Cold coffee lovers rejoice: You can now get your iced coffee fix while flying.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is making Community Coffee’s Espresso + Cream iced coffee available to passengers on 4,000 flights per day. For $4, or through a valid drink coupon, passengers can purchase the chilled caffeine option on flights across 100 destinations as well as to Puerto Rico, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Since 2016, Southwest has partnered with Community Coffee, based in Baton Rouge, La., to provide coffee to flyers, according to the airline.
This chilled coffee will be served in 8-ounce bottles over ice, the airline said. According to Community Coffee’s website, an 8.5-fluid-ounce bottle of the espresso cream is 150 calories and contains 125 milligrams of natural caffeine.
Some sales of this beverage, the airline said, will go to the ECOM Foundation for Development of Origin Resources to “give producers in rural areas of Latin America access to secondary education” among other things to encourage their livelihood.
The airline said it was making this option available to customers in part due to surveys conducted by market research company Mintel, which found that many people are switching to cold coffee. About 42% of Gen Zers consume cold coffee, the research indicated.
In addition, Mintel reported that ready-to-drink coffees represent the fastest-growing category in the industry, and by 2025, will make up 29% of the consumer coffee market.
However, Southwest isn’t the first airline to dabble in iced coffee. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines entered the game by launching a cold-brew coffee option in flights last year.
Southwest’s announcement comes a few months after the airline grappled with an operational meltdown in December 2022, in which thousands of flights were scrapped, leading to a federal investigation.