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I’ve been pretty vocal around my feelings about United’s catering. (See Prison Food is Better than Polaris.) It’s awful and there is justification other than cost cutting when all of the other major carriers offer better food offerings. United announced recently that it was adding some new complimentary snacks to Economy Class. It looks like they’re continuing those changes with some additions to the pointy end of the plane.
Hot Towels & Mixed Nuts Return
Beginning on March 1st, hot towels and mixed nuts will be provided in First Class on all domestic flights over 801 miles (with the exception of morning flights not getting nuts). This takes things back to the level of service offered pre-pandemic. It’s good to see the return, but it’s nothing to get excited about.
New United Snack Offerings
It looks like United is also bringing back its snack basket with the following new items:
- Lemon Berry Gourmet Cookies
- SkinnyPop Popcorn
- Madi K Black Pepper Almonds
- Solely Mango Jerky
- DOTS Gumdrops
This is a vast improvement to the pathetic pretzels United has been handing out in First Class for the past few years.
Anthony’s Take: United is also promising a new menu. I’ll believe that when I see it and I doubt much thought or investment will be made here. It’s good to see nuts and towels returning (as they should have years ago). The snack basket also makes United a bit more competitive and in line with other carriers. No real innovation here, but I’m happy that United is at least trying to improve. We’ll see how this all rolls out.
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