Delta Brings Back Free In-Flight Meals

If you're of a certain age, you may remember "the good old days" when a hot meal onboard your flight was a given. Now, for the most part, airlines have cut corners in every way and your hearty meal has been replaced by maybe a snack.

Well, Delta is going retro and has announced that free in-flight meals will be included for coach passengers on domestic flights between New York and San Francisco and Los Angeles starting Mar. 1, making it the only domestic airline to offer this for coast-to-coast flights. In April, the same service will be extended to flights to and from Seattle, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

So, what are the goods? If you're on a Delta flight in the morning, expect a honey maple breakfast sandwich or a fruit and cheese platter. During the day, customers can order a mesquite-smoked turkey combo or a Luvo Mediterranean whole grain veggie wrap. For overnight flights, passengers will get a breakfast bar before deplaning.

"We are all about making our main cabin experience the best it can be for our customers and offering free, high quality meals is a big part of that experience," said Allison Ausband, Delta's Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service in a statement. "When we tested this concept, our customers loved it and appreciated it so we are implementing in our most strategic markets."