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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

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Current 2022 First Class meal service status -- [NOTE - all D1 flights, domestic and international, receive hot meal service]. Current FC meal service consists of cold meal boxes with the exception of JFK-SEA and BOS-SEA/SFO FC marketed flights which receive hot meal service. Some limited routes (seemingly hub-to-hub and certain high-profile routes also receiving plated meal service). This includes both domestic and international DL FC marketed flights. All flights over 900 miles which depart before 9PM (scheduled) receive meal service in FC. In addition, flights over 2300 miles will receive meal service in FC for departures after 9PM.

Delta confirmed in a press release that Hot Meals will return in March 2022

Not withstanding the official Delta press releases and what the itinerary shows for "meal", reviews have shown that the flights to or from the following airports continue to have sad boxes and no actual meals:
PHX*, IAD, DFW, EYW, AUA, AUS, OAK, ELP, ABQ, TUS
*Narrowbody flights only


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Old Jan 1, 22, 8:24 pm
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Delta In-Flight Meal/Food Service: The Definitive Thread — 2022 Edition

New year, new thread. Hopefully we start to see improvements with Domestic FC meal catering soon. The sad boxes can’t go away fast enough!
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Old Jan 3, 22, 1:46 pm
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ATL-LHR, Jan 5th, D1 meal choices (available for selection since Dec 29th):

SIGNATURE SELECTION
A collection of our customer favorites available on your flight
BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB
with Cheddar Grits, Shiitake Mushrooms and Asparagus
SPRINGER MOUNTAIN CHICKEN BREAST
with duck fat & sumac roasted autumn vegetables and orange jus lie
APPLE AND GOAT CHEESE TORTELLONI*
with honey roasted pecans, ras el hanout and sweet & sour butternut squash puree
*Vegetarian Selection

LIMITED SELECTION
Exclusive entrée options curated for this market and only available when ordered prior to departure
CRAB CAKES
with corn puree and asparagus, carrots, radishes in creole mustard
ANTICO PIZZA MARGHERITA TRADIZIONALE
with Calabrian peppers and pecorino cheese
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Old Jan 3, 22, 7:58 pm
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1/3 ATL-SFO

Sad box. Usual crap. Charcuterie was sadder than normal. Prosciutto inconsumable, even after excessive mastication. Deposited discreetly back into saddest box and sent away.

*SIGH*
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Old Jan 4, 22, 2:52 pm
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1/3 FLL-ATL. Awesome FA. No PDB. Snack basket passed. Got a thank you note!
1/3 ATL-PHX A333. No PBD despite being on board for 2 hours with 2 MECH delays. Sad box with Turkey sandwich. Partner had Salmon Salad, he said was good. Some apple slices and grapes (what is this? Preschool?) and pumpkin swirl bread. Coach wine minis and plastic cups. Wi-Fi did not work. No snack basket and no proactive refills. Had to ask for more when they passed through for rubbish.
Back to AA/UA for me...
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Old Jan 7, 22, 6:11 pm
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1/4 JFK-SEA - Delta One

Beef Short Rib

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf


These meals were both pretty good. The focaccia was a little overcooked, but the meatloaf had a solid crowd pleasing marinara flavor and the short rib was fairly tender. I wouldn't say either was a stand out memorable star - the short rib was pretty bland and the potatoes were blander despite looking great - but both were entirely reasonable cuisine I wouldn't complain about on an international flight. The salad was a goat cheese salad that I really enjoyed, and the cheesecake dessert was much better than the cream/pudding affair we were served on the outbound flight from SEA.

These were not our preordered choices because - shocker - our original BOS-SEA flight was cancelled. So no data on the actual menu description of these.

On the plus side, getting rebooked via JFK meant we were no longer in faux Delta One, so bedding was catered. It was the new Co-Z-Z-Z bedding, though, which I found far too thin and insubstantial; it would be much more at home in premium economy than business class, and I think it's a huge downgrade from the old Westin bedding. I hope they reconsider that offering moving forward. But I suppose it's better than the zero bedding we were provided for the outbound redeye!
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Old Jan 7, 22, 6:12 pm
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Any news yet on when the SAD boxes are going away?
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Old Jan 7, 22, 6:32 pm
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ATL-SCL, Jan. 2022, Delta One, A333

Antico Pizza dinner. The pizza was much better than what I was expecting. Thicker but crispy crust. I assumed the reheating process would produce a soggy crust, but that was not the case. The taste was more along the line of a margarita pizza vs. a pizza with spicier peppers as described (I did not taste or see any peppers).

Would have been better if the side was a larger side leaf salad. Instead, the sides were bread (the pizza already provided bread) and a goat cheese-based salad (pizza had a good amount of mozzarella; under the yellow beets and bit of greens was a large piece of goat cheese).

I enjoyed this and it seemed like a unique choice for a lighter D1 meal, which was what I wanted.

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Old Jan 7, 22, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by BenA View Post
1/4 JFK-SEA - Delta One

Beef Short Rib

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf


These meals were both pretty good. The focaccia was a little overcooked, but the meatloaf had a solid crowd pleasing marinara flavor and the short rib was fairly tender. I wouldn't say either was a stand out memorable star - the short rib was pretty bland and the potatoes were blander despite looking great - but both were entirely reasonable cuisine I wouldn't complain about on an international flight. The salad was a goat cheese salad that I really enjoyed, and the cheesecake dessert was much better than the cream/pudding affair we were served on the outbound flight from SEA.

These were not our preordered choices because - shocker - our original BOS-SEA flight was cancelled. So no data on the actual menu description of these.

On the plus side, getting rebooked via JFK meant we were no longer in faux Delta One, so bedding was catered. It was the new Co-Z-Z-Z bedding, though, which I found far too thin and insubstantial; it would be much more at home in premium economy than business class, and I think it's a huge downgrade from the old Westin bedding. I hope they reconsider that offering moving forward. But I suppose it's better than the zero bedding we were provided for the outbound redeye!
These look good!

Did your meatloaf taste like orange peels? The last chicken meatloaf I had on DL prob had half an orange's worth of shaved peel in the meat and that's ALL you tasted.
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Old Jan 8, 22, 11:28 am
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Despite some reports of new sad boxes, had the same dinner set on MSP-SFO last night: chicken salad sandwich, prosciutto sandwich, and ancient grain bowl. Also, TIL it's possible to get chocolate squares this small - shame!

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Old Jan 8, 22, 1:37 pm
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I have a food question. I have a 9am flight on the 19th msp-mex in first. Its a breakfast flight. What might i expect? I know catering can and does change. Just wondering maybe in general.
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Old Jan 8, 22, 2:06 pm
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I have a food question. I have a 9am flight on the 19th msp-mex in first. Its a breakfast flight. What might i expect? I know catering can and does change. Just wondering maybe in general.
smoked salmon sandwich box, granola/yogurt box, charcuturie box
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Old Jan 8, 22, 2:33 pm
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Delta One LHR - JFK
Burrata Truffle Ravioli




Surprisingly good!

The roll was ice cold and hard and I still wish they'd bring the ice cream later and not with the meal but it was also so frozen I guess it needed time to thaw!
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Old Jan 8, 22, 4:08 pm
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Delta One LHR - JFK
Burrata Truffle Ravioli




Surprisingly good!

The roll was ice cold and hard and I still wish they'd bring the ice cream later and not with the meal but it was also so frozen I guess it needed time to thaw!
this is an economy meal on real plates. What a joke.
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Old Jan 8, 22, 5:20 pm
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Delta has programmed the avg pax to accept this new catering standard as amazing. Wake up people! The above pic is what is served in European short haul biz class. It's an insult to call this international business class catering.
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Old Jan 8, 22, 6:06 pm
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I was told by a flight attendant that hot food is returning in February
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