United Airlines will restore meal service to more first class Hawaii flights and upgrade entree selections starting next month (including adding a vegan choice on some flights). It will also provision more sandwiches onboard and add cooling gel pillows to premium transcontinental flights.
United Improves Hawaii First Class Meals
While United Airlines has restored meal service to its longer flights to/from Hawaii, meals have not been re-introduced to service between the West Coast (Los Angeles + San Francisco) and Hawaii.
That changes starting April 1, 2021. All flights between LAX/SFO and Hawaii will include a full meal in the forward cabin which includes a choice of hot entrée, salad, nuts, bread and dessert (breakfast will include a fruit cup and biscotti instead of salad and nuts).
Breakfast will be served from 5:00am to 9:59am while dinner will be served at all other times.
New Entrées, Including Vegan Choice
Depending upon catering cycle and departure airport, United will offer a bit of variation from its standard menu options:
- Thai chicken with coconut ginger sauce
- Butternut squash ravioli
- Teriyaki chicken with fresh veggies and a ginger-green onion rice
- Vegan chili with a side of rice
(I tired both the Thai chicken and butternut squash ravioli recently and can vouch for them. I’ve also enjoyed the vegan chili dish on international flights.)
Cooling Gel Pillows + More Sandwiches
Two other notes. First, starting March 28, 2021 United will add cooling gel pillows to its premium transcontinental routes in business class. That includes:
Second, United will provision more sandwiches on domestic flights in first class. Sandwiches have proven popular and so United will load more sandwiches and less snack boxes starting next month.
As far as I can tell, this is good news all around. I’m particularly happy to see the vegan chili and Teriyaki chicken added to the domestic rotation, though we don’t know yet on which flights these meal choices will appear.
For those traveling to Hawaii next month on United in the front cabin, expect a meal service upgrade.