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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread — 2018 Edition

Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread — 2018 Edition

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DELTA IN-FLIGHT MEAL AND FOOD SERVICES WIKI
Here is the DL.com link with food/beverage information.
Click here for the 2017 version of this thread.

FALL 2018 Note about Delta's new Delta One pre-order option: If you are flying a Delta One route with pre-ordering available, you will be notified to select your meal via email approximately three days prior to departure. You will not see an option in your reservation or in the Fly Delta app. You cannot call in to pre-order your meal (unless you are requesting a special meal, including special asian meals). If you do not receive the email, you cannot pre-order, this is the only way in which DL is currently handling this. Check out this thread for more discussion on this service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Now with anchors!)
  1. Beverages
  2. Delta One – Intercontinental Flights
  3. Transcon Delta One
  4. First Class – Domestic Flights
  5. Comfort+ - Transcontinental Flights
  6. Economy Class – Intercontinental Flights
  7. Economy Class – Domestic Flights
  8. Special Meals – All Cabins
1. Beverages:

The following are complimentary in all cabins
Soft drinks: Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Coke, Fresca, Sprite, KUAT (flights to/from Brazil only).
Mixers: Mr. & Mrs. "T" Bloody Mary Mix, Seagram's Ginger Ale, Seagram's Sparkling Seltzer Water, Seagram's Tonic Water
Juices and Bottled Water: Minute Maid Apple Juice, Minute Maid Cranberry Apple Cocktail, Minute Maid Orange Juice, tomato juice, bottled water, LaCroix Sparkling Water (on some international flights), San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water (D1 only), Glacéau Smartwater (D1 only), Milk
Hot Drinks: Starbucks coffee, Starbucks VIA decaffeinated instant coffee, Bigelow Tea, Harney & Sons Tea (D1 only)

The following are complimentary in D1/FC/C+ and INTL Y where meal is served. Charge for Y varies.
Beer $6 in Y on domestic/short-haul INTL flights: Heineken, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and Blue Moon are available on most US flights. Beyond this, beers vary widely by region: Sweetwater 420 (ATL-DCA/FLL/IAD/LGA/MCO/MIA/MSY/TPA, also on JFK-LAX per Flight Fuel menu), Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA (LAX-SFO only), Stella Artois, Ballast Point, Brooklyn Brewery (Transcon markets only)
Wines: $8 in Y on domestic/short-haul INTL flights:
Economy: red or white available. No sparkling. Typically Wente Vineyards California cabernet and chardonnay or similar.
Only on flights JFK-LAX/SFO in the economy cabin: Delta Winemaker Series, "A unique offering of half bottle (375 ML) California Wines selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier, Andrea Robinson." ($14.99)
Domestic First: Wente Vineyards Cabernet or Chardonnay
Business Class: (US-Canada/Mexico/Caribbean) Domestic first service + Sparkling Wine offered pre-departure (and pre-departure only if allowed per customs policies).
Delta One Fine Wines– selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
NOTE: Changes are frequent and may not match what is listed on delta.com, or even on the printed onboard menu.
Expect the following:
  • Two whites, one “Light Bodied” and one “Medium Bodied”
  • Two reds, one “Medium Bodied” and one “Full Bodied”
  • Port and possibly one additional dessert wine
  • Champagne
Delta.com link to “current” wine list
Spirits $8 in Y on domestic/short-haul INTL flights: CazadoresTequila, Bacardi Rum, Bailey’s Irish Cream Cordial, Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin, Canadian Club Reserve Whisky, Dewar’s Scotch, Finlandia Vodka, Grey Goose Vodka (D1 only), Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey, Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Whiskey (D1 only), Woodford Reserve Small Batch Bourbon
Mixed Drinks (aka “Featured Beverages”) $8 in Y on domestic/short-haul INTL flights:
Blue Diamond - featuring Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin, Seagram's Tonic Water, and a splash of apple juice
Margarita - Featuring Cazadores Tequila and Stirrings (verify) Margarita (mix).
Mai Tai - A Hawaiian favorite, Bacardi® Select Rum infused with exotic fruit flavors. (Hawaii Flight Fuel only)*unknown if this is still offered as DL no longer shows a Hawaii Flight Fuel menu

2. DELTA ONE - INTERCONTINENTAL FLIGHTS
Note: See Transcon Delta One (Section 3) for flights such as JFK-LAX featuring D1 service, or see domestic first/business class service (Section 5) for other flights.
The meals that you will see on Delta One will vary by destination and origin.

If you are flying a Delta One route with pre-ordering available, you will be notified to select your meal via email approximately three days prior to departure. You will not see an option in your reservation or in the Fly Delta app. You cannot call in to pre-order your meal (unless you are requesting a special meal, including special asian meals). If you do not receive the email, you cannot pre-order, this is the only way in which DL is currently handling this.
Check out this thread for more discussion on this service.

Delta One International Meals feature the following Chefs:
Transpacific Flights: Chef Masatoshi Ishimoto
Atlanta-Europe Flights: Chef Linton Hopkins
JFK-Select Europe: Winter 2017 chef/meals TBA
Asian meals may be pre-ordered in D1 on flights to/from Japan, China and Korea, using the normal Special Meals request process. See Transpacific Flights and the Special Meals section below. Pre-ordering recommended to guarantee availability.

This is the typical order of D1 service but can vary based on route/destination (note this does not apply to transcons):
-Cold appetizer (only one option)
-Soup and salad with choice of dressing, along with bread and butter (one option for soup or salad, but for bread there are usually three options to choose from)
-Main entrée: Beef, Chicken, Seafood, Pasta, Cold Plate, Regional Dish (typically four options)
-Dessert: Ice Cream with choice of toppings, Cheese Plate, or other sweets such as pie
-Self-service snack basket in galley, or Mid-flight light meal (Ultra-long haul only): Western and Asian cold plates. On TATL westbound flights there may be a warm chocolate chip cookie service.
-Pre-Arrival Breakfast: (eastbound flights) Egg dish with meat or Granola cereal with milk, if it is a PM arrival it will feature something like a sandwich or pizza with a hot breakfast option like an egg dish.
-Pre-Arrival Lunch: (westbound flights) Hot sandwich or cold salad

LINKS to current D1 intercontinental menu/meal posts:
Please add your links to your posts to the list below. Note: This section features only current menus, click on this link to see an archive of older D1 menus.

ICN-ATL 1/2018
IAD-LHR (VS) 4/2018
AMS-DTW 4/2018
MSP-AMS 4/2018
HND-MSP 4/2018
AMS-DTW 4/2018
ATL-AMS 5/2018
AMS-MSP 5/2018
MSP-AMS 5/2018
AMS-SEA 7/2018
JFK-BRU 7/2018
ICN-SEA 8/2018
PRG-JFK 8/2018
AMS-LAX 11/2018
LAX-AMS 11/2018

ADDITIONAL region-specific Delta One meal details:
TRANSPACIFIC FLIGHTS - CHEF MASATOSHI ISHIMOTO
Flights to/from Japan-USA
• “Kaiseki” style Japanese meals are offered as an option to customers in the D1 cabin
• Customers flying in the D1 cabin to/from Japan may pre-order a Japanese meal up to 24 hours prior to scheduled flight departure through My Trips or by calling DL Reservations. Once you check in, let the gate agent and a flight attendant know that you ordered a special meal.
• Entrées with a Japanese flair are offered as an option to customers in the Economy cabin
• All customers can choose from a selection of Japanese beverages including Asahi, Suntory Premium Malt, Kirin Ichiban, and Sake
FLIGHTS TO/FROM JAPAN-HONOLULU
• Menu selections for the D1 cabin and Economy cabin feature meals with both Japanese and Hawaiian flavors
• All customers can choose from a selection of Japanese beverages including; Asahi, Suntory Premium Malt and Kirin Ichiban beers, Sake and a choice of Hawaiian juices
FLIGHTS TO/FROM KOREA-USA
DTW-ICN Korean meals are catered by local Korean restaurant Bi Bim Bab in Novi.
• Korean meals and beverages are available as an option to all customers, including OB beer
FLIGHTS TO/FROM CHINA-USA
• Chinese Meals and Beverages are available as an option to all customers, including Tsingtao beer
INTER-ASIA FLIGHTS
• All flights flying within Delta’s Intra-Asia markets feature menu options with both western and regional flavors in all cabins

3. TRANSCON DELTA ONE
This is a signature service for select transcon flights. It includes a three course meal, except on red-eye flights which have a lighter one course offering. Flights departing from JFK feature meals from Union Square Hospitality Group's restaurants in NYC. Soon flights departing from LAX will feature meals from local chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, see DL article here. Note: there is no special chef menu for flights departing from SFO, BOS, or DCA. See press release on newest D1 routes and enhancements here.

D1 Transcon service is offered on all flights on the following routes:
JFK-LAX/SFO, BOS-SFO, DCA-LAX, and ATL/MSP-HNL

D1 Transcon service is offered on some (not all) flights on the following routes effective April 1, 2018 (see exception below)
JFK-SAN (1 of 3 flights), SEA (2 of 4 flights), and LAS beginning on May 1, 2018 (1 of 5 flights)
BOS-LAX (2 of 3 flights)

Service is usually the following:
Breakfast flights
-Two starters (both given)
-Main course (three choices)
-Chocolate Chip Cookie

Lunch/Dinner flights
-Starter, soup and salad
-Main course (three choices)
-Dessert (two choices)
-Chocolate Chip/Mint Cookie


LINKS to recent Transcon D1 menu/meal posts:
Please add your links to your posts to the list below. Note: This section features only current menus, click on this link to see an archive of older D1 menus.

Breakfast
BOS-SFO 1/2018

Lunch/Dinner
SFO-BOS 1/2018
JFK-SFO 1/2018
JFK-SFO 2/2018
JFK-SFO 2/2018
SFO-JFK 2/2018
SFO-JFK 5/2018
JFK-SFO 5/2018
SFO-JFK 6/2018
JFK-SFO 7/2018
JFK-LAX 10/2018


4. MEALS IN DOMESTIC FIRST CLASS (WITHIN THE US) OR IN BUSINESS CLASS (TO CANADA/MEXICO/CARRIBEAN, ETC.)
First Class meal service is provided on all flights 900 miles or greater. "Business Class" is the same service as domestic first but for trans-border North American flights that do not offer D1 service, usually found on routes between the USA and Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. One differentiation for Business Class flights is that sparkling wine is offered pre-departure as with all Delta international flights.
Please note:
-The content in this section doesn't apply to transoceanic or transcon D1 flights
-There are a few flights under 900 miles where DL does provide First Class meal service because other airlines offer meal service on the same route. See the list below.
-West Coast flights between LAX-SFO are served LUVO light snack trays (with items such as carrots, hummus and crackers, etc). These flights also offer free beer (including a local selection) and wine in the coach cabin.

Routes that are known exceptions to the 900-mile minimum:
- ATL-EWR/LGA/JFK
- LGA/JFK-ORD
- SEA-SFO/SMF/SJC

Meal service is determined by distance flown and time of departure:
0-250 miles: Only Biscoff cookies, peanuts, and pretzels
251-899 miles: Full snack basket is offered
900-1399 miles: Meals are served for flights departing 5am-1:30pm and 4pm to 8pm. This can vary slightly by flight, so it is best to check the reservation notes on delta.com. At other times a snack basket is passed around the cabin (see above).
1400+ miles: Full meal service will be offered between 5am-8pm. Breakfast is served for flights departing up to 9:45AM, and full lunch/dinner service after that.

Examples of snacks offered:
Morning flights (departures 05:00-09:45) offer peanuts, pretzels, Biscoff cookies, biscotti, bananas, Otis Spunkmeyer muffins and Quaker Oats chewy granola bars.
Afternoon/evening: peanuts, pretzels, apples, Twix, Toblerone, Sun Chips and Walkers shortbread cookies.

NOTE: For flights departing between 8pm and 9pm a light meal service, referred to as "snack" on delta.com, will be offered. This is often a source of confusion because delta.com lists full meal service for 1400+ mile flights as going until 9pm, but the reservation online will list "snack" and not "dinner." Also, there have been recent reports of longer redeye flights being served a pre-arrival breakfast, but there is not great information available about this. If your flight lists "snack" instead of "none" for meal service, this is a good sign that you will have some food service. If departure is after 9pm and before 5am, it will probably be a pre-arrival breakfast. See sample menu below.

SAMPLE MENUS
The meals you may see listed here are general examples and your flight may not have the option(s) listed here. These are solely from the words of fellow FTers (and please remember the times are based upon the flight's departure time):

Note: If you are flying a DL Connection flight, most meal service is cold as the majority of these planes are not equipped with ovens. There are reports that certain CRJ-900's are equipped with "warmers" but there is no way to know this in advance.

All domestic first class meals are served on Delta signature dishes with real flatware, glasses, etc.

Breakfast (5:45am-9:45am) There is generally a hot and cold option offered. Hot option usually has an entrée, side dish, bread (bagel/muffin/etc), and fruit. The cold option is generally a cereal with yogurt, bread item, and fruit. See the sample menus below for a better idea on what to expect.
Lunch (9:46am-3:59pm): Typically served with fresh fruit (or another side). This is typically a lighter meal. See the sample menus below for a better idea on what to expect. NOTE: No meal service on flights departing 1:30pm-3:59pm for flights under 1400 miles.
Dinner (4pm-8pm): All meals are typically served with bread, salad, and a dessert item such as a cookie. See the sample menus below for a better idea on what to expect.
1400+ mile flights departing 8pm-9pm: Typically there is only one option offered such as a hot sandwich served with chips and a cookie. Full snack basket will also be offered.
Hawaii Routes: for West Coast departures (LAX/SLC/SFO/SEA/PDX) it is just like domestic F service in both directions. For ATL/MSP-HNL see Transcon D1.

Sample Menus from First Class menu/meal posts (within last year):
Please add links to your posts to the list below

Breakfast:
MSP-CLT 1/2018
MSP-BOS 1/2018
JFK - ATL 4/2018
LAS-ATL 05/2018
SJU-JFK 5/2018
MSP-BOS 7/2018
LGA-ATL 7/2018

Lunch:
DTW-CUN 1/2018
ORD-JFK 1/2018
SFO-SEA 1/2018
MSP-IAD 4/2018
LGA-ATL 6/2018
ATL-LGA 6/2018
AUS-DTW 8/2018
JFK-SDQ 9/2018

Dinner:
SEA-SNA 1/2018
DTW-LAS 4/2018
PHL-MSP 6/2018
SEA-SFO 8/2018
SJC-SEA 9/2018
SEA-JFK 9/2018 (red-eye)

JFK/MSP/ATL-HNL
HNL-MSP 3/2018
MSP-HNL 3/2018
DTW-LAS 4/2018 VGML

Other D1-lite routes (e.g. JFK-MEX, ATL-MDE)
Breakfast:

Lunch/Dinner:
MEX-JFK 6/2018


5. MEALS ON INTERNATIONAL/HAWAII FLIGHTS - Main Cabin and Comfort +
All JFK/ATL/MSP-HNL flights along with TATL, TPAC, and most South American destinations include complimentary meals in the economy cabin. Other than select Transcon Flights (see section 6), no free meals are offered in economy within the US/Canada/Mexico/Caribbean. A good rule of thumb is that if the flight offers D1 service (NOT "business class" or "first class") then there may be complimentary meals in the economy cabin. Meal service details can be found in your reservation on delta.com or in the service details when booking the flight.

Breakfast:
Usually a packaged box with a sandwich, yogurt, bread item

Lunch/Dinner:
Typically options offered are:
1) A vegetarian pasta dish (such as ravioli)
2) A chicken dish (such as chicken & mushrooms with rice)
3) A salad with cold chicken (such as greek salad)

Meals are usually served with:
- A main side dish to go with the entrée
- A small bowl of salad
- Bread/roll with butter
- A dessert item

Additionally there will be a pre-arrival snack served:
-Morning arrivals: light breakfast (might include things like fruit, hot egg wrap, pastry, yogurt, etc.)
-Afternoon/evening arrivals: could be a packaged box with several snacks or a light meal (such as small turkey sandwich, small pizza, etc.)

On longer flights a mid-flight snack may be served such as ice cream or a light sandwich. A choice of Biscoff cookies, peanuts, yogurt bar, or pretzels is offered during beverage service.

On flights that offer complimentary economy class meal service, special meals may be ordered through delta.com or by calling customer service. See Section 7 for more information on special meals.

LINKS to recent international Main Cabin menu/meal posts:
MSP-AMS 2/2018
BRU-JFK 2/2018
LHR-MSP 4/2018
BOS-LHR 11/2018

6. DOMESTIC ECONOMY SNACKS, MEALS, AND FLIGHT FUEL MENUS
Service in economy depends on the length of the flight:
0-249 miles: No service except water/coffee by request when time permits, except certain routes (BOS-LGA for example).
250-899 miles: Complimentary snacks (see below)
900-1,399 miles: Complimentary snacks plus limited premium snacks for purchase from the Flight Fuel menu. C+ customers will get the C+ snack basket.
1,400+ miles Between 5am and 8pm, all of the Flight Fuel menu selections are available for purchase on US/Canada/Latin America/Caribbean flights in addition to complimentary snacks after takeoff and before arrival.

Domestic Main Cabin Complimentary Snacks:
-Biscoff Cookies
-Snyder's pretzels
The following are only available on flights over 600 miles:
-NatureBox apple cinnamon yogurt bars
-Squirrel brand honey roasted peanuts

Comfort+ Service: all drinks are complimentary, and on flights 900+ miles, a basket of premium complimentary snacks will be offered, with items such as chips, chocolate, crackers and other packaged snacks.

Flight Fuel Buy on Board Service: Delta's buy-on-board program is called "Flight Fuel" (formerly EATS). These menus change, so it is best to check Delta's website for the latest menu. Click here to see more on the food/drink page from delta.com and at the bottom on the left are the current Flight Fuel menus.

Note: certain items are offered only on eastbound or westbound flights, please review the menus carefully. Inventory is limited and not all options are always available.

Flight Fuel Menu current as of November 2017: https://www.delta.com/content/dam/de...uel_Nov_17.pdf

Transcon Economy Meals:
See Press Release Here

This service is currently being offered on the following routes:
JFK-LAX/SFO/PDX/SAN/SEA
BOS-LAX/SFO/SEA
SEA-FLL/MCO/RDU
DCA-LAX

Service will include three cold options, different menus are now featured on westbound and eastbound flights as of June 2017. See the DL update from June here.


This was the menu from March 2017 but this has changed.
-Breakfast: Departing 5am-8:59am

Honey Maple Breakfast Sandwich
Luvo Breakfast Wrap
Fruit and cheese plate

-Lunch/Dinner: Departing 9am-8pm

Mesquite-Smoked Turkey Combo,
Luvo Mediterranean Whole Grain Veggie Wrap
Fruit and cheese plate.

-Evening & Redeye Service:
Standard snack service after takeoff (pretzels, peanuts, etc)
Breakfast bar (served during the pre-arrival beverage service)

NOTE:
-Special meals may be ordered for this service
-Flight Fuel will no longer be offered on these routes.
-This will not impact FC/D1 meal service on these flights.
- Comfort+ Passengers on JFK-LAX/SFO will continue to receive mid-flight frozen greek yogurt bar on daytime flights.
- Comfort+ Passengers on these flights will continue to receive the enhanced snack basket.


Transcon Economy Meal Reports

7. SPECIAL MEALS:
Delta offers special meals for a variety of dietary restrictions on all flights in all cabins with complimentary meal service. Special meal service is not offered for domestic flights that only offer snack or refreshment service.
To know if Delta considers what you are being served a meal, check the "meal service" in your reservation or on the booking page while purchasing a ticket. It needs to read "breakfast", "lunch" or "dinner" for this to be a meal service that you can order a special meal for. If it reads "snack" or "refreshments" there will not be special meals available.
You can select special meals by viewing your reservation online or by calling Delta.

-Special meals are not available on flights departing ABQ, ELP, or TUS.
-Special meals are not available on Delta Connection flights.
-The same meal may be served across multiple categories (i.e. the same physical meal may be served for Bland/Diabetic/Low Fat/Low Sodium/Vegetarian).
-Please note that mistakes are widely reported. Confirm your meal request with a gate agent and flight attendant. Passengers with special dietary needs are strongly advised to bring their own snacks in case a catering error occurs.

Sample Special Meals


Meal descriptions are Delta's words. Your Meals May Vary.
• Asian Vegetarian Meal (code AVML) - This is a non‐strict vegetarian meal which is prepared in an Indian style and is usually spicy. No meat, seafood or egg is allowed. This meal may include dairy products. (Sample: May 29 IAH-SLC)
• Baby Meal (code BBML) - Baby food usually boarded in portion jars. (May contain strained fruit, vegetables, meats, desserts, milk & juices.)
• Bland Meal (code BLML) - For those with digestive tract and stomach disorders. Excludes mustard, pickles, garlic, fried and fatty foods.
• Child Meal (code CHML) - Available for children from 2-12 years of age, and includes food offerings which appeal to children. The meals planned follow Recommended Dietary Allowances for children.
• Diabetic Meal (code DBML) - For those who need to manage blood sugar levels. Foods excluded are high in sugars. ( Avoid syrups, jams, cakes and chocolate, unless specifically designed for diabetics.)
• Gluten Free Meal (code GFML) - Foods excluded are wheat or wheat flour, barley oats and rye, bread, cakes (unless wheat free), pastry, sausages or any flour based products. (Allergy related)
• Hindu Meal (code HNML) - Spicy vegetarian combinations with limited use of dairy products. While our meals are meat‐free, some individuals with this diet consume meats of non‐beef/veal/pork origin.
• Japanese Meal (code JPML) - Traditional Multi Course Kaiseki Style Japanese Meal accompanied by steamed rice, miso soup, Japanese pickles and green tea. Available only to D1 customers flying between the USA/Hawaii-Japan.
• Kosher (code KSML) - Kosher meals are prepared by Kosher caterers under Rabbinical supervision and may also incorporate fresh fruit or sealed items, such as individually packaged bagels that meet Kosher laws. Special Kosher for Passover meals are supplied during Passover.
• Regal Kosher (code KSML) - Strict Kosher meals prepared by "Regal" kashrut supervision and may also incorporate fresh fruit or sealed items, such as individually packaged bagels that meet Kosher laws. Special Kosher for Passover meals are supplied during Passover. Only served on JFK-TLV, all cabins.
• Low Fat/Low Cholesterol/Low Calorie Meal (code LFML) - High fiber meal with reduced amounts of fat and sugar.
• Low Sodium Meal (code LSML) - Excludes use of salt, MSG and baking soda/powder, instead herbs and spices are used to flavor the meal.
• Muslim Meal (code MOML) - Does not contain pork, by‐products of pork or foodstuffs containing alcohol. All meats come from ritually slaughtered animals.
• Toddler Meal (code TDML) - Available for children who have begun consuming solid food who need little assistance from the parent, soft, easy‐to‐eat finger foods.
• Vegetarian (Vegan) Meal (code VGML) - Typically cooked in Western style, this meal does not contain meat, seafood, egg and dairy products.
• Vegetarian (Lacto-Ovo) Meal (code VLML) - Prepared in Western style, this is a non‐strict vegetarian meal which can include eggs and dairy products but eliminates all meats and seafood.
• Korean Meal (code KRML) - Korean style Bibimbap with steamed rice, gochujang sauce and sesame oil accompanied by soup, salad and banchan. Available only to D1 customers flying between the USA-Korea.
• Chinese Meal (code CNML) - Components include soup, salad and entrée and feature regional flavors on flights departing China. Available only to D1 customers flying between the USA-China.
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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread — 2018 Edition

Same Thread as last year, just for the new year. Post your meals that you receive on any DL flights or questions you may have regarding meal service.
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This is the current thread and wiki on this topic. Happy 2018
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Breakfast service on 700-899 mile AA flight. DL would be well served to offer something like this on flights over 600 miles. When it comes to premium feel and service in domestic first, AA demolishes DL.
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Breakfast service on 700-899 mile AA flight. DL would be well served to offer something like this on flights over 600 miles. When it comes to premium feel and service in domestic first, AA demolishes DL.
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It’s not a full meal service, it’s comparable to their cheese plate service on longer flights that don’t get a meal. DL needs an intermediate option between the snack basket and full meal service.
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The gluten-free pretzels are back, with a new recipe.

They are somehow worse than before.
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Great way to start the DELTA In-Flight Meal/Food Service thread off with the profile of an AMERICAN Breakfast...

... Just sayin'

But, yea, that is pretty pathetic.

Is there a rule here about quoting images in a reply? It really unnecessarily lengthens a thread. I prefer not to scroll past an image more than once.
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The gluten-free pretzels are back, with a new recipe.

They are somehow worse than before.

I like them.
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Good crew on my side/cabin. Korean FA was extremely polite and efficient and the purser who also helped out on my side was personable and friendly throughout. Got the Korean mean and was not disappointed. Tasty bibimbap and banchan. Apps were okay, with the asparagus rolls being exceptionally tasty. Mid-flight burger was removed from the bun by me as I assessed that to be a mess waiting to happen and a soggy one at that. It was okay with the toppings and ketchup/mustard added, though I would have liked mayo. The potato salad was fine, but very more like a cold, well-seasoned mashed potato than anything. The snack basket was nicely stocked during the flight so no worries on that. Good munchies available. Pre-arrival teriyaki chicken was actually very good, despite appearance. Probably the moistest chicken I've had on a plane before, and the veg atop it were all tasty and not overcooked/mushy. Rice was meh, but improved greatly by the gochujang and a healthy dose of salt.

Good flight, and while these seats are definitely aging (according to longboater they'll be gone entirely sometime around Q4 2018 and replaced with the nice suites I got on the way over), it was way better than sitting down back would have been I'd imagine. I slept about seven hours I think, but tossed and turned a few times due to the less comfortable seat padding.



Nuts and beverages to start


Starters: Pear and Chestnut Salad with Pinenut Dressing and Dried Cranberries, Asparagus and Ribeye Beef Roll, and Chicken and Vegetable Roll Banchan of Braised Cucumbers, Spicy Bluebell Root Salad, and Green Pepper with Soy Bean Paste


Winter Bibimbap with Beef and Assorted Vegetables served with Steamed Brown Rice, Dried Pollack Soup, Gochujang Sauce, and Sesame Oil


Strawberry Tart


Mid-flight Snack of Cheeseburger with Potato Salad


Onigiri and Chips from the "SkyBreak" Basket


Pre-Arrival of Citron Teriyaki Chicken with steamed black rice, vegetables, fruit, and chocolate
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Old Jan 5, 18, 7:36 pm
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It’s not a full meal service, it’s comparable to their cheese plate service on longer flights that don’t get a meal. DL needs an intermediate option between the snack basket and full meal service.
This. DL needs something like a small hors d'oeuvre plate for flights around two hours, to take the edge off of one's appetite at meal times.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 7:52 pm
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Breakfast service on 700-899 mile AA flight. DL would be well served to offer something like this on flights over 600 miles. When it comes to premium feel and service in domestic first, AA demolishes DL.
The funny thing is, I've had near this exact same breakfast as the only option on a DL flight over 1200 miles. Frustrating.
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Before the clowns at US Airways took over AA , American had full hot meal service on all flights over 700 miles including DFW-ATL. They used to have a nice Cheese Omelette and a plate of fruit. Delta has always sucked the worse in catering. I always find Delta the most over rated airline in every single category , especially Service and performance. American for me has been more on time and all the US Airlines suck at Service . Delta One being the worst of the 3 intl Biz
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DL, AA, and UA all use some time-of-day and flight distance/flight duration matrix for plated snacks and meals. A frequent flyer would do well to set expectations.

If one can't go three hours (generously more than an 800-mile flight + boarding time) without something more than a bag of pretzels and a piece of fruit, your nutritionist wants to have a long talk.
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If one can't go three hours (generously more than an 800-mile flight + boarding time) without something more than a bag of pretzels and a piece of fruit, your nutritionist wants to have a long talk.
This is a fair point. I mean really in the grand scheme of things this is probably top ten in "first world problems". Perhaps "I don't get an expensive hot meal on my first class flight" should be in the pathetic complaints thread.

Or maybe I am just bitter that I am rarely in first class.
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Originally Posted by 3Cforme View Post
DL, AA, and UA all use some time-of-day and flight distance/flight duration matrix for plated snacks and meals. A frequent flyer would do well to set expectations.
Of course. But the argument here is that, on all but the very shortest flights, Delta could easily serve better snacks than chips, cookies, and candy. It seems AA's service matrix has some middle ground between chips and a proper meal, while Delta's does not (apart from the well-documented "snack" served on long, late-night flights).

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I mean really in the grand scheme of things this is probably top ten in "first world problems".
The vast majority of FlyerTalk discussions concern first-world problems.
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