United to Serve French Fries In Flight

by Anthony Losanno
United Plane

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It’s no secret that I have been incredibly critical of United’s in-flight catering. Heck, I’ve even thought it’s premium Polaris meals were akin to what is served in prison (read more here). One of the safe choices on domestic United flights for the past few years has been its burger. When the meals have been particularly uninspired up front, I have many times requested one from Economy. United also recently added the burger as an option if you pre-order your meal in First Class on select domestic flights. Now, this burger has varied in toppings, what it comes with, etc. through the years in both Economy and First Class, but it’s always been a decent burger and usually is better than other options. One thing that has been consistently missing is the burgers other half: French fries. As View from the Wing reported this morning, they’re coming soon.

French Fries

These have not historically been served on purpose. There are no deep fryers on planes and heating them in ovens can be tricky. Fries can become rock hard or soggy if not done well.

An internal United memo reveals that French fries will become available with the burger beginning next Wednesday, May 10th. I look forward to tasting these and reporting back. I’ll take fries over grain salad any day.

Anthony’s Take: It will be interesting to see if United can pull this off. I don’t have much faith in its catering, but if done right this could be a real treat.

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1 comment

Christian May 4, 2023 - 11:05 am

As a 1K, I can say United has horrible catering and cannot even get the basics done decently compared to all the other airlines. When I travel in Polaris internationally, I know I should bring on a granola bar or a bag of pretzels or I’m going to starve. I can just imagine the discussion at a UA catering meeting…..we can’t do anything right so why not go all in and try french fries.


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