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This US Airline is the Only One Left Still Serving Complimentary Meals

June 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

Remember the days when you used to get a complimentary meal with your airline ticket? Yeah, we barely do. And what's worse, is there's a whole generation of kids growing up thinking thats it's "normal" to pay $12 for turkey and cheese sandwich on a flight. Sigh.

But on Hawaiian Airlines, you can at least pretend that all that nickel-and-diming never happened. That's because Hawaiian is the last domestic airline left that serves a complimentary meal AND a complimentary glass of wine.

Here's a shot of the fare from Maui (OGG) to Los Angeles (LAX.) In the bun is grounded up Hawaiian BBQ chicken manapua, made with garlic, ginger and peas. It was tasty. On the side you get a small salad with packaged salad dressing, a Hawaiian shortbread cookie, a cup of water and (hells yes) a glass of wine. On the way to Maui, we got the same salad but a special fried noodle dish and two chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.

You can check on the type of of meal you will have on your Hawaiian airlines flight here as well as read about the man behind the complimentary (and first class) meals, Thai-born Chef Chai Chaowasaree.

The rest of the Hawaiian Airlines experience was a bit old-school as well since we were on the Boeing 767plane. There aren't any seat back TVs and no movies are shown from the drop-down TVs in the aisle. Rather, they will play Hawaiian music videos on a loop through the entire flight. (You have to plug in your headset in the arm rest to actually hear the music.)

As a consolation, you can rent iPads from the flight attendants (for $17, $15 if you purchase at the gate) and then purchase movies from there. Nah. Unless you're desperate to watch a movie, we say bring some old-school entertainment for this old-school flight--a book (The Gold Finch!) or a magazine.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross for Jaunted]

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