I recently flew Delta Airlines; the first flight was from Seattle to Los Angeles and the second from New York to Los Angeles. I decided to book first-class from Seattle to LAX and chose premium economy from New York to Los Angeles. Passengers don’t typically receive free meals when travelling in the USA; however, Delta has been trialling 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.
SEATTLE TO LAX
I was looking forward to this experience as I’d never flown with Delta before and didn’t know what to expect when flying domestic first class. 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.
The tray featured clam chowder, a Cajun-spiced salmon with fettuccine, a bread roll and a macaroon. The meal was excellent, delicious and well thought out, I loved the design of the meal tray, although it’s plastic, it looks a lot nicer than your average inflight meal tray.
NEW YORK TO LAX
I flew from New York to Los Angeles in comfort+ (premium economy) to experience the inflight offering. There’s slightly more legroom, a free meal and the cabin crew provided an amenity kit. After take off the cabin crew deliver a drink and snack service followed by the main meal offering.
The collaboration with Luvo offers a range of healthy freshly-made products including options of a cheese plate from Murray’s Cheese store in New York City, a Luvo Harissa Roasted Veggie Wrap, a Greek Meze Plate, a Beef Pastrami Sandwich and a Sesame Noodle Salad.
I enjoyed my wrap and was thankful to receive a free meal on this 5hr+ flight; the airline is rolling out free meals across several destinations throughout the USA.
As a reference, I flew with Alaska Airlines in their ‘premium class’ cabin, which offers complimentary cocktails, beer, wine and enhance snacks. However, I must say the enhanced snack offering is a little disappointing when compared to the Delta offering.
Delta recently launched a new economy class service you can read all about that here.