Delta next month will begin to serve complimentary light meals to coach-class passengers “on select coast-to-coast-flights,” including flights out of Seattle, Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
A free light meal on your cross-country flight? Not just pretzels. Free.
Hey, what year is it?
Actually, it’s 2017.
Delta announced Thursday that next month it will begin to serve complimentary light meals to coach-class passengers “on select coast-to-coast-flights,” including flights out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
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The airline eliminated free meals in economy class back in 2001 and other U.S. carriers followed suit. No airline has been offering free fresh meals on domestic flights throughout the airplane for a decade.
After years of airlines milking passengers for every little extra, including what was standard for free just a few years ago, Delta’s move is a tiny reversal in the trend.
The complimentary meal service debuts on flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco on March 1.
On April 24, the airline will expand the complimentary meals service to 10 major domestic markets, including Seattle, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.
That will include flights from Seattle to JFK , Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Raleigh/Durham.
In the morning, passengers will be able to choose between a hot breakfast sandwich, a wrap with a cookie and fruit, or a fruit and cheese plate.
During the day, customers can select from a turkey sandwich combination, a veggie wrap, or a fruit and cheese plate.
On red-eye flights, passengers will be offered a breakfast bar during the pre-arrival beverage service.
Airlines have been enjoying fat profits for several years, largely due to cost cutting and low fuel prices. Last year, Delta made a net profit of $4.4 billion.
The move to offer meals follows a test run conducted late last year that produced a significant increase in customer satisfaction scores.
Delta is offering the meals initially on its longest transcontinental flights, on which it faces competition from other airlines.