The Delta Airlines’ free meals policy has been abolished in 2010 for passengers flying coach. However, the company is looking to reinstate the complimentary foods service for its passengers.
The complimentary food testing takes place on flights between Los Angeles, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and San Francisco. These routes are also the company’s most profitable and competitive. According to Catherine Sirna, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based company, Delta Air Lines will come up with a decision after evaluating the results.
“I think Delta is just trying to see if that helps distinguish the airline”, says a travel industry analyst with the Atmosphere Research Group, Henry Harteveldt.
Moreover, he also thinks that the incentive of getting free meals will justify the higher fares a customer has to pay. In recent years, multiple airlines have been adding back perks that passengers flying coach in the past decades used to expect. One of the biggest U.S. carrier, Continental Airlines, was the last to stop serving free meals in the main cabin, in 2010.
Earlier this year, the Delta and American airlines have returned to their free meals policy for international and transcontinental travelers on the longest routes to Hawaii. However, these carriers already had complimentary food services available for long, international routes.
Delta Airlines flying coach in the morning should expect a breakfast medley or a honey maple breakfast sandwich. For those who will be taking to air in the afternoon, the passengers will have the option to choose between a veggie wrap or a mesquite-smoked turkey combo.
However, Mr. Harteveldt says that Delta Airlines passengers who will be traveling on short-distance national routes should not expect to receive free meals in coach.
Furthermore, the Alabama-based carrier wants to upgrade their snacks, as well. As a result, Delta Airlines is planning to switch to roasted peanuts covered in a thin layer of honey, pretzels, and yogurt bars. However, the company will keep their Biscoff cookies on board.
According to the airlines’ policy, passengers receive free snacks for journeys longer than 250 miles. Furthermore, Delta Airlines says that the changes will take effect starting with December 14th, 2016. Also, the company says it is going to diversify the menu in the future, based on passenger’s feedback.
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