June 30 2017  |  Catering

United updates menus and snackboxes

By Rick Lundstrom

United Airlines passengers can choose a slice of Chicago with personal-size Uno's deep-dish pizza starting July 1.

United passengers will also have more Choice Menu options, including Bistro on Board items like the breakfast egg white flatbread; Uno's deep dish spinach, cheese and garlic pizza; Thai-style Chicken Ciabatta sandwich; and the new, Mediterranean-inspired Protein Box, featuring a healthy mix of almonds, sesame sticks, roasted red pepper hummus and cracked wheat salad. 

United has also refreshed some of its popular Snack Shop items, including the Tapas Box, a passenger favorite. The updated Tapas Box includes flatbread crackers, almonds, bruschetta, cheese spread, hummus, olive crackers, dried fruit, ginger mints and a sea salt dark chocolate caramel. 

"As part of our ongoing commitment to putting our customers at the center of everything we do, we are always listening to their feedback when it comes to food choices on board our flights," said Jimmy Samartzis, United's Vice President of Catering Operations. "Our customers told us they are craving pizza, and we heard them. We are excited to offer two new options – a breakfast egg white flatbread served on morning flights and deep dish pizza from hometown favorite Uno's on afternoon and evening flights."

All new menu items and refreshed snack boxes will be available for purchase on flights within the U.S. with a scheduled flight time of more than 3.5 hours and on all international flights from the U.S. to Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Snack Shop items including the Tapas, Classic, Select and Ben Flyin’ Kid's snack boxes are available on all flights over 1.5 hours within North America, including the Caribbean and select Latin American cities, Singapore and Australia.

United's popular cheeseburger and fries ($11.99) will remain on the menu. United will expand its onboard beer list to include New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA beginning September 1. 

Also starting July 1, United will provide Economy Plus on its premium transcontinental passengers (BOS-SFO, EWR-LAX and EWR-SFO in both directions) a complimentary hot fresh entrée, dessert and fruit, a pre-arrival snack and alcoholic beverages.

Sample menu selections include savory roasted chicken with a smoked barbecue sauce and butternut squash tortellini with sage cream sauce. Dessert options will include cheesecake, as well as a chocolate brownie and fresh seasonal fruit.

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