After years of taking away free perks such as in-flight meals and free checked luggage, some airlines are bucking the trend and starting to offer more. Last year, Delta offered, for Economy flyers, free meals on its flights between New York and San Francisco and New York and Los Angeles. Delta said that it would listen to feedback on this trial. The results are in, and the airline has decided to start offering free meals on select transcontinental flights.
Starting March 1, 2017, Delta will make it permanent to offer complimentary meals in the Main Cabin on flights between New York's JFK to Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as on return flights to JFK from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Flyers will be able to select one of three meal choices, including a vegetarian option.
Also, travelers can request a special meal before their flight. Drinkers don't have to worry as Delta plans to continue offering alcohol for sale on all transcontinental flights. Additionally, Delta's on-board food menu, Flight Fuel, will be discontinued on flights where meals are included in Economy.
The New York to San Francisco and New York to Los Angeles routes are competitive markets, so Delta is doing what it can to fill its seats. The good news is that other airlines, in a bid to keep people from bolting to Delta, may start offering in-flight meals to all flyers, at least on more competitive routes.
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