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Enhancements coming - Pre-Departure Beverages...September 2011

Enhancements coming - Pre-Departure Beverages...September 2011

Old Aug 12, 11, 10:23 am
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Enhancements coming - Pre-Departure Beverages...September 2011

There has been much discussion about pre-departure beverages well here's a change as SMI/J would say I'm hoping you will like.

For pre-departure beverages they will start fulfilling individual requests instead of the pre-poured options you are used to seeing on domestic and international flights. The requests can include (wine, beer, alcohol, and soda).


Coffee....yes bye bye Starbucks and hello Journeys, United's Gourmet Custom Blend. We'll have to wait for the reviews to see how premium this product is.
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Old Aug 12, 11, 1:25 pm
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A big question my wife has:

She noticed champagne is available in first on CO flights but not on UA. Will UA get champagne in F??
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Old Aug 12, 11, 1:27 pm
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Originally Posted by kluau88 View Post
Coffee....yes bye bye Starbucks and hello Journeys, United's Gourmet Custom Blend. We'll have to wait for the reviews to see how premium this product is.
That coffee is TERRIBLE, I just bought a box of instant coffee packets to bring on the flights with me.
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Old Aug 12, 11, 5:52 pm
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Originally Posted by dmodemd View Post
A big question my wife has:

She noticed champagne is available in first on CO flights but not on UA. Will UA get champagne in F??
Well, as far as domestic CO service is concerned, it's not really champagne.....it's a French sparkling wine: J.P. Chenet Brut. It's OK but is a long way from classic French champagne. It is packaged in small single serving bottles with a screwtop-type arrangement.

J.P. Chenet Brut is available for purchase in Y and is complimentary in F. It also shows up on flights to/from the Caribbean and South America (on non-BF service flights) as well as "modified" BF flights to/from Hawaii.

Many times in F on CO they do not even have it properly chilled and ready to be served.....
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Old Aug 12, 11, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by zabes64 View Post
That coffee is TERRIBLE, I just bought a box of instant coffee packets to bring on the flights with me.
+1. The coffee is not good at all.
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Old Aug 12, 11, 6:07 pm
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Have the matrons been informed of this change. I am certain they do not approve...
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Old Aug 12, 11, 7:42 pm
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Have the matrons been informed of this change. I am certain they do not approve...
And I'm all but certain on my flight overseas on 3rd September that the matrons will not comply. I will get my choice of only 1 glass of either water, OJ or sparkling wine and I will like it!

If I do get asked my beverage preference I will faint onboard.
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Old Aug 12, 11, 7:59 pm
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Originally Posted by travelinmanS View Post
And I'm all but certain on my flight overseas on 3rd September that the matrons will not comply. I will get my choice of only 1 glass of either water, OJ or sparkling wine and I will like it!

If I do get asked my beverage preference I will faint onboard.
I must say, the pre-poured drinks on UA were odd for me, comiing from the CO side of things. Will be glad to see that ended.
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Old Aug 12, 11, 10:19 pm
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This has been standard policy on CO operated flights forever - glad to see it coming to UA.
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Old Aug 12, 11, 10:40 pm
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About time for UA to catch up!
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Old Aug 13, 11, 2:11 am
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Gas station coffee is better than the horrible stuff UA is now serving. Truly atrocious.
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Old Aug 13, 11, 5:55 am
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Originally Posted by g11 View Post
About time for UA to catch up!
PMUA use to be drink of choice for pre departure. Once UA cut staffing it went to the OJ or water for domestic and OJ , water or sparking wine for Int'l and if time permits and no in bond issues or late galleys other drinks on request.

FA's have been updated on the change (Not sure if all 15K have read it). The only delay I can see is on the Int'l side, As catering must board the paid duty bin that has the extra items that can be opened for pre departure.
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Old Aug 13, 11, 5:56 am
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Had personalized PDB choice on SFO-ORD last night!
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Old Aug 13, 11, 6:11 am
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Originally Posted by kluau88 View Post
For pre-departure beverages they will start fulfilling individual requests instead of the pre-poured options you are used to seeing on domestic and international flights. The requests can include (wine, beer, alcohol, and soda).

This may be the only change I like so far.
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Old Aug 13, 11, 6:21 am
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Originally Posted by travelinmanS View Post
And I'm all but certain on my flight overseas on 3rd September that the matrons will not comply. I will get my choice of only 1 glass of either water, OJ or sparkling wine and I will like it!

If I do get asked my beverage preference I will faint onboard.
Get ready to faint as the FA has already started taking custom preflight drink order on my LAX-ORD flight yesterday.
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