United expands relationship with Sodexo

United Airlines has made service leader Sodexo its single service partner for all United airport lounges, the airline said.

In partnership with Sodexo, the carrier will team with other hospitality industry leaders to offer United Club, Global First Lounge and United Arrivals Lounge visitors a richer, elevated and premium experience, working with:

Award-winning celebrity chef, author, educator and owner of restaurants, including the upcoming Blue Door Kitchen in Chicago, Art Smith, who as a culinary ambassador will contribute to United Club and lounge menu planning and design, as well as food presentations;

Renowned mixologist Adam Seger, who will oversee upgraded complimentary and premium spirits programs and bartender training; and

Disney Institute, which will provide world-class hospitality training and support for all Sodexo employees working in United Club locations.

From 2016 to 2018, United will continue to renovate United Club locations at the airline´s continental US hubs and key international cities, and to refresh clubs at other destinations around the world.

In many locations, including at United´s New York/Newark hub, the airline plans to expand the size of its clubs to offer more space for visitors to work, recharge or take care of their travel needs.

Renovated clubs will receive the modern, experience-focused design now available at recently renovated club locations in Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta and London, where customers can relax, refresh and be productive with a variety of conveniences, including comfortable seating, additional work stations and abundant power outlets.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 140 million customers. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.