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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread — 2022 Edition

Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread — 2022 Edition

Old Jun 10, 22, 9:32 am
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Updated list:

Sad box - PHX*, IAD, DFW, EYW, AUA, AUS, OAK
Plated food - SNA, MIA, DEN, MSY, RDU, PDX, MCO

* - Seems to be narrowbody aircraft only

Last edited by matchbox20_is; Jun 10, 22 at 10:52 pm Reason: Appended MCO and OAK to the list
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Old Jun 10, 22, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
Updated list:

Sad box - PHX*, IAD, DFW, EYW, AUA, AUS
Plated food - SNA, MIA, DEN, MSY, RDU, PDX

* - Seems to be narrowbody aircraft only
You can MCO to the plated food list.

I asked in the SkyClub at DFW about the continuation of sad boxes, firstly the employee got a chuckle out of the pet name for the boxed meals (and she agreed that they are indeed sad).

She said that she had heard two different reasons as to why the sad boxes continued ex-DFW but had no idea if either reason was true or not.
1) DL had cancelled it catering contract ex-DFW and thus was double catering the boxes which are easier to double cater out of the hub station until a new contract could be established (but she admitted it seems like it is taking a while if indeed all it required was a new catering contract).
2) The DFW airline caterer (which would mean that DL still has a contract) is still burning through their stock of boxes and once they are burned through they will switch to plated meals.

She was honest that those sorts of decisions are not shared with the frontline staff generally, so take the two reasons with a grain of salt.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 2:22 pm
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MSP - AMS Braised short rib. I think everyone has had it but this one was in need of some additional sauce in the bowl.

AMS - ATL - 0820 departure. Bacon, egg and cheese on a croissant. This was a preselect only option with the other options being an egg quiche and overnight oats. I was happy with my choice.

Prearrival burger. Not good. Found several chunks of bone (I hope that is what it was) in the burger patty.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 6:18 pm
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Could part of the differential between the cities (plated versus non) be attributable to that each catering kitchen needs to be relatively balanced on "dishes in" versus "dishes out"...I'd think PHX might be in that situation of unbalanced where nearly all inbound (MSP/DTW/JFK/ATL) flights are meal flights but a significant portion of the outbound flights (redeye to MSP/DTW/ATL, for instance) would not get a meal catered; thus leading to the imbalance? I've always been very curious about inflight catering (started at Michigan State in Hospitality Management...) but wonder if this could be a factor.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 7:03 pm
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D1 June 4th AMS to DTW. Braised short rib.

and the meal before arrival

desserts (the ice cream was the best)
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Old Jun 10, 22, 7:59 pm
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No cheese?
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Old Jun 10, 22, 8:09 pm
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Sad boxes only on DTW-OAK (7:45 PM departure), did not follow FEBO
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Old Jun 10, 22, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by aacar View Post
Sad boxes only on DTW-OAK (7:45 PM departure), did not follow FEBO
No exactly a shock they don't have catering in OAK as this route only operates for a grand total 11 roundtrips (3x weekly from 6/9 - 7/1) and the return flight is a red-eye and doesn't qualify for meal service. SLC/LAX-OAK are under 900 miles and the ATL-OAK route is currently not being flown.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by xliioper View Post
No exactly a shock they don't have catering in OAK as this route only operates for a grand total 11 roundtrips (3x weekly from 6/9 - 7/1) and the return flight is a red-eye and doesn't qualify for meal service. SLC/LAX-OAK are under 900 miles and the ATL-OAK route is currently not being flown.
It doesn’t matter. Routes are being double catered from hubs if it’s deemed worthy to do so.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 10:54 pm
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Originally Posted by demkr View Post
They must've gotten a really good deal on short ribs
To be fair, the short rib is probably the best cut of beef that can hold up to the cooking and reheating process. I've had it on multiple airlines and on Amtrak, probably for that reason.
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Old Jun 10, 22, 11:41 pm
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
Updated list:

Sad box - PHX*, IAD, DFW, EYW, AUA, AUS, OAK
Plated food - SNA, MIA, DEN, MSY, RDU, PDX, MCO

* - Seems to be narrowbody aircraft only
You can add ELP to the Sad Box and FLL and TPA to the plated food.
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Old Jun 11, 22, 12:14 am
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Originally Posted by spudley007 View Post
You can add ELP to the Sad Box and FLL and TPA to the plated food.
ELP, ABQ, and TUS have been mentioned here before (also mentioned on DL Pro site as SPML requests were apparently not available from them pre-Covid due to catering limitations).
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Old Jun 11, 22, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by matchbox20_is View Post
It doesn’t matter. Routes are being double catered from hubs if it’s deemed worthy to do so.
If it were simply a matter of double catering, it would seem these numerous routes with meal boxes would have hot meals instead. I would guess it's more involved than that and there needs to be facility contracts at the remote side to at least deal with the plating, utensils, and so forth from hot meals (vs. the meal boxes where everything can just be thrown away). There's no need to even double cater on DTW-OAK as the return flight is a red-eye which doesn't qualify for any meal service.
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Old Jun 11, 22, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by xliioper View Post
ELP, ABQ, and TUS have been mentioned here before (also mentioned on DL Pro site as SPML requests were apparently not available from them pre-Covid due to catering limitations).
Originally Posted by spudley007 View Post
You can add ELP to the Sad Box and FLL and TPA to the plated food.
Thanks everyone for the reports!

Updated list:

Sad box - PHX*, IAD, DFW, EYW, AUA, AUS, OAK, ELP, ABQ, TUS
Plated food - SNA, MIA, DEN, MSY, RDU, PDX, MCO, FLL, TPA

* - Seems to be narrowbody aircraft only
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Old Jun 11, 22, 4:02 pm
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HNL to ATL - DL394 | Jun 10, 2022

On Friday, I flew Delta One from Honolulu to Atlanta. Many of the options were interesting. Given that it was very individual to the route, I chose the Kalua Pork option. Overall, these were two enjoyable meals! Here is the menu:


Online Delta One Menu (HNL-ATL)


Five (5) Delta One Menu Options



Beautiful Honolulu rainbow over our right wing during pushback

Kalua Pork and Hawaiian Mac & Cheese Entree
**Note: Not pictured is the Dulce de Leche ice cream cup that came later from Haagen Dazs


French Toast Breakfast
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