United upgrades long-haul economy inflight dining experience

16 Apr 2015 by Clement Huang

United Airlines is upgrading the economy class dining services for its long-haul international flights, with the introduction of larger portions, complimentary beer and wine, and a new option to pay for premium snacks.

The airline will introduce this upgrade from June 1 on its trans-Atlantic flights; services between the US and Argentina, Brazil and Chile; and most trans-Pacific flights. 

New multi-course meal service

First on the list will be the introduction of a three-course service for all complimentary economy meals, beginning with cheese and crackers, baked whole-grain bruschetta chips or Kiri cheese spread and crackers, followed by a main course served with refreshed salads and artisan breads, plus a beverage.

The American carrier has also designed a new line of main courses, including:

  • Home-style turkey meatloaf in spicy barbecue sauce, served with sweet potato mash, mixed vegetables, an artisan ciabatta roll and amaranth mango salad
  • Tuscan ravioli with roasted red pepper sauce, served with a petit artisan ciabatta roll and mixed-grain salad
  • Udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables and ginger soya sauce, served with a petit multi-grain baguette roll and apple wheatberry salad

Meal service will end with a premium dessert, such as gelato, sorbet, ice cream or mousse.

United will offer alcoholic drinks at no charge alongside the multi-course meal service. In addition, each passenger will receive a complimentary bottle of water to stay refreshed throughout the flight.

The airline will also introduce premium snacks for purchase. Along with the complimentary meals, customers can purchase packaged snacks and snack boxes throughout the flights via the Choice Menu Snack Shop – currently only available in United’s North and Central America flights scheduled for more than two hours, flights to and from northern South America and service between Honolulu and Guam.

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Clement Huang

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