United to Upgrade International Economy-Class Meal Service

Carrier to Offer Complimentary Beer and Wine on Intercontinental Flights

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 April 2015
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Economy class on a United Dreamliner

United Airlines announced it will introduce new in-flight meal options for economy-class passengers on select long-haul international flights beginning on June 1.  The carrier will upgrade its complimentary meal to a three-course affair on these flights, as well as begin offering complimentary beer and wine.

First course will consist of a beverage and passengers’ choice of cheese and crackers, baked whole-grain bruschetta chips, or Kiri cheese spread and crackers.

As a main course, passengers in economy class will be able to choose from a menu which will include new dishes, such as: Home-style turkey meatloaf in spicy barbeque sauce with sweet mashed potatoes, 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; and Udon noodles with stir-fry vegetables and ginger soya sauce, with a petit multi-grain baguette roll and apple wheatberry salad.

For dessert, passengers will select from options such as gelato, sorbet, ice cream, and mousse.  The airline will also begin offering snacks for purchase in economy class.

The airline also plans to offer complimentary beer and wine to economy-class passengers on intercontinental flights with the multi-course meal service.  Passengers will also receive a complimentary bottle of water.

The new offerings will be available on United transatlantic flights, most transpacific flights, and service between the United States and Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.

Additionally, United will begin offering pre-arrival service in economy class, with options such as croissant with jam, a warmed sandwich, or hot meal with fruit and roll, depending of the flight, as well as new menu items such as cinnamon-swirled French toast and a Tuscan skillet with scrambled eggs.

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