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UA To Bring Back Free Alcohol In Economy Class  
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9106 posts, RR: 15
Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 17672 times:

Go to: http://www.unitedairlines.com.hk/cor...lish/SI/inflight/meals/drinks.html

United Airlines to bring back free alcohol in all transpacific/inter-asia flights in economy class.

Finally UA is adding something FREE and not cutting/charging another item. Good work UA!

A complete joke that a lot of inferior airlines offerred free alcohol and UA did not.

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24322 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 17600 times:

This was announced a bit back, and is solely a regional change based on feedback.


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User currently offlineUnited1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5815 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 17458 times:



Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
United Airlines to bring back free alcohol in all transpacific/inter-asia flights in economy class.

UA implemented this on August 1st on all Intra Asia and Trans Pacific flights along with the revamped North American buy on board program.



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User currently offlineWowpeter From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2006, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 17238 times:



Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
Go to: http://www.unitedairlines.com.hk/cor...lish/SI/inflight/meals/drinks.html

United Airlines to bring back free alcohol in all transpacific/inter-asia flights in economy class.

Finally UA is adding something FREE and not cutting/charging another item. Good work UA!

A complete joke that a lot of inferior airlines offerred free alcohol and UA did not.

That's because they finally realize passenger who travels to Asia are not buying their inferior products...


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9106 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 17163 times:

Exactly.

Wonder when will they bring back hot meals on HKG-SIN as well as HKG-SGN. That two pieces of rubbish sandwiches=a complete joke+ridiculous

Did they offer free alcohol for transatlantic/domestic flights before? I mean in economy class.


User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1678 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 17113 times:



Quoting United Airline (Thread starter):
A complete joke that a lot of inferior airlines offerred free alcohol and UA did not.

Care to name a couple of those inferior airlines? I'd bet they have better onboard service overall than UA or any of the other US majors.

I'm surprised they had knocked off the free booze on Asia flights and not Australia. What would help there is if they finally get all their 747s equipped with decent PTVs in Y.


User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3197 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 17090 times:



Quoting OP3000 (Reply 5):
I'm surprised they had knocked off the free booze on Asia flights and not Australia. What would help there is if they finally get all their 747s equipped with decent PTVs in Y.

Thats because Aussies are quite loud about their expecation to have a drink! Delta quickly figured that one out too (albiet they figured out it was a good move for all long haul).


User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1800 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 17073 times:



Quoting OP3000 (Reply 5):
Care to name a couple of those inferior airlines? I'd bet they have better onboard service overall than UA or any of the other US majors.

US


User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3517 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 17043 times:

Ha! I didn't even realize UA wasn't offering free alcohol on trans-Pacific flights. But it's yet another example of why I always fly Japanese airlines to Japan. ANA actually walks around economy class with baskets of wine several times throughout the flight in between meal services, free for the taking. I can't remember whether JAL does this but I know alcohol has always been free.

I don't know how any US airlines expect to compete with boneheaded moves like this.



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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9106 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 16962 times:



Quoting OP3000 (Reply 5):
Care to name a couple of those inferior airlines? I'd bet they have better onboard service overall than UA or any of the other US majors.

The ones in third world countries.

Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 6):
Thats because Aussies are quite loud about their expecation to have a drink! Delta quickly figured that one out too (albiet they figured out it was a good move for all long haul).

I am a 1K member and I complained to UA about not having free alcohol onboard many times.

Not just Aussies. Hong Kong people love drinking too. Also Americans and of course Europeans. Red wine, white wine, martini, all sorts of other cocktails, whiskeys, brandy etc.......

Did UA offer free alcohol on domestic/transatlantic flights before? Wonder why they don't offer free alcohol on transatlantic flights


User currently offlinePtugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 16930 times:

Is this already in effect? I am flying ORD - NRT - BKK in couple days

User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 16904 times:

What's the big obsession with alcohol onboard. Are people such alcoholics that they can't go 12 hours without a drink? I only drink when I go out, so I don't drink alcohol onboard and it certainly would never be a reason for me to avoid an airline, and I doubt, at least Y pax, would avoid an airline because of this. The fare is way more important.


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User currently offlineOP3000 From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 1678 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 16856 times:



Quoting United Airline (Reply 4):
That two pieces of rubbish sandwiches=a complete joke ridiculous

Slightly off-topic, here is a ranking of the top-10 airline meals (mostly focused on F):

http://information.travel.aol.com/news-and-tips/airline-meals

Who knows, now that they've had a change of heart maybe UA will get into the Wagyu beef act too.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9106 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 16780 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 11):
What's the big obsession with alcohol onboard. Are people such alcoholics that they can't go 12 hours without a drink? I only drink when I go out, so I don't drink alcohol onboard and it certainly would never be a reason for me to avoid an airline, and I doubt, at least Y pax, would avoid an airline because of this. The fare is way more important.

UA charges similar if not higher fares than its rivals like SQ, CX etc. CX, SQ all ahve free alcohol on all flights. Made UA look stupid without free alcohol. I enjoy drinking moderate amount of alcohol onboard.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10728 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 16758 times:

United needs to offer better food on their long haul flights.

Their Economy meals are a disgrace.

Not much better food in Business only the decorum makes it nicer but the food quality itself is far from being outstanding.



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User currently offlinePylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 16651 times:

United is forced to do so. They compete with obviously better products.
If they fly IAD-DME they should follow Aeroflot, Delta and SQ - where free alcohol (wine, beer as a minimum) in Y class is a must - and served before any meal.
IAD-DME 9 hour flight must include 2 hot meals.
Same relates to AA and its ORD-DME flight.
Delta doesn't need teaching. Too many years of experience on this sector.
They used to offer beverages and 2 hot meals on ATL-SVO, JFK-SVO flights.
I am not talking about SQ - it's above all.

It relates to regular flights to Russia. But I guess the same situation relates to all all regions.
US operators easily understand that absence of service as a such on US domestic lines has nothing to do with international flights.
Simply because service does exist in the rest of the world.

I can tell for Russia - hot meals and beverages are served on all charter flights longer than 2 hours - which means ALL.
DIscounter airlines is another story though.
BETTER SERVICE FOR ALL!!!!


User currently offlineKappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16577 times:



Quoting United Airline (Reply 13):
UA charges similar if not higher fares than its rivals like SQ, CX etc. CX, SQ all ahve free alcohol on all flights. Made UA look stupid without free alcohol.

CX and SQ have superior service, regardless of alcohol onboard. That would be IMHO a more important deciding factor for which airline to choose.

Quoting United Airline (Reply 13):
I enjoy drinking moderate amount of alcohol onboard.

I know that lots op people do, I just wonder why alcohol on board seems so important.



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10728 posts, RR: 38
Reply 17, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16527 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 16):
I just wonder why alcohol on board seems so important.

Unless they are serving me the best of Krug or Dom like on Singapore First or Veuve Clicquot Grand Dame like they had on Concorde I take no caffeine or alcohol on flights.



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User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16463 times:

I have only done a couple of trans Pacific flights, to and from Asia, but I can attest to the fact that the passengers loved to drink. Lots of Japanese and Thai folks aboard and, after they drank the airplane dry, they broke out their own private stashes of booze and shared it with anyone who wanted a snort. Everyone was decent and polite but quite spiffed; it was a fun time and I think that I sang some songs in Japanese and Thai.

User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3197 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 16415 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 16):
I know that lots op people do, I just wonder why alcohol on board seems so important.

It's a cultural thing in some countries...and its not in others. If you come from a country were it is the social norm, such as mine, its quite unusual not to if you're not working and its 'relax' time. In fact on that note i think I might just open a bottle of Merlot right about now!


User currently offlinePylon101 From Russia, joined Feb 2008, 1392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 16250 times:

I should add to my posting above that I myself don't drink alcohol at all as I am off the vagon (on the vagon?) for 13 years  Smile
Nevertheless, if there is free alcohol available on board - there is a good food.
These things are related.


User currently offlineShamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4105 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week ago) and read 16120 times:



Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 19):
It's a cultural thing in some countries...and its not in others. If you come from a country were it is the social norm, such as mine, its quite unusual not to if you're not working and its 'relax' time. In fact on that note i think I might just open a bottle of Merlot right about now!

Well, its definitely a cultural thing in my country  Wink, but no one has objected too loudly to the fact that Aer Lingus, and indeed all the long haul airlines flying here (except Etihad) have or do charge for alcoholic drinks.

While it's nice to get it for free, I do understand that i'm buying transport when I buy an airline ticket, and when I pay perhaps just 350 euro to fly to New York, I dont really have a right to expect a cordon bleu meal, and as much booze as I can possibly consume!

Maybe we have just become more accustomed to this concept in Ireland because Low fares airlines are so dominant in the market here.



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User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3197 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (4 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 16049 times:



Quoting Shamrock604 (Reply 21):
Maybe we have just become more accustomed to this concept in Ireland because Low fares airlines are so dominant in the market here.

Also its not like they're long haul's from Ireland. Very different situation to say, Sydney.


User currently offline777law From Monaco, joined Jul 2006, 203 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15943 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 11):
What's the big obsession with alcohol onboard.

I generally prefer not to drink on long-haul flights as it tends to make the jet lag worse after a 14 or 15 hour flight. You'd think then, that I'd care less about whether or not an airline charges for alcohol on long-haul flights. But it is a big deal for me. If nothing else it's sort of a 'canary-in-the-coalmine' for me. If an airline isn't offering free liquor on long haul chances are the service and all other in-flight services are going to suck. Free liquor (in Econ) tends to suggest that the airline cares about the comfort of the passenger.

The relationship is not direct but if an airline starts charging for liquor (when it was once free) its likely there are a host of other services and comforts being cut or charged. Hopefully, UA's re-introduction of free liquor in Econ combined with a number other changes made to passenger services recently is a sign of good things to come.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26495 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (4 years 8 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 15794 times:



Quoting Kappel (Reply 11):
What's the big obsession with alcohol onboard. Are people such alcoholics that they can't go 12 hours without a drink?

Exactly. No free drink is no big deal. If you cant go without an Alcoholic drink for a flight then there is something seriously wrong with you.



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25 SR117 : I don't think it's about people not being able to drink for 12 hours, it's about service. Having a drink to relax makes the passing of time somewhat s
26 CARST : What is the "real enhancement"? Flying is not a party, why have alcohol on-board airplanes?
27 Anonms : Well, sometimes Nyquil isn't quite enough to conk you to sleep.
28 Avek00 : United offers superior legroom through Economy Plus, and good TPAC schedule connectivity. IMHO, both more important factors than how many times the F
29 Lufthansa : What...nothing about the most wonderful? hehe... sorry I couldn't resist!
30 MHO : They almost ALL did, until a few short years ago.
31 Kaiarahi : It's not a restaurant, so why have food? It's not a hotel, so why have beds? It's not a cinema or living room, so why have IFE? etc., etc.
32 USAirALB : In my opinion, they should still make you purchase booze in Y and use that money saved to bring back free meals in Y.
33 Norlander : Free alcohol is both a cultural thing, a service standard, and has it's functions. When flying short hops the alcohol doesn't make for a big differenc
34 Khobar : I thought people only cared about cheap tickets. LOL. That's an extremely ignorant charge to make. When you hit CAT it certainly can be a party. ) Ab
35 Panamair : Meals have always been free (and continue to be for now) in long-haul Y on all carriers. Food for purchase is only applicable to domestic U.S. flight
36 Kappel : That's quite a strong statement. Care to back up why it's ignorant? Excuse me, extremely ignorant even... Because I can take a few hours without alco
37 Caleb1 : Alcohol at one time was available free of charge on US carriers. I remember this quite well.
38 Aerecosse : didn't realise that any scheduled carrier (long haul) made you pay for meals, even in economy. Thankfully I haven't had the misfortune of flying long
39 Spacecadet : Are people such food addicts that they can't go 12 hours without food? See above. Same thing. Yes I know, you need food to live. But a healthy person
40 Panamair : It was not complimentary back in the Pan Am and TWA days; the US carriers then went with the complimentary system in the 1990s, but went back to char
41 FlyCaledonian : It's not free folks, it's inclusive in your fare. UA and those other airlines aren't just giving the stuff away free because those nice people at the
42 Baexecutive : Actually the correct term used should be complimentary
43 Kappel : You'r kidding right? Comparing a necessity to live (food) to alcohol is... well, let's put it this way, not even in the same league. Yes, very enjoya
44 Dc9northwest : So, people like to get high while they're flying. I guess that if cocaine was legal airlines should offer that freely as well. I mean, think about it,
45 Letsgetwet : When I go to a restaurant, I don't expect to get a free drink with my meal. Why should I expect a free drink when I buy a flight? If I really feel lik
46 OA260 : Certainly not the same thing. I think there is a general acceptable average for a longhaul flight. Meal / Soft drinks / Water / Tea or Coffee. Those
47 Kaiarahi : Or a free flight, or IFE. What's your point?
48 FlyASAGuy2005 : Why not? We can go around and around about the matter. There are those that will be for and against it. Doesn't make it right or wrong. The REAL diff
49 Hamad : I don't understand this concept either. i used to drink when i lived in arizona, but only occasionally when i went out with my friends. after i moved
50 ArmitageShanks : I agree. I only drink Dalmore 62 Single Malt on my flights or I'm not going.
51 United Airline : Any full service carriers not offerring free alcohol onboard? CX, SQ, MH, JAL, QF offer free alcohol on ALL flights
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