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The Ultimate List of Airlines That Serve Free Alcohol

If you’re intent on boozing it up while you’re sky high, you might want to avoid U.S. airlines completely — with maybe the exception of American Airlines and Delta. Here’s a pretty good rundown on who does (and doesn’t) serve alcohol on flights these days.

It’s fair to say that with airlines charging for basic sustenance these days, they wouldn’t dare give alcoholic drinks away for free. Apparently, many airlines still do and it’s just not limited to business or first class passengers. Most of it is still relegated to international flights, but if you’re sitting back in coach with the rest of the folks (and me!), there’s no reason you can’t have a glass of wine with your dinner either.

If you’re trying to bring your own alcohol onboard, realize that may not be allowed. Please drink responsibly; dehydration happens faster in a pressurized cabin than at a keg party. Trust me, you don’t want to be that guy or girl‌… for five hours.

UPDATED November 20, 2015: Thanks everyone for the updates, we’ve been doing our best to make sure the list stays current. Regarding United: In 2013, it seemed like drinks were still being served on some international flights, but reps have told me officially all alcohol must be purchased. This practice seems to have stopped as of January 2014, courtesy of hulaboy and Meg’s notes.

Airline Domestic International
Aegean Airlines No Yes
Aer Lingus No No
Aeroflot No Wine only, for flights over 3 hours, otherwise it is not available (even for purchase). There is a full ban in effect for flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Havana, and Bangkok.
Aeroméxico Yes Yes
AirAsia Yes Yes
Air Berlin Yes, after 2 p.m. Yes, longhaul flights only.
Air Canada No Yes
Air China Yes Yes
Air France Yes Yes; they claim they are the only ones to serve free champagne in all cabins.
Air India No Yes
Air New Zealand Yes (4.30 p.m. -7 p.m. only) Yes
AirAsia No No
Alaska Airlines Yes, on Horizon Air/SkyWest flights. Yes, on Horizon Air/SkyWest flights.
Alitalia   Yes (except for economy class)
American Airlines   Yes, only on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, and certain countries in South America. Beer and wine only. Spirits complimentary on LAX-SYD flights.
ANA All Nippon Airways   Yes
Asiana Airlines   Yes
Austrian Airlines Yes Yes
Avianca   Yes
Bangkok Airways No Yes
bmi British Midland   Yes
British Airways   Yes
Cathay Pacific Airways n/a Yes
China Airlines   Yes
Condor Airlines No No
Copa Airlines   Yes
Delta Air Lines Yes Yes
Dragonair   Yes
EgyptAir   No
Emirates   Yes, except to Saudi Arabia.
Ethiopian Airlines Yes Yes
Etihad Airways   Yes
EVA Air   Yes
Finnair No Yes, depending on destination.
Garuda Indonesia No Yes
Hainan Airlines   Yes
Hawaiian Airlines No Yes
Hong Kong Airlines n/a Yes
Iberia Airlines No No
Icelandair No No
Interjet Yes Yes
Japan Airlines   Yes
Jet Airways   Yes
JetBlue Airways No No
JetStar Yes Yes
KLM Yes Yes
Korean Air   Yes
LAN Airlines Yes* Yes* (*on all flights with meals)
LOT Polish Airlines   No
Lufthansa Yes Yes
Malawian Airlines Yes Yes
Malaysia Airlines   Yes
Nok Air Yes Yes
Norwegian Airlines No No
Oman Air   Yes
Pakistan Airlines No No
Philippine Airlines   Yes
Porter Airlines Yes Yes
Qantas Airways Yes Yes
Qatar Airways   Yes
RwandAir Yes Yes
Royal Brunei Airlines No No
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)  No No
Silk Air   Yes
Singapore Airlines n/a Yes
Sky Airline   Yes
South African Airways Yes Yes
Southwest Airlines No No
Spirit Airlines No No
Streamline Air Yes n/a
Swiss Int’l Air Lines   Yes
TACA Airlines   Yes
TAP Air Portugal   Yes
TAM Airlines No Yes
Thai Airways No Yes
Tiger Airways Yes Yes
Turkish Airlines No Yes
United Airlines No Yes, on trans-Pacific flights only.
US Airways No No
Virgin Atlantic Airways Yes Yes
V Australia Yes (M-F, 4-7 PM) Yes
VietJet Air Yes Yes
Vietnam Airlines Yes (Business class) No

Jody Lan-Castle contributed to this article.

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