Starting July 2nd, Delta Air Line will be adding back beer and wine onboard domestic flights in the First Class and Comfort + cabins. Delta slashed alcohol onboard domestic flights back in March due to the COVID-19 in an effort to reduce touchpoint onboard with passengers, so this will be the first start in Delta adding back in-flight services.
Passengers in the two cabins will have their choice of single-serve red and white wine, as well as Heineken, Miller Lite, SweetWater 420 and SweetWater IPA. Main Cabin passengers will not be eligible for alcohol as the airline is still trying to figure out a way to take contactless payments onboard.
Flight attendants will pass the cans and single-serve bottles – which are complimentary in both First Class and Delta Comfort+ – using serving trays to minimize touch points on-board. Since beer and wine selections have fewer touch points than other adult beverage options and are individually contained, they are the first to be reintroduced on-board as Delta brings back food and beverage options.
Delta’s on-board food and beverages continue to evolve based on customer feedback and guidance from health professionals. Complimentary beer, wine and cocktails remain available to all cabins on long-haul international routes, including top-shelf liquor and sommelier-selected wines for customers seated in Delta One. On-board service adjustments like individual snack bags on domestic flights and other U.S. domestic offerings remain in place.
It’s great to see Delta bringing back beer and wine onboard domestic flights in the First Class and Comfort + cabin, however those in the Main Cabin will not be eligible for these returned offerings.
Additionally, we still don’t see cocktails coming back yet, and as we’re awaiting clarification it still seems as if canned sodas are not offered in any cabin onboard Delta, so I’m surprised to see that Delta wouldn’t offer cans of soda to these passengers in these premium cabins if someone isn’t necessarily looking for an alcoholic beverage.
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