United Airlines will further be restoring its premium cabin meal service as of June 2022. That’s pretty exciting, since hopefully it spells the end of those disgusting packaged sandwiches United has been serving for the past year.
United domestic first class meal service changes
As of June 1, 2022, United Airlines will be greatly improving its first class meal service. Specifically, the airline will be reintroducing meal trays in domestic first class on flights of 800+ miles. On mainline flights the meal trays will have a hot main course option, while on regional flights the trays will have a cold main course option.
For context, in June 2021, United Airlines slowly began restoring meal service in first class. At the time the airline reintroduced meals on domestic flights of 1,500+ miles, and on hub-to-hub flights of over 800 miles.
However, most domestic flights of under 800 miles were served the dreaded packaged sandwiches. Yes, this is technically hot food, but not the good kind.
So a full service on a tray should be a great improvement for flights between 800 and 1,500 miles.
United international business class meal service changes
As of June 1, 2022, United Airlines will be largely restoring its pre-pandemic service in international business class (known as Polaris). Since the start of the pandemic, United has been serving meals all at once, with main courses generally served covered.
The service will finally be restored to something similar to what was offered pre-pandemic. This includes the reintroduction of a coursed meal offering, including table linens, and mixed nuts and a drink before the meal starts.
Also as of June 1, 2022, United will bring back spirits to international premium economy and economy, to accompany beer and wine. Liquor will be complimentary in premium economy, and will be available for purchase in economy.
United Airlines is further restoring its inflight service as of June 1, 2022. The airline will be bringing back “real” meals in domestic first class on flights of 800+ miles, while the airline will be restoring a coursed meal service in international business class.
While United was largely leading the way when it came to restoring pre-pandemic service at first (in mid-2021), the airline has been lagging a bit since then, as most competitors have restored pre-pandemic service at this point. It’s nice to see United finally catching up there.
What do you make of United restoring service in domestic first class and international business class?