Despite declaring an unexpected quarterly loss, United Airlines is moving forward with more catering improvements in April 2023, including the return of Japanese meals.
Catering Improvements Move Ahead On United Airlines In April 2023
Every month, United has returned elements to its premium cabin meal service that bring it another step closer to its pre-pandemic service.
In a memo to flight attendants reviewed by Live and Let’s Fly, United shared that appetizers will be returning to flights between the USA and Europe and that Japanese meals will return to Japan flights starting on April 1, 2023:
- Appetizer: Flights between the U.S. and Europe will receive a cold appetizer with the main meal tray setup
- Japanese Meal: Reintroducing the main and pre-arrival Japanese meals. The plated entrée and soup will be placed on the red-lined Japanese meal tray with chopsticks
It has been over three years now since the pandemic began and United (and others) drastically cut onboard meal service in the early days of the pandemic. While most carriers have restored their full pre-pandemic service offerings, including American and Delta on longhaul flights, United has only gradually reintroduced service elements like appetizers or ice cream sundaes.
In another move that I am particularly excited about (and have advocated for repeatedly on Live And Let’s Fly), on flights over 801 miles and more the Southwest Wheatberry grain salad will be replaced with a fresh salad and dressing.
United’s meals, including the grain salad, are all frozen and shipped from catering station to station. This saves money, but the carbs served with carbs over carbs with carbs for dessert is a bit much and it will be great to see a green salad.
The standard menu for April 2023 in domestic first class will include:
- Westbound: Thai beef meatballs, Cheese Enchiladas, Sweet Chili Glass Noodle Salad
- Eastbound: Lemon Roasted Chicken Thigh, Rigatoni Pomodoro, Sweet Chili Glass Noodle Salad
United also meal service pre-orders on narrbowdy flights between five days and 24 hours prior to departure.
It is great to see appetizers, Japanese meals, and green salads return. Despite declaring an alarming quarterly loss, catering improvements are moving forward on United. This is an important recognition of the competitive environment United finds itself in.