There’s no better way to toast the start of your holiday than sitting up in the clouds with your drink of choice in hand – which leads us to ask: what are passengers most likely to drink at 30,000ft?
TERMINAL U asked some major airlines what your most popular drink requests are. Here’s the lowdown:
Drinking for the ‘sake’ of it?
Sake is often thought of as Japan’s national drink, but surprisingly its popularity doesn’t filter through to the country’s national carrier, JAL where “shochu” rather than sake is the tipple of choice in first class. While sake is only made from rice, Sochu is considered a versatile distilled liquor and can be made from barley, buckwheat, sweet potatoes and sugar.
Salon champagne – considered to be among the finest and most expensive champagnes on the market – is also popular among the first class crowd. This bottle of vintage chardonnay would set you back upwards of €400 a bottle.
And who would have thought that beer would be the most popular drink to fly off the in-flight trolleys in economy?
JAL’s Top 3 drinks served in-flight
JAL First Class Suite:
- Morizou (Japanese shochu)
- Champagne Salon
JAL Executive Class Seasons:
- Yamazaki (Japanese whisky)
Passengers on the Philippines’ budget flag carrier, Cebu Pacific prefer to indulge in a cup of steaming café mocha over a soft drink.
In fact, chocolate-based drinks are the biggest hit among Filipinos on the airline’s buy-on board menu, with hot chocolate the second most requested drink.
Cebu Pacific’s Top 3 drinks served in-flight
- Café Mocha
- Hot Chocolate
- 3C2 Cool and Clean Green Tea in apple and lemon flavours
Boozy drinks make up American Airlines’ top three most popular drinks overall, where the trend is much stronger for vodka-based and scotch blended drinks over alternatives like soft drinks and water.
American Airlines’ Top 3 drinks served in-flight
- Vodka (mixed with tonic, orange juice or cranberry juice)
- Scotch (blended mixed with water, soda or straight)
- Red wine
It’s a similar picture on Virgin Atlantic, who told us that wine, gin and vodka are most likely to be requested from economy passengers, and champagne and sparkling wine in Premium Economy and Upper class.
Virgin Atlantic’s Top drinks served in-flight
- Champagne and sparkling wine
- Wine, gin and vodka.