United Airlines Takes Restaurant-Quality Dining Higher – In the Air and on the Ground

Carrier to unveil flavorful new dishes throughout North and Latin America

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/14/2015, 8:11 p.m.
United Airlines is unveiling new premium-cabin and United Economy meal and snack options this fall, offering more customers delicious new ...

CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2015 – United Airlines is unveiling new premium-cabin and United Economy meal and snack options this fall, offering more customers delicious new chef-inspired dishes on flights throughout North and Latin America.

In collaboration with chefs affiliated with The Trotter Project, United will:

· Add savory new choices to its United BusinessFirst menu on the airline’s p.s. Premium Service, including roasted duck and flat-iron steak;

· Offer a variety of new premium-cabin selections, including a salad with grilled salmon for lunch, on flights in other North America markets; and

· Introduce new fresh selections in United Economy, including a bistro bowl with braised beef, vegetables and steamed rice on the airline’s Choice Menu Bistro on Board for United Economy customers on flights departing North America.

New York/Newark-San Francisco and Los Angeles

On Oct. 25, with the beginning of p.s. premium transcontinental service to Newark Liberty International Airport, p.s. flights will begin offering new premium-cabin lunch and dinner selections.

After starting with new appetizers like roasted duck with stone-ground mustard and fig, peppered goat cheese with pumpernickel bread, customers may dine on new salads, such as butternut squash with haricots verts, pumpkin seeds, bleu cheese, cranberries and pickled onions or granny smith apple with shaved fennel and beets.

New entrees will include a flat-iron steak with grilled broccolini, gigande beans and red chimichurri; duck confit ravioli, mushroom ragout, semi-dried tomatoes and sauteed asparagus; and lamb shoulder with sauteed gnocchi, eggplant confit and lamb jus.

United will continue to offer its p.s. made-to-order sundaes for dessert, followed by bake-on-board cookies prior to arrival.

North America Premium-Cabin

Beginning Nov. 1, the airline will refresh lunch and dinner choices for United First and United Business customers on flights throughout the U.S. and Canada, and to Mexico, Caribbean and Latin America leisure markets.

United-operated flights that currently offer meal service will add new dishes, like Spanish paella, mushroom risotto and seafood cioppino on shorter dinner flights.

The carrier will also expand meals to:

· Lunch flights longer than three hours, departing between 1:30 and 3:59 p.m., which will offer options that include seasonal entree salads like a Napa salad with grilled salmon, goat cheese and fig and an arugula salad with Milanese-style chicken; and

· Late-night flights between Hawaii and Houston, Chicago, New York/Newark and Washington, which will offer full dinner service with new entrees, such as hoisin short ribs with wasabi grits and stir-fried vegetables.

Late-night non-p.s. transcontinental flights and service between Hawaii and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver, as well as other late-departing flights of at least five hours and 20 minutes, will offer hearty sandwiches after takeoff, such as a pretzel burger with bleu cheese dressing, arugula and pickled onions, followed by warmed pastries before arrival.

United will continue to provide premium-cabin customers prosecco sparkling wine and – on lunch and dinner flights – the airline’s signature warm nuts and a variety of desserts, including ice cream, sorbet and bake-on-board cookies.

United Express two-cabin regional jet service will also offer new premium-cabin lunch, dinner and snacks and expanded lunch meal service to flights longer than three hours.