Just a few months before United Airlines and Continental Airlines merged, Continental was one of the last domestic carriers to offer free meals on some domestic flights to its economy class passengers. Continental announced it was ending “meals at mealtime” in early 2010, and ever since then it has largely been a race to the bottom at United. Heck, they don’t even offer free meals in economy class on flights between Newark and Honolulu or on their p.s. service from LAX/SFO to JFK.
Some people like to compare United to Delta, the airline that inspired the acronym “Driving Every Loyal Traveler Away.” And it’s true, SkyMiles isn’t anything to be proud of. But I do think Delta offers superior service if loyalty programs and elite status are taken out of the equation.
Delta issued a press release today saying it will be offering free meals in Economy Comfort and available for purchase in Economy on its transcontinental flights between LAX/SFO/SEA and JFK. These will be catered by Luvo, which already provides snacks on Delta’s West Coast shuttle flights. (HT to nerdbirdsjc on FlyerTalk)
- Luvo Quinoa Crunch Wrap (360 calories) – Fresh crunchy vegetables, quinoa, avocado, edamame hummus, black rice and bean salad in an olive oil-whole wheat tortilla with a side of seedless grapes and a multi-seed coconut chocolate chip cookie.
- Luvo Grilled Chicken Wrap (400 calories) – Spiced grilled chicken, crisp romaine lettuce, avocado, cherry tomato, vegan herb aioli, in an olive oil-whole wheat tortilla with a side of seedless grapes and a multi-seed coconut chocolate chip cookie.
- Luvo Roast Turkey & Havarti Wrap (440 calories) – Sliced roast turkey breast, havarti cheese, black rice and bean salad, arugula, edamame hummus in an olive oil-whole wheat tortilla with a side of seedless grapes and a multi-seed coconut chocolate chip cookie.
Delta is the only carrier of the big three to offer a premium transcon service between Seattle and JFK. Delta will eventually be the only carrier to offer widebody aircraft on some of these routes (though it does have some narrowbody 757s, much like United’s 757-only p.s. fleet and American’s new A321T fleet, which are replacing current 767s). It will be interesting to see if American and United decide to match Delta’s decision to restore “meals at mealtime” regardless of your class of service.