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Delta Airlines Re-introduces Free Meals – Will United & American Follow


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Delta Air Lines is bringing back complimentary meals in economy class or “coach” to its transcontinental routes between JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ironically this is happening at the same time as British Airways cancels their free food in Euro Traveller economy class.

The press release says:

  • Both Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+ customers will be offered one of three meal choices – including a vegetarian option – on both AM and PM flights
  • Customers will be able to request a special meal as they do on all other Delta flights with complimentary meal offerings
  • Flight Fuel will no longer be sold onboard Transcon flights, effective March 1
  • Alcohol will continue to be offered for sale on Transcon flights

Last month this introduction was tested with passengers being offered the choice between a smoked turkey sandwich and a veggie wrap.

This is a refreshing progress for airlines who mainly seem to focus their attention on their big revenue generators- the premium cabins. Delta has also recently upgraded it’s seats in business class. United has launched Polaris Business Class which means better bedding, seat and food as well as direct aisle access. American Airlines has also launched the “Super Diamond” Business Seat.

Delta is currently the only American airline to provide free food on transcon flights but if this offering means that more travellers choose to travel Delta, we hope that the other airlines will follow suit..

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