Delta “downgrades” us again – no more Woodford Reserve in…

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new PETE 1 plastic woodford bottles delta points blog

… glass bottles! Sorry I scared you maybe a little bit with the title of this post but this may or may not be a big deal and since I am no expert in the field of plastics. I just thought I would share what I have found and readers who are experts can chime in. On my trip this weekend I got some of the old stock on my way out with my HOOUs and then the new stock on the way back home.

Plastic Resin Code - 1 PETE now used for woodford reserve on delta flights

As you can see from the photo above it appears Delta is moving away from the glass bottles of Woodford Reserve to ones made from polyethylene terephthalate or the more common name of PETE 1 food grade plastic. The good news is the quantity of Woodford remains the same at 50mL.

weight of plastic pete 1 wooodford vs glass woodford

One big change is the new plastic bottles weigh almost ½ of what the glass ones do at just a tad over 2oz vs well over 4oz as you can see by my handy dandy postal scale experiment.

Now I see very few fine wines packaged in plastic. I see milk and I see cheaper Kentucky bourbon whiskeys put in plastic. I don’t know, maybe it is just me and I don’t have a leg to stand on but I don’t know if I like this change.

From a weight stand point, when you consider how much Woodford we must consume in a day across the airline (I have no idea but I bet a bunch), saving 2oz+ per drink must add up to a bunch less fuel burned and Delta is already big on recycling – really a good thing they are to be commended for.

So what do you think. Are you AOK with your Woodford Reserve in plastic vs glass?- René

EDIT: Update – after pouring out the contents of the glass vs the plastic, the plastic contained just a tiny bit more than the glass. Maybe the plastic IS better! 😉

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  1. Was concerned at first since the bottle looks considerably smaller, but since they are the same volume, doesn’t really concern me.

  2. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines still serves Alaskan Amber beer in glass bottles. Bravo, Alaska!

  3. I’m with Arthur H. I’m fine with it as long as the volume is the same. Save on gas, recycle, what’s not to like?

  4. Rene,

    Since I do not drink alcohol it is not a concern for me. However, I do wish Delta would provide a caffeine free diet drink like Sprite zero, instead of that horrible Fresca, sorry, I understand it is a women’s drink. Delta should check with medical staff about the interaction of grapefruit juice, contained in Fresca, and many high Blood pressure reducing medicines. some clubs provide Sprite zero but it is not universal across the country, and many clubs provide no caffeine free diet drink at all. Hopefully Delta will start installing the dispensing machines like they now have at A17 in Atlanta.

    When are the new improved? club features going into affect?

  5. @Craig – I keep asking and told soon this summer. No firm date yet. Will advise as soon as I find out officially or unofficially!

  6. PETE 1 contains a known neurotoxin. That’s why I boycott most brands of bottled water. At the same time, every drop of jet fuel saved is a good thing. Let’s hope that Woodford uses the good plastic, which doesn’t leech into the contents quite so badly.

  7. Totally cool with this and I actually think they should do the same with wine – but go one step further – challenge wineries to create a special aviation theme bottle, could be plastic or aluminum. It would be great marketing for the winery and if properly designed might actually look cool and get people over the idea that wine must always come in glass.

  8. OK by me. PET has a better cradle to grave story than glass as far as total environmental impact goes.

  9. I think if the airline did a better job of making sure that people packed their carry-on bags the way they should (to the sizer) that would cut down on the weight more then changing the material of the bottles.

  10. On our last trip Hawaii, Bailey’s was plastic on the outbound and glass on the return. Go figure.

  11. Amen, Delta Dave & Delta Points!! Mrs. R. carries on her purse and I only my briefcase. Our “Roll-a-Boards” are checked to our final destination; we don’t have to schlep them through the terminals and we always leave room on board for those who insist on bringing everything but the kitchen sink, which they always seem to stow in other people’s overhead space.

  12. Simple solution … serve no alcoholic beverages. Of course, I am a “tea teetotaler” and do not understand the need or economics of such spending.

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