Since September I’ve had two trips to the USA that involved a couple of domestic flight legs with US based airlines. On both occasions I chose to fly with Delta Airlines the first flight was back in September and I flew from Seattle to Los Angeles, the second flight was from New York to Los Angeles in January 2017. I decided to book first class from Seattle to LAX, and chose premium economy from New York to Los Angeles as this would give me an understanding of the main offerings onboard. US based airlines are not known for their great dining experiences and passengers don’t normally receive free meals, although Delta have been trialing some free meal services on transcontinental routes across the US. Most other US based airlines will offer some small snacks in economy class and perhaps refreshments, but you still need to purchase additional items from their onboard menus.


I was looking forward to this experience as I’d never flown with Delta before and didn’t really know what to expect when flying domestic first class in the US. The staff were friendly and the cabin was comfortable, but what I loved most was the fact that the meal offering ex Seattle was all sourced from the Pike Place Market in Seattle!

delta airlines first class meal

Clam chouder, Cajun spiced salmon with fettuccine, a bread roll and a lovely macaroon.

The meal was great, delicious and well thought out, I loved the meal tray and whilst it’s still plastic it definitely looks a lot nicer than your average inflight meal tray. Overall a great inflight meal experience. Premium economy though was slightly different…


In January 2017 I flew from New York to LA in order to connect with a China Southern Airlines flights to Guangzhou, again I chose Delta and wanted to check out the comfort + (premium economy) offering. There’s slightly more leg room, a free ‘meal’ and an amenity kit thrown in as part of the offer.

Delta have teamed up with Luvo to offer comfort + passengers a meal, now I’m not saying that this meal is bad in any way. In fact it was quite good, but quite basic indeed. I hate comparing different parts of the world, but most other airlines offering meals in premium economy would have perhaps tried a little better than this.


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Founder of Inflight Feed

Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here and he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ plus many major news outlets across the globe, and has become the 'go to' person when someone needs an opinion about airline meals.