A few weeks ago I was flying in United First from SFO to ORD, and I ordered the steak salad for dinner. I was pretty disappointed when my salad only had three tiny pieces of steak in it.As I was eating the salad, I was thinking to myself that the offerings on United’s Choice Menu are far superior to this steak salad. It really drove home the fact that not only are first class meals getting worse, but also that United (and many other airlines!) are doing great things to improve their buy on board menus. The next day, I was in economy on US Airways flying back to San Francisco through Charlotte. I didn’t have time to pick up food in the airport so I figured I would try one of their salads for purchase.
So… it was a pretty good chicken caesar salad! I mean… look at all that chicken! It comes with a fresh lemon that you can squeeze on the salad, and I was pretty happy with it. I was comparing it with the United Choice Menu, and in the end, I still felt that the United product was superior, mostly due to selection. United has multiple salads to choose from, and US Airways only has this one. Furthermore, United’s presentation is a bit better. In the end, I felt United’s was best, but only by a small margin. And then I realized… This US Airways $7 salad was WAY better than the steak salad I ate the day before in United First Class! LEGACY CARRIERS, MAKE BETTER FOOD FOR PREMIUM CABINS!