American Airlines has announced that, as of 1 February, they are providing complimentary beer and wine to customers in the main cabin on board international flights from the US to Europe and Asia as well as select flights from the US to Latin America. From their fine print:
Complimentary Beer and Wine Service is available in international main cabins onboard international flights between the U.S. and Europe, the U.S. and Asia and select flights between the U.S. and Latin America, including: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (CNF); Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil (BSB); Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE); Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (GIG); Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU); Santiago, Chile (SCL); Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD); Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (SSA); and Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (REC). Beer and wine offerings will vary by flight.
As they are today, all nonalcoholic beverages will remain as complimentary offerings in all classes of service and all beverages will remain as complimentary offerings in First and Business Class.
This is a very welcome benefit for those of us with families who typically fly main cabin. While I’m not one to drink much on a flight, it’s nice to have the option for some wine with dinner. The biggest drawback is that there will be 347% more people who end up hammered on flights if the flight attendants are not closely monitoring intake.
So, there you have it, I’ll certainly be taking advantage of this on an upcoming Europe flight where, I suspect, it will be necessary.
And yes, the pun was completely intended 🙂