United Airlines has announced a collaboration with Impossible Foods to finally offer a variety of new plant-based meals on flights. Impossible Meatball bowls are now being offered on the first-class menu for domestic flights traveling over 800 miles within the United States. Some airport lounges in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Newark will also begin serving Impossible plant-based sausage in their breakfast buffets and as an add-in for omelets.

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Aaron McMillan, the Managing Director of Hospitality and Planning for United, said, “We want our food offerings to evolve and change along with people’s preferences—we’re proud to work with Impossible Foods and think our customers are really going to love these new options.”

“To many travelers, the quality of food choices at the airport and in the sky are a really important part of the customer experience, so we’re invested in making sure our menu items exceed their expectations. This is the first of many updates we look forward to sharing in the months ahead.”

Delta Airlines recently also began working with Impossible Foods to add vegan and vegetarian options to their menu. Some flights traveling over 900 miles will now be offered plant-based meals for first-class and business class passengers, including Impossible Burger, a vegan lamb, and Impossible Meatballs.

Kristen Manion Taylor, Senior Vice President of In-Flight Service at Delta, said, “Not only are plant-based meats like Impossible Burger delicious to eat, but they’re also often better for the environment, using far less land and water to produce. These new options are one part of Delta’s broader mission to promote a wellness-focused travel journey.”

Plant-based options are becoming more plentiful, even in the sky. United competitors Emirates, Aegean, Air New Zealand, and Turkish Airlines also offer plant-based options. Air New Zealand served the Impossible Burger to Business Premier customers on flights from Auckland to Los Angeles. Emirates reported that in economy class, vegan meals are the third most commonly requested special meal.

Plant-based diets continue to increase in popularity across countries and industries. Better for your health and the planet, the increased availability of plant-based food benefits all of us.

Sometimes packing your snack is the best way to be prepared when traveling. During a long flight, you want to know that you’ll be well fed. Check out these quick and easy recipes from our Food Monster App to bring to the airport!

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