United Airlines allies with illycaffe

United Airlines and illycaffe are creating a new alliance that will offer the Italian company´s delicious premium blend to delight customers on board and in United Club locations worldwide.

Beginning next month, United will offer illy´s signature scuro dark roast and the coffee company´s espresso in United Club locations at the airline´s mainland US hubs. Other lounge locations will offer illy in 2016, with the scuro dark roast coming to flights worldwide next summer.

Chosen after extensive testing with United customers and employees — including in-flight taste tests — illy reflects the airline´s global network as well as United´s commitment to creating an elevated, distinctive premium experience for its customers.

Based in Trieste, Italy, with more than 80 years of history in the coffee industry, illy´s distinct flavor comes from a unique blend of the top one percent of Arabica beans, purchased directly from the best growers in Brazil, Central America, India and Africa.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 352 airports across six continents.