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United Says 'Drinks On Us' For Those Traveling Overseas

April 23, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Hungry travelers, take heed. Your summer travel just got that much better if you’re heading overseas with United, as the carrier is upgrading and improving some of their in-flight food and beverage offerings.

Eating beforehand is probably still a solid recommendation for those flying in coach, but it does sound like United is making some kind of effort to provide economy passengers with a little more than the usual cabin fare. Beginning June 1 the carrier will introduce a three-course meal — or their version, at least.

Things will begin simple enough with some kind of variation of cheese and crackers. Main course options will include things like Tuscan ravioli and udon noodles with stir-fried vegetables, and all these entrées will be accompanied by salad and bread. After choking things down making a happy plate dessert will be provided, as gelato, mousse, and ice cream will all be in the rotation.

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Why You Should Absolutely Order the Brisket on Alaska Airlines

December 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM | by | ()

Up in the air dining just got a little bit better aboard Alaska Airlines, as the carrier has called on a local celebrity chef for their newest in-flight menu.

Tom Douglas is well known in the Seattle area for restaurants like Etta’s, Lola, and our favorite of his restaurant empire—the pizza joint known as Serious Pie. He's also the winner of James Beard awards and is on the radio on a regular basis. It was only a matter of time before he was approached to translate his flavors for 35,000 feet.

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Amazing Airline Meals: Alaska Airlines' First Class Oatmeal

July 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | ()

Here’s something to improve your morning, as it combines two of our favorite things—airlines and breakfast. Alaska Airlines adds some fun stuff to their blog now and then, and just the other day they included a recipe for some good looking oatmeal that they serve up in first class.

We’re hardly travel nutritionists over here, but we have to say that the ingredients below look pretty good. Most importantly they also look pretty darn tasty.

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Goose Island Beer Arrives on United's In-Flight Menu Next Week

June 27, 2014 at 7:38 AM | by | ()

There’s another carrier adding a little craft beer to the beverage cart, and this week it’s United bringing a hometown favorite right into the cabin.

Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery has been tapped—ha—to send over plenty of 312 Urban Wheat Ale over to United Airlines. The sudsy stuff will be offered up on flights across the globe, and the ale will even be available in United Club locations across the United States. It sounds like things should be on the menu beginning on July 1.

It’ll be $8 for those in the back of the plane, and those up front in business and first class can score some free of charge. If you’re enjoying a little while awaiting your flight you can expect to hand over $3 for a drink in the United Club.

Best of all there’s going to be a little bit of an in-flight happy hour on Tuesday—we’re guessing July 1—to welcome the new beer to 35,000-feet. Passengers flying between Chicago and Houston on United Flight 312 will score a beer for free.

[Photo: swanksalot]

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The Beverage Selection Gets an Upgrade with New Microbrews on Three Airlines

April 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

Treat yourself during your next flight, as airlines are adding better beers and beverages suitable for an in-flight toast. Here’s a few of the carriers doing the microbrew thing at 35,000-feet, and their newest additions to the up in the air menu:

Delta & SweetWater Brewing Company

No offense to the Budweiser and Coors Light crew, but there’s better things brewing in Delta’s beverage cart. Last month the carrier introduced a little local flavor to their in-flight menu, as they’re offering up something from Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company. Thanks to some new canning techniques sky-high distribution is now available, and you can enjoy some 420 Extra Pale Ale on select Delta flights. These will set you back $6, but for now are limited to flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia.

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Delta To Begin Serving Atlanta's SweetWater Brew in April

March 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM | by | ()

Next week brings good news to 35,000-feet for those looking for better beer options in the cabin, as Delta is set to bring a little Atlanta flavor right into the beverage cart.

SweetWater Brewing Company distribution has been limited to the Southeast, but now things are going sky high. One of the brewery’s best offerings—the 420 Extra Pale Ale—will be come an option up in the air aboard some Delta flights.

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United Goes Green, Ditches Foam Cups from the Beverage Cart

February 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

Get ready to burn your hands on that flavorful airplane coffee, as United Airlines has finally decided that styrofoam cups probably aren’t the best idea to be handing over to millions and millions of flyers.

Just the other day the airline announced that they’d be doing mother nature a solid, so they’re setting aside foam cups in the cabin in favor of ones which are a little kinder to the environment.

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Better Wine, Better Coffee, Better Service Coming to Delta's TransCon Flights

February 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM | by | ()

If you’re thinking of taking a transcontinental flight this summer you might want to check out Delta’s fares before selecting your carrier. We know they already have some stuff to make the ride a little bit better, like pretty much guaranteed WiFi, and there’s even a little more room—if you’re willing to pay for it—thanks to their Economy Comfort seating options. Now they’re kicking things up a notch, by boosting their offerings on some of their longest domestic flights down in the lower 48.

Flights between New York-JFK and spots like Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco are all getting the service upgrades. A lot of the stuff is for those flyersin the BusinessElite cabin, but there’s still enough good stuff leftover for those stuck in the back. Up front there’s going to be sparkling wine to get the party started, and the flight attendants will be passing out copies of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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Business Class Upgrades on Qantas Give You Everything But Your Binky

Where: Australia
October 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

The "Flying Kangaroo" just keeps cranking out new stuff lately. First we brought you the news about business class passengers will be treated to a chauffeur service on super long-haul flights. Now Qantas has further sweetened the deal for its premium flyers on those long, long flights with four service/amenity upgrades:

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Qantas Opens Doors for Their High Flyers...Car Doors

Where: Australia
October 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM | by | ()

Flying at the pointy end of the plane has its perks both in the air and on the ground. Qantas has made those perks even more appealing with the introduction of chauffeur service for passengers flying in First and Business class. Essentially, the airline is opening doors for its high rollers—car doors.

Chauffeur Drive is the not-so creative name of the service that is part of the Red Roo's tie-up with Emirates. Premium passengers flying on flights of 12 hours or more will be able to rock up to the airport in a luxury car. You will even be picked up when you arrive at your destination to be whisked off to your home or hotel, all included with your ticket.

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Frontier's New In-Flight Menu Now with 100% More 'Made in Colorado'

July 11, 2012 at 8:24 AM | by | ()

We knew that Frontier was all about the sudsy stuff up in the air, but now it looks like their expanding their pride to other in-flight items. Frontier is pretty darn excited to be from Colorado, and they’re starting to share their pride with one and all. The best part is that they’re doing it right through the in-flight menu.

Of course nothing is free, but at least when you’re spending your digital dollars up in the air you’re getting something somewhat unique. Earlier this month Frontier added local options like Boulder Canyon Kettle Chips, Evol Burritos, and Mountain Man Almond Chocolate Cherry Crunch trail mix to its menu. That’s in addition to other Colorado options like Colorado Native Beer, Blue Moon, Fat Tire Amber Ale, and of course Coors Light.

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No Naan for You: Air India Ditches Some Free In-Flight Meals

Where: India
February 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM | by | ()

There’s bad news for those who enjoy the in-flight catering aboard Air India flights, and that’s because it’s going away. Just like many of the airlines in the United States, Air India has decided to ditch in-flight meals for some of its passengers on some of its flights. Of course the blame falls squarely on the cost, but at least they still might throw a granola bar or something your way.

As of February 1, short-haul domestic flights received this new revised in-flight menu, and that means no more freebie meals for those in the economy cabin. For flights less than 90 minutes the typical breakfast, lunch, or dinner selections are gone, but in their place the airline is promising “heavy snacks and soft drinks.” Honestly, for less than 90 minutes we’d be happy with some in-flight Naan and a Diet Coke, but still, clearly this is an overall bummer.

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