Restaurant in the sky: Delta’s enhancing its hot meals on select US flights
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Back in the day, domestic flyers enjoyed elaborate meals, like Langostino Thermidor and broiled filet mignon. Today, many Delta travelers paying hundreds of dollars for a business-class seat are served little more than a prepackaged box with a mix of candy and processed food.
Fortunately, that’s in the process of changing. On June 15, Delta began serving hot meals again to Delta One and first class flyers on flights between Boston (BOS) and New York-JFK and Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA). Then in July, it expanded hot meals to flights between Los Angeles and Washington D.C. (DCA).
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When Delta first announced the return of hot meals, it shared that flyers can expect “popular breakfast, lunch and dinner items like lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry thyme syrup, a smoked salmon plate with bagel chips, and beef short ribs with whipped potatoes.”
Meanwhile, on flights departing Los Angeles, “Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are preparing their acclaimed Italian-American fare, which includes staples like marinara-braised meatballs and juicy chicken parmesan,” such as the dish pictured below.
Now, it’s announcing two more partnerships that will enhance the dining experience for transcontinental Delta One and first class passengers flying out of New York and San Francisco.
The move brings a handful of Delta’s flights in line with competitor offerings — American Airlines and United have both been serving full meals on premium routes, as has transcon champ JetBlue, though passengers will still find that service is scaled back considerably on shorter flights.
On Delta’s “domestic longer-haul flights,” Delta One, first class and Comfort+ passengers will find a complimentary snack basket, with items like Kind Energy bars, potato chips and cookies, with packaged or hot meals available in Delta one and first class as well.
Travelers in Delta One and first class will also find new options on flights over 1,500 miles, including “artisan sandwiches, salads and bowls.”
It’s all a step in the right direction, for sure, but there’s still some work left to be done.
Additional reporting by Benji Stawski.
Featured photo by Benji Stawski/The Points Guy
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