Food and Beverage. “The European-inspired selections are already winning praise from our Europe-U.S. customers, and we look forward to rolling out the American-cuisine menu in September.”

About American Airlines

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