Delta Air Lines has decided to expand its pre-select meal program to include first-class passengers on all domestic mainline flights. In addition, the option is available for passengers on select flights between the United States and Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. You will be out of luck when it comes to selecting your meal if you’re flying first class using a Delta Connection flight.
Meal selection isn’t new to Delta customers. However, the option had only been available to passengers flying on routes with Delta One cabins up until now. The number of daily flights that are eligible for Delta pre-select meals now stands at more than 1,000. Only 200 flights per day were eligible at the end of 2018.
How does meal selection work for Delta’s first-class passengers? You will receive an email from Delta three days before your flight is scheduled to depart. This email will allow you to select the meal option you want. The email address that is used in your passenger record or Delta SkyMiles account will be used for meal selection.
Delta has made a big deal about its attempts to expand its menu in recent months. The airline has also brought in a number of celebrity chefs to try to curate palatable menu options. That includes Linton Hopkins, Danny Meyer, Jereme Leung, Norio Ueno, Kwon Woo-Joong, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Delta now brags that it offers goodies like chicken pot pie, braised meatballs and garlic bread topped with whipped ricotta. Of course, Delta’s wine initiative might be of more interest to some passengers. Delta has invested a lot in offering a curated collection of wines that are intended to be paired with its dishes. Delta even runs a Sky Sommelier program that teaches flight attendants how to amplify the wine experience for passengers.
Delta’s extended culinary efforts are just part of its plan for spending billions of dollars in upgrades to the passenger experience. Some of the additions include free mobile messaging, free in-flight entertainment, extended Wi-Fi and more and an update to their TUMI amenity kits in late 2017. Of course, almost all of the perks are being developed exclusively for first-class passengers flying with Delta.