United Airlines wine

The Aussie wine United Airlines passengers love

September 3, 2019
By Alana House

United Airlines has revealed the most popular alcoholic beverages among its passengers, with wine the most ordered drop. And a Margaret River chardonnay is one of their favourites.

Over the last six months, more than 230,600 orders of Woody Cape Shiraz were served on United flights. The second most-ordered wine was Camelot Chardonnay; Wente Vineyards’s came in third and Robert Oatley’s Chardonnay was in the number four position.

The airline poured more than 22,600 bottles of Margaret River wine.

Robert Oatley Chardonnay; United Airlines wine

United’s top spirits

The top five spirits sold in United Airlines Economy (business class drinks are complementary) are:

1. Wheatley Vodka

2. Jack Daniels

3. Bacardi

4. Buffalo Trace

5. Bombay Sapphire

Over the past six months, over 425,000 Wheatley Vodkas minis were sold; while Jack Daniels sold around 200,000 minis.

When it comes to beer, Stella Artois makes up the bulk of on-board beer sales.

Over the last six months, more than 112,000 bottles of Stella Artois were sold during United’s domestic and international flights.

As for mixed drinks, The Paper Plane is the United Airlines’ most popular signature cocktails, containing bourbon, lemon, Aperol and Amaro Nonino.

Passengers on the airline will soon be able to mix their own drinks on board. United is about to start offering in-flight carry-on cocktail kits, contain everything you need – including small spoons, sugar, bitters but not the alcohol – to make your own in-flight cocktails.

Qantas passengers prefer bubbles

In June, Qantas creative director of food, beverage and service Neil Perry told the Australian Financial Review that just under one million glasses of bubbly are poured in its first and business cabins every year, mainly Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blanc 2006.

All up, Qantas customers drink five million bottles of wine and champagne every year. The bulk of the bubbly – about two glasses per passenger – is consumed pre-flight in the lounges.

Once on board, shiraz and sauvignon blanc are the more popular alcoholic choices, along with pinot noir.

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