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Delta Adds New Onboard Summer Food & Beverage Service Items

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Delta Air Lines has revamped its onboard food and beverage offering, both in the premium and main cabin. There are new food items, warm drinks, alcoholic beverages, desserts, and more, and your next flight could feature one of these new selections. Delta has always been a market leader with onboard service, so these latest enhancements are an investment to get customers to choose Delta.

New Beverage Options

New Teas

A new tea selection will be served onboard using supplier Thrive Farmers, a Certified B corporation. In all classes of service, you’ll be able to enjoy English Breakfast tea, and if you’re seated in the premium cabin you’ll have the choice between Guizhou Green, Egyptian Chamomile, Pacific Peppermint, and Earl Grey. Most of the farmers for these new teas are located in Rwanda, India, China, Egypt, and the U.S.

Cold Brew Coffee

Premium cold brew coffee will be available from Explorer Cold Brew Company, an LGBTQ+-owned company, on transcontinental routes (primarily New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO)) and on long-haul Hawaii flights, such as Detroit (DTW) to Honolulu (HNL). Combined with water, this concentrate creates a smooth, caffeinated cold brew, much different than the current coffee options on board Delta.

Sparkling Wine

Une Femme is launching a Delta-only sparkling wine blend called The Betty, set to be introduced in July of 2022. As the winemaker describes it, it is a “Blanc de Blancs with notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom and Meyer lemon peel.” This will be available in all cabins and eventually sold to the general public.

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Une Femme canned sparkling wine will be introduced on all Delta flights. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Canned Cocktails

Tip Top Proper Cocktails has previously offered an Old Fashioned and Margarita, but only on domestic flights, and soon these canned cocktails will be available on all transoceanic flights as well. These convenient cans contain everything inside — there’s no mixing or measurements you need to do.

New Beer

Big Wave Golden Ale from Kona Brewing Company is a sweet beer that offers subtle hints of citrus and honey, according to the manufacturer, and will soon be boarded on all domestic flights. This Hawaiian favorite is a great addition to Delta’s already expansive beer selection.

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New Dining Options

Ice Cream

Delta is partnering with High Road Craft to introduce High Road’s Vanilla Fleur De Sel ice cream onboard premium cabins, along with a variety of toppings. In addition, Delta will launch a premade sundae later this summer that includes speculoos cookies, jammy cherries, and fudge caramel.

New Snacks

Mini Sunchips Harvest Cheddar Flavored Whole Grain Snacks and Kate’s Real Food Lemon Coconut Bars will be introduced on all flights where there is a snack-basket offering.

Flight Fuel Plates

On flights of 900 miles or more, Delta will now board 2 new fresh items — a fruit and cheese plate and a chicken salad croissant sandwich. Both will be available for purchase.

Flight Fuel Snack Boxes

In addition to the fresh items, Delta is introducing 2 new snack boxes, one with hummus with pita chips, dried fruit, and pitted green olives, and another with potato chips, gummy bears, and cookies (for the unhealthy among us). These are dry snacks and will be boarded and sold on flights over 900 miles.

Final Thoughts

It’s great to see Delta invest in the premium customer experience by offering new cocktails, drinks, snacks, and meals. These soft enhancements really do make passengers want to choose Delta over another airline, and set Delta apart as a more premium airline than similar competitors.

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James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.

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