JetBlue is making some changes to their inflight catering that might make some people pretty angry.
The topic of Coke vs. Pepsi can be pretty divisive. There are those who prefer Coke products, and those who have bad taste (I’m kidding… I’m kidding… but not really). 😉
As noted by Wandering Aramean, JetBlue will be making the switch from Coke products to Pepsi products as of June 3, 2019.
With this change, JetBlue’s onboard soft drink selection will include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Sierra Mist Zero Sugar, Bubbly Lime Sparkling Water, Canada Dry Seltzer, Canada Dry Tonic, and Canada Dry Ginger Ale. JetBlue will continue to serve Dunkin coffee, and offer Mr. & Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary mix.
As part of this, JetBlue will also be switching from single serve bottles of water, to instead pouring water out of 1.5L bottles.
As JetBlue describes it, this change is bringing customers “exciting new product options they’ve asked for, while also fitting more offerings on to our carts, brining sustainable benefits and controlling growing costs.”
While there’s of course a convenience factor to having individual bottles of water on a plane (due to turbulence, so you can store them, etc.), there’s no denying that it’s hugely wasteful. So I’m a fan of this change purely from the reduced waste it will lead to.
Nowadays a vast majority of airlines offer Coke products, so I imagine Pepsi is giving JetBlue a deal they can’t refuse here, or else we likely wouldn’t see the switch. I’ll be curious to see if other airlines follow.
I also wonder what the passenger response will be like. Like I said, Coke vs. Pepsi is a really divisive topic. While some prefer Pepsi, a lot more people prefer Coke. Maybe it’s just branding, but people order a “Jack & Coke,” and not a “Jack & Pepsi.”
I imagine this will make things more complicated for flight attendants (at least in the short term), as they’ll constantly have to ask “is Pepsi okay?”
What do you make of JetBlue’s switch from Coke to Pepsi?