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United Airlines to Bring Customers Coffee's 'Gold Standard' with illy Premium Blend

CHICAGO, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines and illycaffe are creating a new alliance that will offer the Italian company's delicious premium blend to delight customers on board and in United Club locations worldwide.

Beginning next month, United will offer illy's signature scuro dark roast and the coffee company's espresso in United Club locations at the airline's mainland U.S. hubs. Other lounge locations will offer illy in 2016, with the scuro dark roast coming to flights worldwide next summer.

Not Just a Cup of Coffee
Chosen after extensive testing with United customers and employees – including in-flight taste tests – illy reflects the airline's global network as well as United's commitment to creating an elevated, distinctive premium experience for its customers.

Based in Trieste, Italy, with more than 80 years of history in the coffee industry, illy's distinct flavor comes from a unique blend of the top one percent of Arabica beans, purchased directly from the best growers in Brazil, Central America, India and Africa.

Noted for its strong commitment to sustainability, illy's internationally certified supply chain includes farmers who earn above-market prices in exchange for meeting quality standards – enabling the company to offer world-class blends.

A recent Wine Spectator magazine article praised the coffee, saying it "has become a gold standard in high-end restaurants and five-star hotels around the world."

"Our collaboration with illy is helping to make the world feel a bit smaller and making flying that much more special, simply by way of a perfect cup of coffee," said Jimmy Samartzis, United's vice president of food services and United Clubs. "By serving the world's most well-known premium coffee in our clubs and on board, we are communicating an experience to our customers and our employees with the quality and care that comes with every cup."

"It's truly an honor for illy to be selected as the worldwide coffee partner for United Airlines. The process and final decision to choose illy demonstrates United's deep commitment to providing its customers the highest quality products and experiences," said Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of illycaffe s.p.a. "Our new relationship with United Airlines is also a testament to our passion for the best and recognition that the illy brand is the world's reference for coffee culture and excellence."

Illy will be complimentary on every flight and when offered in United's lounges.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:30 am
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Coming soon to United: illy’s world-class coffee

Hi everyone,

We’re excited to announce that we have selected illycaffe to be our new coffee partner on flights worldwide and in United Clubs. Beginning as soon as next month, illy’s signature scuro dark roast and espresso will be served in United Club locations at our mainland U.S. hubs. Other lounge locations will offer illy in 2016, with the scuro dark roast coming to flights worldwide next summer.

Some of you have been involved in the extensive taste testing process and others have provided passionate feedback regarding the importance of coffee. With all of the insight we received, we landed on illy as it reflects our global network as well as our commitment to creating a premium experience.

For more, see our post on United Airtime.

-UA Insider

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Great news!!
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Great news!! And a great choice of brand, IMO!^
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:33 am
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Very happy to hear this.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by UA Insider View Post
We’re excited to announce that we have selected illycaffe to be our new coffee partner on flights worldwide and in United Clubs.
Soooo long fresh poo
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:34 am
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EXCELLENT CHOICE!

Great news indeed. Thanks for the heads up and making us coffee drinkers happy!

Now, instead of the "free drink for 1K" promo if we could make it "free cappuccino for 1K" onboard...... (hey, a guy can dream right?!)

Thanks again -- glad to see United is listening and picked a real winner. Wonder if this is what I had when I boarded EWR-DEN the other day? Clearly a different coffee than the usual (and different than what I had inflight!)
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:34 am
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with the scuro dark roast coming to flights worldwide next summer
Looks like quite a bit more Via in my future.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:37 am
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Coming soon to United: illy’s world-class coffee

Finally a change I can get behind! Great news.
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:38 am
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Will espresso be served onboard aircraft again?
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Great choice for a global brand. Joining Cathay and ANA serving it.

And Peets was far too Bay Area provincial.

8 month wait though...
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:43 am
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please put cappuccino makers on board now!
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Awesome news! I would love if they would serve the little iced espresso shot drinks. Those are good for a can.

I just wish we could get it a bit faster.... Summer is a long ways away. Either way, I'm happy it's not Peets!
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Old Nov 19, 15, 9:54 am
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Excellent choice!! I have one of their espresso makers and love it (with their espresso pods).
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A change I will like!!
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Old Nov 19, 15, 10:15 am
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Although this is only one tiny step in the right direction, all I can say what a stark contrast between Oscar and Jeff. Let's hope for more good things to
happen.
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