Remember the days when you were able to dine at no additional cost during cross-country airline flights? We know. It’s been awhile.
But in-flight meals have made a comeback. On March 1, Delta Airlines began offering meals at no additional cost to passengers in their main cabin on select longer flights.
Those flying out of New York City’s JFK airport and heading to Los Angeles or San Francisco have already had the opportunity to experience the in-flight meals this past week. However, the company plans to expand the offer of in-flight meals on a handful of other cross-country flights starting April 24.
These selected flights include those that are departing from Boston and heading to Los Angeles or San Francisco, those traveling from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport to Los Angeles and to those flying from Seattle to either Orlando, Florida or Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Delta asserted that they are the only U.S. carrier offering free meals on select transcontinental flights, according to CNN Money.
Depending upon your time of departure, the meals will vary, but passengers will still have the option to choose from several different options.
Those flying in the a.m. will have the choice of a breakfast sandwich, a breakfast medley and a classic fruit and cheese plate. For the later flights, passengers will be able to choose from a mesquite-smoked turkey combo, a Mediterranean veggie wrap or the fruit and cheese plate.
“When we tested this concept, our customers loved it and appreciated it so we are implementing in our most strategic markets,” Allison Ausband, Delta’s senior vice president of in-flight service said in a press release.
In addition to rolling out the meal services for passengers flying in the main cabin, Delta Comfort+ customers will be able to enjoy a pre-arrival snack basket as well as complimentary beer, wine and spirits for customers over the age of 21 on select flights.
Overall, Delta Airlines has been in the process of giving customers more offerings in hope of gaining an edge over the competition.
“We are all about making our Main Cabin experience the best it can be for our customers and offering free, high quality meals is a big part of that experience,” Ausband said.