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United Airlines Adding Complimentary Beer, Wine to Improved Menu

Airlines & Airports | United Airlines | Donald Wood | April 17, 2015

United Airlines Adding Complimentary Beer, Wine to Improved Menu

Knocking back a few alcoholic beverages during long international flights can help pass the time, and travelers who use United Airlines will begin receiving complimentary beer and wine on June 1, even for those in the economy class.

According to United, the company is making serious upgrades to its long-haul international flights by offering complimentary drinks and improving the food by including more flavorful and substantial meal options to all passengers.

While the improved meals, beer, wine and water will be free, passengers will still have to pay for hard liquor and premium snacks.

United Airlines senior vice president of customers, Sandra Pineau-Boddison, released a statement about the upgrades to the economy service:

“United is committed to improving every aspect of our customers' experience on the ground, in the air and with every interaction. The changes to come on June 1 will deliver an elevated onboard experience on many of our intercontinental flights and will offer travelers the high level of service they expect from a global airline.”

The upgraded service and menu will be offered on all Transatlantic flights, most Transpacific flights and on flights between the United States and Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

For the foodie in all of us ready to see the new menu, United will begin serving three-course meals. The first will be a beverage and snack of cheese and crackers, baked whole-grain bruschetta chips or Kiri cheese spread and crackers.

The main course is next and will be served with fresh salads and artisan bread. The new bigger and more enjoyable meal options include home-style turkey meatloaf, Tuscan ravioli with roasted red pepper sauce, udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables and ginger soya sauce and more.

As for a complimentary dessert, customers will be entitled to a premium dessert like gelato, sorbet, ice cream or mousse.

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