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United airlines serving Trader Vic's Mai Tais!!!
PremEx
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Posted: 2006-09-21 11:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2006-09-21 08:29, sweetpea wrote:
Did any of the untied folks notice or comment on your
shirt?



Well, one thing about Flight Attendant seniority is that Hawaii is so popular and so many of the "old timers" have semi-retired to Hawaii...that the Hawaii flights are the ones where you consistently get many of the older FAs that are keeping their employment benefits alive. And it's those older FAs that seem to notice my United/Disneyland/Tiki shirt most often. Probably because they visited Disneyland a lot in those days when United sponsored the attraction.

So, yes...it's been spotted many times, but mostly by the older gals.

I don't wear it on every flight over and back, but usually on at least one of them.

When you've been flying United as often and sometimes to the same places, and as many years as I have...you start to know some of the FAs pretty well. Some are like family!

Here's a shot of a great gal that's like an older sister to me, that we ran into on our return flight. Her name is Beverly and she's been with United since...well...I better not tell you. But she's #2 in seniority in the entire company! The other gal is Marianne...who I've flown with many, many times too and who we hung out with in Tokyo on one of our trips about 4 years ago:



Not the United/Disneyland/Tiki aloha shirt there. But a Mickey Mouse one instead.




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papa oo maumau
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Posted: 2006-09-24 05:35 am   Permalink

I Love this thread!!!

 
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Posted: 2006-09-24 1:17 pm   Permalink

Found this picture from an early 70's Boeing sales brochure for the 747. Note the wall decor behind the lounging couple.



 
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Posted: 2006-09-24 4:02 pm   Permalink

Here's what that same 747 upstairs lounge (and the same seat that that couple is sitting in) looked like much later (and looks today in storage) when they retired that bird:



Note the decor has changed to a more "smoked glass" look of the 70's. Sure miss those upstairs "Piano Lounges" on those old 747's.

Back to United's Trader Vic's promotion...United has had an on-again/off-again relationship with Trader Vic's for decades. Here's some publicity shots of one of their earlier promotions that show Vic himself with some United Flight Attendants and some of United's Executive Chefs. Take a look at the photo on the bottom left, of the spread of Vic's food they used to serve in First Class back then!





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Posted: 2006-09-24 10:20 pm   Permalink

Those days are gone for good - you could never get those wooden skewers and Bacardi 151 through security!

It's also sad to be reminded how great an airline United once was. Last time I flew United to the mainland, the right speaker on my headset stopped working. I went to the aft of the plane and asked a steward for another one. He grabbed the headset, threw it in the trash, and said "All the equipment on this airline is shit!"

Comforting words at 30,000 feet.

Trader Vic food and drink is at least a step in the right direction, and should help passengers (and hopefully crew) ease into the Aloha Spirit.


 
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Posted: 2006-11-25 3:39 pm   Permalink

Just came across my old Trader Vic's United Airlines Recipe book that they gave away to First Class passengers back in the 1970's. This one is dated March 1972. It's 8x10 inches in size, printed on heavy textured card stock. It's kind of fun to read and has some nice funky 70's Menehune art in it. Enjoy!


























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Posted: 2006-11-25 3:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks for posting the recipe book. Love the artwork.

 
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Posted: 2006-11-29 12:26 pm   Permalink

Here's another old Trader Vic/United Airlines item from 1972...special Trader Vic Routes!







 
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Posted: 2006-11-30 10:47 am   Permalink

I love what's being posted here. Terrific images. So, PremEx, let's get to the important question: How do the Mai Tai's on the flights taste? I wouldn't expect them to be as good as the real deal since I'm sure they're made from a mix. But they might be good enough to make the trip enjoyable.

 
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Posted: 2006-11-30 12:21 pm   Permalink

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So, PremEx, let's get to the important question: How do the Mai Tai's on the flights taste? I wouldn't expect them to be as good as the real deal since I'm sure they're made from a mix. But they might be good enough to make the trip enjoyable.



They're excellent for semi-scratch ones...IMHO, and we always look forward to them! They use the Trader Vic's Mai Tai Mix (not the pre-made Mai Tai with booze already included stuff). In First Class they start with Trader Vic's Mai Tai Mix, fresh squeezed lime juice, then a float of Trader Vic's Dark Rum (sometimes they substitute Meyer's Dark Rum...must be an inventory issue), garnished with a United Tiki swizzle-stick with pineapple spear, lime slice, and a cherry. In a real Mai Tai glass. Most often they also have Trader Vic's Silver Rum onboard too, and they ask if you'd like both light and dark rums, or have a preference for one over the other. But the default is the dark rum. Back in Economy they're doing basically the same thing without as much garnish and in a standard airline cocktail plastic cup.

So IMHO...United does a great job with their airborne Mai Tais. At United's private membership Red Carpet Club at Honolulu Airport...one of the bartenders makes fantastic Mai Tais from scratch! And you can sit there by the window to enjoy it while looking at your final view of Diamond Head past the runways.

The Trader Vic's food items in First are a selection of 3 Vic's entrées and assorted accompaniments using Trader recipes and ingredients. Ice Cream sundae topped with the Trader's Praline sauce topping. Very nice.

United has had a long on again/off again relationship with Trader Vic's over the years. This one is just their latest.

United is one of the only major legacy airlines that serves Mai Tais to/from Hawaii. Even when there is no official Trader Vics marketing promo going on...United serves basically the same Mai Tai...only sometimes substituting Mr. T's Mai Tai Mix for the Traders brand. But even then...most of the time it's Traders.

My United collection has tons of old Trader Vics/United paraphernalia in it. Tiki swizzlers, tiki coasters, glasses, promotional tiki key chains, etc, etc. Even United/Trader cookbooks that were sold in stores.

United's pretty much the only one of the majors where you get some Aloha spirit to Hawaii. Most of the others...it's just a flight like any other.

Although I do miss the old days when the United Flight Attendants (or Stewardesses as they were known then) wore special Aloha uniforms and mumus.


 
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Posted: 2006-11-30 5:40 pm   Permalink

Thanks PremEx. That's good to hear. We're heading to Hawaii on vacation sometime next year (first timers) and United just might be the ticket to get us there! Although first class is probably not in the cards.

 
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Posted: 2006-11-30 8:45 pm   Permalink

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Thanks PremEx. That's good to hear. We're heading to Hawaii on vacation sometime next year (first timers) and United just might be the ticket to get us there! Although first class is probably not in the cards.



I'm headed to Honolulu on January 23rd on United for a quick 3 nighter Waikiki trip. I'll try to pay better attention to what they're serving in Economy and give an updated report for you on my return.


 
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Posted: 2007-02-06 7:31 pm   Permalink

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[i]On 2006-11-30 20:45, PremEx wrote:

I'm headed to Honolulu on January 23rd on United for a quick 3 nighter Waikiki trip. I'll try to pay better attention to what they're serving in Economy and give an updated report for you on my return.



Here's that report I promised:

Back in Economy on United they are serving the exact same Mai Tai as I described above in First Class...only in the standard plastic cocktail cup instead of a Mai Tai glass. Five bucks a pop. Darn good Mai Tais for an airline.

Back in Economy you have to pay $5 for any meal you order, but according to reports I've heard and read about on flyertalk.com...the Trader Vic's boxed meals are getting pretty darn good reviews. Here's some info from United's web site on those Economy meals:

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Sandwich
Served on flights departing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Trader Vic’s Turkey Wrap
Sliced mesquite turkey breast topped with crisp iceberg lettuce and sliced cucumber surrounded by a wasabi mayonnaise spread in a fresh tortilla wrap.

Trader Vic's Maui Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Oriental sliced chicken breast topped with provolone cheese, sliced red onion, and crisp iceberg lettuce with Trader Vic’s chutney mayonnaise blend, served on an Asiago cheese roll.

Trader Vic’s Roast Beef Sandwich
Thinly sliced roast beef, topped with Swiss cheese, sliced fresh red peppers and crisp romaine lettuce with a whole grain mustard mayonnaise, served on a Ciabatta roll.

Each served with a bag of chips.

Salad
Served on flights departing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chinatown Sesame Chicken Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce and radicchio, topped with sliced marinated sesame chicken, mandarin oranges, cucumber and sesame seed, served with an Asian sesame ginger dressing. Accompanied by a selection of fresh seasonal mixed fruit.

Harvest Moon Chopped Turkey Salad
Crisp Romaine lettuce topped with roasted turkey breast, chopped walnuts, Granny Smith apples, tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, dried cranberries and olives, served with an Asian sesame ginger dressing. Accompanied by a selection of fresh seasonal fruit.

Hawaiian Chicken Salad
Grilled Oriental chicken breast, toasted macadamia nuts, pineapple, sliced red onion, tomato and hearts of palm, served atop a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, served with a honey Dijon dill vinaigrette dressing. Accompanied by a selection of fresh seasonal mixed fruit.



United also does a "Halfway To Hawaii" game onboard...where you can win some prizes if you come closest to guessing the time at which your plane hits the geographical half-way point to Hawaii.

So, other that the pretty good Mai Tais, decent Vic's food items, and the halfway game...there's no other "Aloha" business going on. The flight attendants used to have special alohawear...but no more. Still, it's a lot more than any other major does.

Now...from an inquiry I made on your behalf on FlyerTalk asking "Who's got the best economy service to Hawaii with Aloha spirit?"...the general consensus other than United Airlines, was Hawaiian Airlines. That alternative was based on local flight attendants and alohawear that gives a bit of island flavor to your flight. But Hawaiian Airlines Mai Tais were pretty much panned as awful...the kind that's pre-made with booze already in it outta a can or something.

So I think your best bets would be United or Hawaiian.

One more thing about United though. They have the forward section of the Economy cabin designated as "Economy Plus." This special section has a few more inches of legroom at each seat, than the rest of Economy. Seats in this section are available for no extra charge to elite members of their Mileage Plus program (those that fly more than 25,000 miles a year). However...they do sell the ability to snag one of these Economy Plus seats to the general public, for a $49 surcharge per flight. Just something else to consider.

Hope this helps a bit.


 
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Posted: 2007-02-07 05:36 am   Permalink

Great ephemora...those pictures are great. Lucky to get a pillow and pretzels these days on a plane.
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GatorRob
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Posted: 2007-02-08 09:36 am   Permalink

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On 2007-02-06 19:31, PremEx wrote:
Now...from an inquiry I made on your behalf on FlyerTalk asking "Who's got the best economy service to Hawaii with Aloha spirit?"...the general consensus other than United Airlines, was Hawaiian Airlines. That alternative was based on local flight attendants and alohawear that gives a bit of island flavor to your flight. But Hawaiian Airlines Mai Tais were pretty much panned as awful...the kind that's pre-made with booze already in it outta a can or something.

So I think your best bets would be United or Hawaiian.


As it turns out, we're flying Hawaiian out and Aloha back due to departure times, cost, etc. Do you know how Aloha ranks?

Thanks for the info PremEx!


 
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