United Airlines bringing back hot meals to domestic first class: Travel Weekly

United Airlines will make several upgrades to its food and beverage offerings on June 1 as it shelves pandemic-era procedures.

The airline said Tuesday that it will reintroduce trayed meals in domestic first class on all flights that are longer than 800 miles, replacing the packaged sandwich it has been serving during the pandemic. For mainline flights, the plated meals will include hot entrée choices, while cold plates will be on offer for United First customers on regional flights.

United will also resume coursed meal offerings in the Polaris business class of long-haul international flights on June 1. Polaris customers will once again receive a pre-meal snack and cocktail along with table linen service. That will be followed by a plated entrée and dessert. 

The full-service meal will replace United’s pandemic Polaris service in which meals are served packaged or covered, and all at once. 

United will bring spirits back to international premium economy and economy sections on June 1, accompanying beer and wine, which are already available in those cabins. The carrier will offer complimentary liquor minis in United Premium Plus. Liquor minis will be available for purchase in international economy cabins.

Gary Leff, who pens the View from the Wing blog about airlines and airline loyalty programs, said that United had previously brought liquor back to Premium Plus before suspending it again in recent months. 

United’s domestic full-service competitors Alaska, American, Delta and JetBlue previously resumed domestic hot-meal service.

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