After more than a year and a half, United Airlines is bringing back fresh food for purchase in economy class, including its beloved cheeseburger.
United Airlines Restores Fresh Food For Purchase In Economy Class, Including Cheeseburger
Starting on September 15th, fresh meals will again be available for purchase on United Airlines. Initially, this service will be available on most domestic flights over 1,500 miles.
Choices will include:
- Chia Seed Pudding – topped with fresh mango and toasted coconut
- Bacon, Egg and Cheese Croissant Sandwich – bacon, fried egg and cheddar on a butter spiral croissant
The croissant sandwich appears to the same sandwich that is served in first class on non hub-hub flights under 1,500 miles.
- Mediterranean Grain Bowl – bulgur, black lentil and carrot salad, roasted zucchini and bell peppers, served with lemon vinaigrette
- Cheeseburger – cheeseburger with cheddar and pickles on a buttered brioche bun
- Fresh Cheese Tray – featuring Cheddar, Gouda, Colby Jack and Monterey Jack cheeses, along with crackers and dried cherry and almond mix
The fresh items will be offered in addition to United’s assortment of snack boxes and a la carte items.
Although often classified as “domestic” for catering purposes, the fresh food will not be available for purchase on flights to Latin America, Canada and Guam. Furthermore, it will not be available on longhaul Hawaii flights where customers are already served meals in economy cabins.
Those Hawaiian meals, by the way, look mighty tasty:
Pricing has not been announced on the new menu items, but I would guess each item will cost between $9-13. 1K members will be eligible for a free food item (plus free alcoholic drink) on flights in which these new meals are sold, if their upgrade does not clear.
It is great to see United Airlines restore hot meals for purchase and I am particularly happy to see the cheeseburger back, which is “the most chosen meal on United” according to Toby Enqvist, United’s Chief Customer Officer.
The move marks one step closer to restoring airline service to pre-pandemic levels.