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United Upgrades Inflight Meal Service

Beginning on February 1, first- and business-class travelers flying on United within North America will get an upgrade, inflight food-wise.

The revamp includes more options, new menu items, and meal service on shorter flights. Among the new entrees:

  • Cage-free scrambled eggs prepared skillet style with pepper-jack cheese, sauteed pepper mix, sliced New Mexico sausage, potato gratin and fire-roasted pepper sauce
  • Lobster macaroni and cheese with a baked crumb topping and side of broccoli rabe
  • Chicken and sausage jambalaya with white rice and green onions
  • Tamale-stuffed chicken wrapped in a corn husk and served with creamy corn sauce, roasted red and yellow tomatoes and yucca sticks

According to a United statement: “Our customers tell us they want greater options and fresh, savory dining choices when they fly with us. With these latest enhancements, we will offer restaurant-quality cuisine that enriches their in-flight experience.”

Also planned for later this year: new menu items on United’s p.s. (Premium Service) flights between New York and Los Angeles or San Francisco, also limited to those traveling in the front of the plane.

For coach-class travelers, the pickings are slim: “Refresh its Choice Menu Bistro on Board selection, which offers fresh food for sale in United Economy on most flights scheduled for more than three-and-a-half hours within North America, to Central and northern South America and between Honolulu and Guam.” Let ’em eat cake, in other words. If there’s any left over from the first-class meal service.

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