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Another sign of travel rebound: Delta to resume first-class hot meals on flights


In another sign that travel is returning to pre-pandemic habits, Delta Air Lines is resuming hot meals in first class and increasing free snack options from two to four for all passengers on domestic flights.

Starting in March, the Atlanta-based carrier’s first-class customers on most flights of 900 miles or more will once again be served hot meals. Domestically, hot meals were reintroduced last year for First Class and Delta One customers on select coast-to-coast flights. International passengers are served hot entrees on Delta flights 6.5 hours or longer.

Delta, the dominant carrier in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport halted onboard service in March 2020 as COVID-19 swept the country. Since April, Delta has been gradually reintroducing the catering service.

First-class menu highlights include osso buco braised in ginger beer, wild mushroom ravioli, chicken cacciatore and French bread pizza. Desserts can include ricotta cheesecake, frozen Greek yogurt with cherry syrup, and strawberry, rhubarb, and pretzel pie.

Additionally, First Class customers departing from Atlanta can have the option of enjoying barbecued prime rib from local favorite Fox Bros. Bar-BQ.

For all passengers, Delta is offering four complimentary snack options: Biscoff Cookies, Almonds, Rold Gold Pretzels, and Kate’s Real Food Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond Bar. Delta previously offered two free snacks.

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