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Delta Air Lines Brings Back Meal Service


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Delta Air Lines is bringing back meal service on their domestic flights. Starting on June 15th, Delta will offer food on select transcontinental routes, which had previously been reserved for long-haul international flights. More meal service will return later this summer, though the airline will increase its snack selection.

Delta’s premium cabin is finally bringing hot meals back to transcontinental flights after suspending it in 2020 due to the pandemic. The return of meal service will begin on June 15th on five routes.

Meals will be available from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

For passengers flying any of the five routes that Delta currently operates (including Boston and San Francisco), hot meals will be available in premium cabins. In addition, Delta will provide meal service on all nonstop flights, whether they are branded as domestic first-class or the Delta One premium cabin.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner items such as lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry thyme syrup, smoked salmon with bagel chips, and beef short ribs with whipped potatoes will all be available the next time passengers come on board.

In addition to traditional items, Delta is also upgrading its bread service. The service will feature locally sourced sourdough bread and batch-churned slow-cultured butter from Atlanta-based Banner Butter.

Also, passengers departing Los Angeles are in for a treat. In partnership with chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, the airline will offer Italian-American fares on its routes. Meals like marinara-braised meatballs and juicy chicken parmesan fall into this category. Delta has been working with these chefs since 2017.

From later this summer, passengers flying Delta One or domestic first-class over 1,500 miles (*2,400 km) within North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America will be able to enjoy artisan sandwiches, salads, and bowls.

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Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are two of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs and now the newest additions to Delta’s culinary team. In keeping with Delta’s ethos of using local, fresh and seasonal ingredients, the LA duo’s onboard menus will be sourced from area farmers and purveyors. Their menu for Delta One features dishes inspired by many of the must-have offerings at their local hot spots, including James Beard Award-winning Animal, Son of a Gun and Jon & Vinny’s.- | These images are protected by copyright. Delta has acquired permission from the copyright owner to use the images for specified purposes and in some cases for a limited time. If you have been authorized by Delta to do so, you may use these images to promote Delta, but only as part of Delta-approved marketing and advertising. Further distribution (including providing these images to third parties), reproduction, display, or other use is strictly prohibited.

The new meals include coconut chia oatmeal, a superfood grain bowl, a strawberry salad with seared chicken, Italian prosciutto and fresh mozzarella sandwich, and more.

Currently, there is no date for the return of such meal service, though it will likely be in July or August when Delta restores such inflight dining services.

Delta One, first-class, and Comfort + (extra-legroom economy) passengers on long-haul domestic flights will be able to enjoy upgraded snacks. You can find things here like Kind Energy bars, cookies, and potato chips. Snack basket service will be offered as part of this service.

For passengers flying in economy, Delta will bring back its Flight Fuel snack boxes. These boxes, which were previously offered in domestic first-class over the last few months, include protein bars, beef jerky, chips, and chocolates. Flight Fuel boxes are available for purchase in the economy.

The return of meal service was expected, as Delta has said it will resume serving meals in early June on transcontinental routes and expand service in July.

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