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United Airlines is bringing back its beloved ice cream sundae cart for business-class passengers on all long-haul international flights

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United polaris first ice cream sundaeDuring the pandemic, the sundae cart was replaced with pre-packaged ice cream.

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  • United Airlines says its ice cream sundae cart is returning to long-haul flights.
  • The cart was a fan-favorite before it was discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The sundae is currently only available on select flights from San Francisco.

United Airlines is bringing back its ice cream sundae cart for business-class passengers on all long-haul international flights.

The ice cream had made a limited return last year but was only available on selected flights out of San Francisco.

The airline announced that many more passengers would now be able to enjoy the perk from February. United said in an Instagram post on Saturday: “We all scream for ice cream! Because the United Polaris business class Sundae Cart IS BACK!”

A United staple for decades, the cart featured a range of ice cream toppings that were offered to business-class flyers by flight attendants.

The sundaes were a fan-favorite before they were discontinued at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline replaced them with pre-packaged ice cream in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. The decision proved unpopular with some flyers.

One United flyer said on a Reddit thread about the replacement ice cream: “Mine arrived rock hard and wasn’t even edible. You needed a pick axe to get to the ice cream because it was frozen solid.”

United Airlines also said it was “revamping the Polaris dessert service” and “bringing back a new three-tier dessert cart for our signature ice cream sundae service” in the memo, per Travel Noire. 

Representatives for United Airlines did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for further comment.

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