Starting later this month, United Airlines will again offer Champagne or Prosecco onboard and pour wine from larger bottles, another step in the slow return to pre-pandemic service levels. It will also offer two slightly modified snack boxes onboard.
United Airlines Restores Champagne, Prosecco, and Poured Wines
After months of serving only economy class-sized bottles of red and white wine onboard, United will restore full-sized bottles of wine and bubbles to its premium cabin service. The move takes place on November 15, 2020.
Poured red and white wine plus Champagne will be offered on international flights in United’s Polaris business class product.
Meanwhile, wine and Prosecco will be offered in United First on the following flights:
- Premium transcontinental
- Los Angeles⇄Newark
- San Francisco⇄Newark
- San Francisco⇄Boston
- Long Haul Hawaii
- Intra Pacific
- Tokyo Narita
- Select Latin markets
While Champagne and better wine is returning, you may want to BYOG (bring your own glass). Flight attendants have been instructed to present wine choices to consumer, then pour it into a blue plastic cup in the galley. But it will be served on a silvery tray…
New Snack Boxes
United will also retool two snack boxes on November 15, with contents changing slightly. Premium cabins continue to be offered a choice of sandwich or snack box, depending upon the time of day.
On morning flights, the “Tapas” snack box will include:
- Rustic Bakery Flatbread
- Italian Breadsticks Herb and Garlic
- Bruschetta Spread
- Traditional Hummus
- Savory Pepper Olives
- Sea Salt Almonds
- Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel
On afternoon and evening flights, the “Select” snack box will include:
- Old Wisconsin Beef Salami
- Multi Grain Crackers
- Acacia Crackers
- Mediterranean Apricots
- Smoked Gouda Cup
- White Cheddar Cup
- Hickory Smoked Almonds
- Toblerone Tiny’s
The “Classic” snack box may also be offered on afternoon flights.
Passengers can choose either a sandwich or a snack box on flights departing hubs and snack boxes only (though both options will be available) on downline segments, meaning the return segment from a non-hub.
Each step is a small but noteworthy march back toward normality. While shifting from individual water bottles to poured water from larger bottles last month was done to save money, this is not a cutback disguised as an enhancement. With a dark winter ahead, though, I would not expect many more upgrades to service for the time being.