Delta Launches Main Cabin Meals on Transcon Flights and More

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Back in December, we wrote about how Delta Was Testing Complimentary Main Cabin Meals on Transcon Flights, and then we found out that Delta Was Adding Main Cabin Meals on Transcon Flights but it gets even better.

Not only is Delta adding meals just on their transcontinental flights between New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco, they are adding them on several other long-haul domestic routes.

Delta Air Lines

As mentioned previously,

Starting March 1, 2017 Delta will be adding complimentary meals in their Main Cabin on Transcontinental flights between New York (JFK) to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • Delta will be adding meals for Main Cabin Passengers and as well as Comfort+ passengers.
  • Passengers will be able to choose from one of  three meal choices, including a vegetarian option
  • Similar to their other flights with meals, passengers will be able to request special meals
  • With these no options, Flight Fuel will be discontinued onboard Transcon flights

In addition, starling April 24, 2017, Delta will expand their complimentary meals in their Main Cabin to 10 other long-haul domestic routes from to/from four major markets including New York (JFK), Boston, Washington DC (DCA) and Seattle (SEA). 

Per Delta,

Beginning March 1, Delta will offer complimentary meals in the Main Cabin on flights between JFK and LAX/SFO. On April 24, the airline will expand complimentary meals to 10 other major domestic markets from Seattle, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. including BOS-SFO, BOS-LAX, BOS-SEA, DCA-LAX, JFK-PDX, JFK-SAN, JFK-SEA, SEA-FLL, SEA-MCO and SEA-RDU.

Delta’s new meal program will feature a variety of options for customers depending on the time of day of their flight. In the morning, customers will have the option to choose between a Honey Maple Breakfast Sandwich, Luvo Breakfast Medley or fruit and cheese plate. During the day, customers will be able to select from a Mesquite-Smoked Turkey Combo, Luvo Mediterranean Whole Grain Veggie Wrap, or fruit and cheese plate.  For overnight flights, customers will be offered a breakfast bar during the pre-arrival beverage service.

Bottom Line

As there’s a lot of competition on the transcontinental routes between New York  and LAX/SFO with Delta, United, American, JetBlue and Virgin America trying to win business, this seems like a natural move for Delta to really differentiate themselves from the competition.

However, they’re taking it a step further and adding complimentary meals on other long-haul routes including their new DCA-LAX route, which just so happens to commence on April 24, 2017 as well.

Adding Main Cabin meals on these routes is a great start, and I wouldn’t be surprised if more markets continue to be added. It’s interesting to note, that with this launch, no routes to/from Atlanta are being offered.

What are your thoughts about Delta adding main food in the Main Cabin? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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  1. So we can expect United to do something similar in a few months. I know there was already a rumor floating about it, but now that Delta’s done it officially, United will follow-suit officially, as well.

  2. Atlanta is a bit shorter of a flight to the West Coast, an hour shorter so I don’t see it being as important. Not to mention Delta basically rule ATL, so less competition.

    Meals really do help, with 5-7 hours you almost always pass through a meal time. While certainly not a game changer, it is a nice perk. Delta only probably spends a couple bucks making those wraps and sandwiches anyway, and it’ll be a huge positive for customer satisfaction.

    I bought a meal on my last flight for $10, and it was wrapped in Saran Wrap, then dumped into a paper bag. Crappy packaging. Couldn’t have cost them much to put it together.

  3. Worthless to me since I fly out of ATL. I might as well fly Southwest and not pay for luggage. That pays for a pretty nice meal!

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