Delta UPs Their Food – New Business Elite Express Meal


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Looks like Delta is UPing their in-flight food. I already think Delta’s meals are pretty great in the forward cabin. I should know, as not long ago, I had over 4 meals on a Delta plane in 1 week! So improved in-flight food offerings are always a plus in my book.

But now Delta has added Business Elite Express Meals on their daily flights between JFK and London Heathrow. This is in partnership with Union Square Hospitality Group (including Danny Meyer) who are known through their great restaurants like Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern.

“We’ve long admired Delta’s commitment to inflight innovation, and BusinessElite provides an ideal stage for USHG to collaborate to help further enhance the inflight food and hospitality experience for Delta’s passengers,” said Danny Meyer, USHG’s CEO.

I wonder if the Express Meal will include something like this from the Union Square Cafe?

Union Square Cafe

Or something like this from the Shake Shack.

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Or something like this from Gramercy Tavern?

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Bottom Line

Whatever the Express Meals look like, I’m sure they’ll be in good taste with the new partnership.

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  1. More than a little history simply proves that appealing and good tasting food IS possible on an airplane, EVEN in coach class. That said, it is a culinary art unto itself, requires sincere dedication to purpose on the ground and in the galley and yes, it can be expensive to prepare. I don’t think substituting adapted familiar brands from the ground is the answer. In business and first class I expect the good carriers to use that accumulated knowledge to provide a great meal that takes advantage of everything that they have learned. Don’t tell the carriers, but I would pay a slight up-charge in business to be sure I’m getting the best that they can provide, decently presented and forever ending the sad line, “Sorry Mr. Jones, we’re out of your choice,” knowing full well that they boarded but one serving, probably to comply with advertising regulations. One or two foreign carriers offer a Book-the-cook-like service in first class and that has worked exceptionally well for me. Extending that service to business class, with the unmentionable ‘slight up-charge’ is probably a service that I would buy for trans-con flights or international flights over 5 hours. Serving an airline modified Shake Shack burger is not my idea of a good meal. I often take my own food, even in business class, but I don’t always have the time. A decent meal in business class should not be the crap-shoot that it has become.

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