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On a recent Delta flight under 350 miles, I learned that Delta has instituted a new policy for their beverage service. When it comes to Delta’s service standards onboard their flights, they’ve previously never offered service on flights under 250 miles in the Main Cabin, whereas flights over 251 miles were given a full beverage service.
However, they’ve now rolled out an Express Beverage Service which applies to flights between 251-350 miles. This new service applies only to those in the main cabin and Comfort +, as First Class will still receive a full beverage service and snack basket on all flights.
The new Express Beverage Service in the Main Cabin offers Dasani water bottles and Starbucks coffee, and in Comfort+ a limited selection of alcoholic beverages, including Miller Lite, SweetWater 420, and red and white wine. Even with these changes, Comfort+ customers can still request additional beverages beyond the limited offering.
On one hand, it makes sense why Delta is doing this as these flights under 350 miles, can be very quick sometimes only 20 minutes in the air, after you factor in the climb and descent, so trying to complete a full beverage service on a 757 can be difficult.
Delta will still offer Comfort+ customers additional beverages on a request basis, so you can still order a double Woodford on the rocks in Comfort+ even with these changes.
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