Delta Air Lines is improving the inflight experience for passengers nearly two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by resuming hot meal service in first class and bringing back snack options on every flight this winter.
“Starting in March, first class customers on select flights of 900 miles or more will once again be able to enjoy hot meals featuring local ingredients and favorite items,” said Allison Ausband, executive vice president and director of Delta’s customer experience. “Menu highlights include ginger beer braised osso bucco, wild mushroom ravioli, chicken cacciatore, and French bread pizza.”
“Plus, customers can enjoy barbecue beef short ribs from Atlanta favorite Fox Bros. Bar-BQ on select flights from Atlanta. Our desserts will also delight, with sweets like ricotta cheesecake , frozen Greek yogurt with cherry syrup and a strawberry, rhubarb and pretzel pie.”
“We’re also bringing back four snack options on every flight starting this month. You’ll be able to choose from Biscoff Cookies, Almonds, Rold Gold Pretzels and USDA Certified Organic Bars from Kate’s Real Food; we currently offer their of dark chocolate with cherries and almonds,” added Ausband.
The airline also announced that it is partnering with leading online grocery platform Instacart from next week, allowing travelers to link their SkyMiles and Instacart accounts to earn miles on purchases, with special earning bonuses for Instacart Express members.
Members will earn one mile for every dollar spent (excluding taxes, tips and fees) with Instacart while Instacart Express members will earn 1.5 miles for every dollar spent. Additionally, members will receive special access to extended free trials of up to 12 months of Instacart Express, Delta said.
“As we welcome new members to the SkyMiles program at record levels, we know that most shop more often than they fly. This new partnership is one way for us to offer our customers the most loyal still more valuable outside of their journey.” Josh Kaehler, director of SkyMiles partnerships at Delta, said in a statement.
The news comes just weeks after Delta announced plans to add new eco-friendly onboard items, including artisan-made amenity kits, recycled bedding, service items and reusable cutlery. and biodegradable and premium canned wine instead of bottles.