Finally: Delta’s bringing back hot meals on select US flights

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Back in the day, domestic flyers enjoyed elaborate meals, like Langostino Thermidor and broiled filet mignon. Today, Delta travelers paying thousands of dollars for a business-class seat are served little more than a prepackaged box with a mix of candy and processed food.

Fortunately, that’ll begin to change later this week. As of this Tuesday, June 15, Delta One and first class flyers will once again receive hot meals on flights between Boston (BOS) and New York-JFK and Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Seattle (SEA).

According to Delta, flyers can expect “popular breakfast, lunch and dinner items like lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry thyme syrup, a smoked salmon plate with bagel chips, and beef short ribs with whipped potatoes.”

Meanwhile, on flights departing Los Angeles, “Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are preparing their acclaimed Italian-American fare, which includes staples like marinara-braised meatballs and juicy chicken parmesan,” such as the dish pictured below. You’ll be able to browse the menu using your seat-back screen.

The move brings a handful of Delta’s flights in line with competitor offerings — American Airlines and United have both been serving full meals on premium routes, though passengers will still find that service is scaled back considerably on shorter flights.

Even with Delta’s latest catering update, the airline’s food and beverage program is but a hint of what it once was. Delta One, first class and Comfort+ passengers will find a complimentary snack basket on the airline’s “domestic longer-haul flights,” with items like Kind Energy bars, potato chips and cookies, but in many cases, full meals have yet to return.

Related: What’s it like to fly Delta One across the country during the pandemic?

Fortunately, more upgrades are coming down the pike. Travelers in Delta One and first class will find new options on flights over 1,500 miles beginning “later this summer,” including “artisan sandwiches, salads and bowls.”

It’s all a step in the right direction, for sure, but there’s plenty of work left to be done.

Featured photo by Chris Dong/The Points Guy

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