United will improve first class meals on United Express

United is improving food in first class on many regional jet flights. That's the "Artisanal pretzel roll filled with tangy barbecue chicken and creamy coleslaw, paired with a tri-color quinoa side salad." Photo: United Airlines. 

United is improving food in first class on many regional jet flights. That's the "Artisanal pretzel roll filled with tangy barbecue chicken and creamy coleslaw, paired with a tri-color quinoa side salad." Photo: United Airlines. 

United Airlines is breaking out the china for many of its United Express flights. 

In another example traveling is improving in business and first classes, United announced a series of menu improvements Wednesday for passengers on larger regional jets. First class passengers on E175s and E170s will see changes on March 1, while those flying CRJ-700s and Q400s must wait until April. 

If you're traveling during breakfast, lunch or dinner, you'll be fed on flights longer than 2 hours, 20 minutes. Here are your meal highlights, straight from United.com. 

  • Breakfast may include Greek yogurt, cereal, muffin and fresh fruit
  • Lunch may offer a BBQ pulled chicken and coleslaw on a pretzel roll with tri-color quinoa side salad
  • Dinner may include an Asian-style ginger beef and pickled vegetable salad with Asian sesame dressing and a side of fresh fruit.
  • On all flights with a lunch or dinner meal service, Otis Spunkmeyer® chocolate chunk cookies are served as dessert.

United says meals will be served on China with proper silverware. I know for some of you, that's a big deal. Passengers now usually receive snack boxes and plastic silverware on these flights.

United will also serve meals on a handful of shorter flights, mainly for competitive reasons. Essentially, that means if Delta and American serve food on the route, United will too. Here are the exceptions for shorter flights:

  • Chicago O'Hare to and from Hartford, New York LaGuardia and New York/Newark
  • Houston Intercontinental to and from Mexico City
  • New York/Newark to and from Atlanta

Not flying during meal time? You'll still get some goodies. "On flights of less than one hour, gourmet biscotti will be served on early morning flights and a premium fruit and nut snack mix will be served on later flights," United said in the release. 

I know most people, including me, fly in coach. But I'd say just about any development that improves the flying experience is probably a good thing. What do you think?


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