United Airlines will restore hot meal service on more routes and introduce new menu items starting next month. With its move, United becomes the first U.S. carrier to restore hot meals on shorter routes.
Hot Meal Service Returns To Many Domestic Routes On United Airlines In First Class
After over a year without meals (beyond sandwiches and snack boxes) in United’s domestic first class cabins, United is will restore hot, plated meals effective June 15, 2021.
This will occur on the following flights:
- Domestic flights – over 1,500 miles
- Hub-to-hub routes – over 800 miles
Although United has not provided any pictures, it has teased the following menu choices:
- Egg scramble with plant-based chorizo
- Belgium waffle with bourbon berry compote, served with a side of a peach-flavored Greek yogurt parfait
- Grilled chicken breast with orzo and lemon basil pesto
- Vegetarian enchilada with chile verde, served with a side of Spanish rice
Each entree will include a side dish and dessert. To minimize contact, meals will be served on a tray and wrapped up. The grilled chicken breast is an existing entree (pictured above), but the other dishes are new.
United told Live and Let’s Fly the dessert will initially be a “Pie in the Sky” chocolate sky from Chicago-based Eli’s cheesecake.
Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines will begin to reintroduce meal service on premium transcontinental flights next month (American and United never eliminated them on such flights) while American will continue to serve packaged sandwiches or cheese plates. Furthermore, American has made clear it does not ever plan on returning meal service to the way it was prior to the pandemic.
United’s move is an important step in restoring some semblance of normality to domestic flights that have already returned to “normal” in terms of passenger demand. JetBlue proves that airline food does not have to be bad. Hopefully United’s refreshed hot entrees will also be tasty.