United is ditching glass bread dishes but provisioning more Champagne on select transatlantic flights. It will also increase snacks, vegetarian, and hot breakfast entrees on select flights.
A flight attendant shared a catering update with me, with changes effective March 01st. Among them:
Increased Champagne quantities on all tans-Atlantic flights before 09:00
It’s 5:00PM somewhere…United has found that even on early-morning transatlantic departures customers want more Champagne and are increasing provisions accordingly.
Increased seltzer water on all premium transcontinental flights
Sparkling water is catching on in the United States. United will add one extra draw of seltzer water on 757s and 767s and two extra drawers of seltzer water on 777s and 787s on premium transcontinental flights.
New clear polycarbonate plates
United will replace current glass and plastic dessert/bread plates with a clear polycarbonate plate, similar to its ice cream bowl. United says this is to prevent breakage and these plates are reusable. I don’t like plastic in premium cabins, but the glass plates are fragile and the polycarbonate plates don’t look much different.
Here’s the glass ice cream bowl (and the glass plate about to be replaced):
And the new one:
See, not too bad.
Increasing vegetarian meals from U.S. to India
In all cabins on flights from the U.S. to India, United will increase vegetarian meals by 20% (and reduce meat choices by 20%) in all cabins.
United First hot breakfast entrée ratios
More customers prefer the hot entree and United will respond by increasing the hot entree by 10% (and decreasing the cold entree by 10%). Pre-ordering meals should eventually eliminate this problem.
Increasing Untied Polaris mid-flight snack ratios
United will increased packaged snacks on flights from Europe to the United States.
Increasing mid-flight snacks on India and SFO-SIN routes
United will add a new sandwich option on four of its longest routes. The selection will rotate, but start with a sweet roll with apricot chai cream cheese on flights from San Francisco to Delhi and Singapore and from Newark to Delhi/Mumbai.
It seems with the exception of the plastic plates, this is is all good news.
What other changes would you like to see to catering onboard United Airlines?