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Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Boeing743
Posted 2007-07-16 04:17:37 and read 5893 times.

I was watching tv this morning. Newsstation in Indianapolis said that Delta Airlines will start hot meal service and that it will cost about $10 dollar. I was think to myself that I have not hear anyting about it. I think that the newstation has to be mistakes on that infomation. So any information about about this is appreciate.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: OOer
Posted 2007-07-16 04:41:43 and read 5832 times.

There is a very strong possibility that we are going to bring food for purchase back. Thats what it was probably referring to. I dont know about hot meals as some aircrafts have had ovens taken out.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Boeing743
Posted 2007-07-16 04:46:05 and read 5813 times.

They said hot meal for purchase for $10 dollars. So how it is possible if DL already pulled some of ovens out of aircrafts? Another possible is that meal is already hot before they are loading on aircraft?

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DeltaAVL
Posted 2007-07-16 04:49:20 and read 5804 times.

Quoting Boeing743 (Reply 2):
So how it is possible if DL already pulled some of ovens out of aircrafts?

As I was sitting here pondering that question, I came upon a sudden enlightenment - maybe Delta will put the ovens back onto the aircrafts.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Boeing743
Posted 2007-07-16 04:57:45 and read 5775 times.

LOL, that may be true but I did check their site and not see any news about it on their homepage. So it may not be released by airlines yet..

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DLOnur
Posted 2007-07-16 05:55:46 and read 5665 times.

It's going to happen sooner rather than later from what Whitehurst said in his internal "chat" recently.....no specifics, but definitely going to happen.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: AA737-823
Posted 2007-07-16 06:37:48 and read 5585 times.

...one would hope.
Come on, Delta, you can do it! Make us happy! Your employees are capable of it, you've got the tiny window of a chance, now go for it!

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: PanAm747
Posted 2007-07-16 06:53:30 and read 5542 times.

Question: How many people are willing to shell out $10 for an inflight meal?

Even with the high prices at airports for their food, I can still get a LOT more to eat for $10 than any meal an airline would provide.

Not to mention, considering how many flights are delayed nowadays, is there any guarantee of the quality?

The Buy-On-Board program, like military MRE's, is the best bet.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: LipeGIG
Posted 2007-07-16 06:57:48 and read 5529 times.

Well, i use to fly LGA-ATL on F and for my surprise last week they served a hot meal for the very first time in 8 trips.
It's a matter of flight time (6 PM departure flight) or even an improvement ?

Felipe

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: AirlineBrat
Posted 2007-07-16 07:35:19 and read 5469 times.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 7):
Question: How many people are willing to shell out $10 for an inflight meal?

I would definitely throw down $10 for a hot meal instead of a brand name package of processed cancer inducer with a shelf life of several decades.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Phatfarmlines
Posted 2007-07-16 07:46:37 and read 5449 times.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 7):
Question: How many people are willing to shell out $10 for an inflight meal?

I would. I take into consideration the convenience factor of not having to bring food onboard & taking extra time to eat prior to departure of flight. I'm talking a real meal also, not a box full of junk-food.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: LACA773
Posted 2007-07-16 08:09:13 and read 5408 times.

[quote=PanAm747,reply=7]Question: How many people are willing to shell out $10 for an inflight meal?

Even with the high prices at airports for their food, I can still get a LOT more to eat for $10 than any meal an airline would provide.

Not to mention, considering how many flights are delayed nowadays, is there any guarantee of the quality?

The Buy-On-Board program, like military MRE's, is the best bet.
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I think it's great if DL does this as they have talked a lot about bringing back full catering since emerging from BK. I was under the impression from what I had read it was going to be complimentary like they currently offer to HNL/OGG/ANC etc..

If they do charge $10 for a full hot meal, chances are I bet they do a great job with it and serve hot meals and accompiments people will actually like since they will put more money into their catering like they did with their great, high quality BOB products they offered on Song.

LACA773

[Edited 2007-07-16 08:10:37]

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: TWA1985
Posted 2007-07-16 15:23:24 and read 5217 times.

Hey, whatever happened to Delta's little plan to bring back complimentary meals back in coach- at least on longer domestic flights? That sounds a whole lot better to me, and to think I actually thought it would happen.

TWA1985

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Davidlc3
Posted 2007-07-16 15:32:44 and read 5188 times.

You have to consider that food onboard is also a form of entertainment as well as nutrition. It gives pax something to do for 20 - 30 minutes...sounds strange but as a former F/A believe me...

The best scenario would be if DL finally got the model right....sell meals for $10 to those customers flying on the cheapest fares and give the meals to their premium and platinum fliers.

Nice job Delta...glad to see you retaking your lead in the airline service world.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DALMD88
Posted 2007-07-16 15:34:48 and read 5179 times.

The only planes that have the ovens removed are the MD88 fleet in coach. Even those still have one in first. All the rest of our fleet still has them. So, hot meals in coach for longer stage length flights is a possiblity.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: LH423
Posted 2007-07-16 15:34:57 and read 5179 times.

Quoting TWA1985 (Reply 12):
Hey, whatever happened to Delta's little plan to bring back complimentary meals back in coach- at least on longer domestic flights?

That's what I thought as well. I recall reading that they were bringing back complimentary hot meals on flights over over 1,750 miles (or, roughly 3.5 hours).

LH423

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: SLCUT2777
Posted 2007-07-16 21:08:58 and read 4955 times.

Quoting LH423 (Reply 15):
That's what I thought as well. I recall reading that they were bringing back complimentary hot meals on flights over over 1,750 miles (or, roughly 3.5 hours).

This would be good on the 752 or 738 trans-con flights they have from SLC amongst other hubs. The short flights from Florida to ATL I think the snack works just great, but ATL-SLC is a good long 4 hour haul. SLC-JFK, BOS, DCA, BWI etc... are all domestic flights that could use this complimentary service. Did DL remove all the ovens like AA did on their remaining MD aircraft? (MD-88, MD-90)

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: COEI2007
Posted 2007-07-16 21:42:48 and read 4887 times.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 7):
Question: How many people are willing to shell out $10 for an inflight meal?

A whole lot of people. I fly for an airline with BOB, and most people buy something. I, personally would rather have BOB, than be served what some airlines constitute as food!

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Srbmod
Posted 2007-07-16 21:45:11 and read 4882 times.

Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 8):
Well, i use to fly LGA-ATL on F and for my surprise last week they served a hot meal for the very first time in 8 trips.
It's a matter of flight time (6 PM departure flight) or even an improvement ?

That is definitely something new, as according to Delta.com, the flight has to be over 3 and a half hours (1550 miles or more) in length for meal service up front.

Economy gets meal service only on certain flights to/from Alaska and Hawaii (depends on flight times) and international flights of more than 5 hours.


I would venture to guess that meal service in economy when it returns will definitely be B.O.B., but I would guess that the length of the flight would determine whether the meal will be a hot meal or something like a sandwich. Something like ATL-LAS or JFK-LAX would offer hot meals for sale, but something like CVG-DFW or JFK-MCO would offer something cold.

At least we can hope it won't be like those infamous SkyDeli sack meals they used to have. Nothing like a cold and hard turkey sandwich........

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Panamair
Posted 2007-07-16 21:51:03 and read 4862 times.

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 18):
Quoting LipeGIG (Reply 8):
Well, i use to fly LGA-ATL on F and for my surprise last week they served a hot meal for the very first time in 8 trips.
It's a matter of flight time (6 PM departure flight) or even an improvement ?

That is definitely something new, as according to Delta.com, the flight has to be over 3 and a half hours (1550 miles or more) in length for meal service up front.

DL breaks the 1550 miles or more rule on four particular routes: JFK-ATL, LGA-ATL, BOS-ATL, and BOS-CVG and actually serves a light meal in F. This can sometimes be a sandwich wrap or a hot pizza.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DALelite
Posted 2007-07-16 22:06:05 and read 4820 times.

Jerry Grienstein said so in the May issue of the SKY Magazine that they will reintroduce the BOB program.

enjoy: DALelite

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DeltAirlines
Posted 2007-07-16 22:06:58 and read 4820 times.

I've always gotten food on my several BOS-ATL flights in F - great in the morning especially, as the breakfast isn't bad; cereal, croissant, yogurt and a fruit plate. Saves me 15 minutes in the morning as I don't bother eating at home or grabbing something at Dunkin's - I'll just have the breakfast on the plane.

They definitely don't serve the standard chicken on this route though (though the standard first class meal has grown on me) - I've always gotten a wrap on BOS-ATL (haven't seen the pizza yet).

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: OOer
Posted 2007-07-16 22:13:12 and read 4792 times.

Quoting DALMD88 (Reply 14):
The only planes that have the ovens removed are the MD88 fleet in coach.

Actually I was referring to the 75X.

Topic: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: MCOAviationFan
Posted 2007-07-17 02:58:03 and read 4597 times.

My understanding is that DL will be starting a BOB service this fall beginning in September on transcon flights from JFK. This program will be gradually expanded over the course of the fall/winter/spring to include all flights over approx. 1000 miles. Longer flights should have some perishable foods and shorter flights will have non-perishables, although not sure of the mileage specifics.


Quoting Panamair (Reply 19):
DL breaks the 1550 miles or more rule on four particular routes: JFK-ATL, LGA-ATL, BOS-ATL, and BOS-CVG and actually serves a light meal in F. This can sometimes be a sandwich wrap or a hot pizza.

As Panamair notes, DL does serve meals in F on these routes which are classified as high yield business routes.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Boeing743
Posted 2007-07-17 04:54:06 and read 4488 times.

It would be nice if more of airlines start food for purchase rather than snackbox. When I flew on NW & WN, they offered snackbox and I was not that satisfy for long trip between IND-LAS-IND. Then on US from IND-PHX, we had choice of snackbox and breakfast sandwich consider sausage, egg, cheese and pancake biscuit. My friend had it and it is so huge and very good and I had snackbox because I has upset stomach that morning. I think that many people would prefer real good meal on long route and nice good cold meal on short route. The reason of good fresh meal is that passengers can enjoy real meal rather than rush to get food from food court then get to gate if they have short connections.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Jr
Posted 2007-07-17 07:24:28 and read 4384 times.

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 7):
Question: How many people are willing to shell out $10 for an inflight meal?

If the quality of the food is good, I would definitely buy. I recently flew on midwest, and tried their $10 meal, and while 10 bucks was not cheap, the food itself was great. The tandoori Beef panini and asparagus soup were of pretty good quality. I was surprised.

Quoting Davidlc3 (Reply 13):
The best scenario would be if DL finally got the model right....sell meals for $10 to those customers flying on the cheapest fares and give the meals to their premium and platinum fliers.

Somehow I think, this will not work. I am delta gold and usually manage to hit that mark on most years, and might even hit platinum this year, but something about it does not feel right even if I get it for free and the kid next to me just gets to watch.... maybe its just me.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: N1120A
Posted 2007-07-17 07:28:06 and read 4379 times.

Quoting OOer (Reply 1):

How are you we at OO, WN and DL?

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Captaink
Posted 2007-07-17 08:11:25 and read 4325 times.

Quoting Davidlc3 (Reply 13):
You have to consider that food onboard is also a form of entertainment as well as nutrition. It gives pax something to do for 20 - 30 minutes...sounds strange but as a former F/A believe me...

That is not too far fetched. Years ago, when I travelled between the Caribbean and New York, I used to plan what I will do during the flight as for me even 4.5 hours is too much, and eating, was taken into consideration.

If DL does something like that, complimetary of course, they will see new customers, and keep the old ones happy.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: LACA773
Posted 2007-07-17 08:42:18 and read 4290 times.

I still remember the days when DL was serving steak on dinner flights and it was actually pretty good considering it's not easy to re-warm steak and do so in an aircraft where it can and does dry out so easily. I believe they had a contract with Omaha Steaks as there was a coupon in Sky.

Song had some very high quality, plentiful meal snacks. They were definitely worth the money and consisted of healthy ingridents, not just a bunch of junk food packages and bags shoved into a cute little box with the airline logo on it, and being charged, $5, exact change is apreciated, thankyou very much for your cooperation.

Maybe it will even wake up UA to bring back meal services on their transcon's, especially p.s. to JFK in E+. It was nice to get a complimentary meal still when flying to JFK in the small "main" cabin, when you have to fly it when no J seats are available, and now that's gone.

My ideas for meal service:

Full meal service: B/L/D
West Coast cities & SLC, PHX, TUS, LAS to east coast cities as well as ATL & CVG.

Hot snack service on flights like LAX-MSY, SLC-MSP, SLC-ORD, ATL-NYC/BOS/WAS/YYZ/YUL.

Hot or cold snack service: NYC/BOS/WAS-MCO/PBI/FLL & etc..

LACA773

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: ATLflyer
Posted 2007-07-17 20:19:54 and read 4103 times.

I hope they have Buy-On-Board for shorter flights (if you want something in addition to their complimentary snack choices) and complimentary full meals for longer flights (possibly on cross-country flights that will offer PTVs).

I also hope the BOB program will allow you to pre-order your meal online before you get on the plane. Didn't Song have this feature?

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Micstatic
Posted 2007-07-17 20:24:43 and read 4091 times.

The need to match American with the same day $25 itin change at 12 hours (instead of 3) before worrying about meals.

Just my two cents.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Evan767
Posted 2007-07-17 20:35:56 and read 4074 times.

Here is one of a few articles that states Delta will bring back complimentary meal service:

http://members.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0521/044.html

"Grinstein is now adding back comforts, services and perks eliminated at other airlines. He's ripping out seats in its mainline jets and adding new leather ones with expanded legroom. Passengers get free HBO (movies, The Sopranos, etc.) on seat-back digital screens. They can also plug in headsets and browse 10,000 songs. Coach customers on flights of 1,750 miles or more get one complimentary alcoholic beverage and full meal service."

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: OOer
Posted 2007-07-17 20:40:43 and read 4055 times.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 26):
How are you we at OO, WN and DL?

Well I started out with OO in 2004, then went to WN in 2006, now I am at DL in 2007...haha

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Highflier92660
Posted 2007-07-17 20:48:05 and read 4043 times.

Quoting ATLflyer (Reply 29):
Didn't Song have this feature?

Exactly. This concept is a carry-over from the pay-per-item "healthy choice" menu on-board the Song Boeing 757's. Don't expect any competition with Midwest Express for culinary excellence but it will be a significant upgrade from the Sun Chips and snack basket.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: MaverickM11
Posted 2007-07-17 21:08:41 and read 4006 times.

Quoting Panamair (Reply 19):
serves a light meal in F. This can sometimes be a sandwich wrap or a hot pizza.

That's it in F? CO serves that for free in Y on even shorter routes.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: EXAAUADL
Posted 2007-07-17 21:15:44 and read 3995 times.

I thought DL was going to start offering free meals in coach for flights over 1500 miles......FOP really didnt work well with DL...I'd prefer the free little snack boxes.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Davidlc3
Posted 2007-07-17 21:43:34 and read 3934 times.

Quoting Jr (Reply 25):
Somehow I think, this will not work. I am delta gold and usually manage to hit that mark on most years, and might even hit platinum this year, but something about it does not feel right even if I get it for free and the kid next to me just gets to watch.... maybe its just me.

It's a valid point but for years the airlines have been screaming that they have no way to provide different levels of service within the same cabin to different fare level paying customers....well, here's a way!

When NWA first tried B.O.B. they printed out coupons for elite fliers to use onboard - good for a B.O.B. meal. To the person seated next to the elite they only saw that another pax was using a coupon - nothing was being given for free.

As one of those guys that used to pay the full Y fare more often than not I would have killed to even get a free drink in my center seat in coach much less a free meal. And it always irked me that I had paid $1100 to sit in a center whilst the guy next to me paid $199.

And yes, Song did offer an incredibly good BOB product. I did a number of ghost flights on them and even looked forward to their food.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: LACA773
Posted 2007-07-18 14:20:18 and read 3712 times.

Has DL mentioned anything about upgrading/changing their domestic F catering? I know a while back it had been mentioned but nothing as of late.

LACA773

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: MCOAviationFan
Posted 2007-07-18 14:52:57 and read 3688 times.

Quoting LACA773 (Reply 37):
Has DL mentioned anything about upgrading/changing their domestic F catering? I know a while back it had been mentioned but nothing as of late

If I remember correctly, DL will be using real glasses and cutlery in F class beginning in the fall. With the addition of BOB also in the fall, F class will be served the same meals being sold in economy, of course, without charge.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: ATLflyer
Posted 2007-07-18 17:22:45 and read 3599 times.

Quoting Evan767 (Reply 31):
Here is one of a few articles that states Delta will bring back complimentary meal service:

http://members.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0521/044.html

"Grinstein is now adding back comforts, services and perks eliminated at other airlines. He's ripping out seats in its mainline jets and adding new leather ones with expanded legroom. Passengers get free HBO (movies, The Sopranos, etc.) on seat-back digital screens. They can also plug in headsets and browse 10,000 songs. Coach customers on flights of 1,750 miles or more get one complimentary alcoholic beverage and full meal service."

Forbes is a pretty reliable source. I sure hope to see this...a flight to the west coast would come with PTVs, complimentary meals and alcoholic beverage! That would be amazing!

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Davidlc3
Posted 2007-07-18 23:26:32 and read 3449 times.

Found out today that they are definitely adding a "high quality" BOB back on board. Sounds akin to some things they did on Song...

Good for Delta.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DTWAGENT
Posted 2007-07-18 23:31:39 and read 3440 times.

From what I understand anything over 3.5 hours and/or 1600 miles they are saying that HOT meals will be free to first and business classes. And on some coach class flights. These flights include ATL/HNL/OGG/LAX/JFK/ATL to Alaska and on all international flights Except for some Caribbean flights. I'm flying first class from DTW to MBJ in Sept. I can let ya all know if it is true or not. But, I say go for it DL.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: DLOnur
Posted 2007-07-19 00:22:27 and read 3383 times.

I just saw a position opening on the internal DL job bid site and there is one (posted yesterday, IIRC) for "Manager: In-Flight Food for Purchase Program" or something to that effect....

Looks like it is going forward.....good for DL.

-o-

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: Srbmod
Posted 2007-07-19 01:57:03 and read 3303 times.

A quick look on the Delta Flight Schedules program I have on my computer shows that those flughts

Quoting MCOAviationFan (Reply 38):
If I remember correctly, DL will be using real glasses and cutlery in F class beginning in the fall. With the addition of BOB also in the fall, F class will be served the same meals being sold in economy, of course, without charge.

That's good to know, as I've got a flight planned on DL in the fall, and while I have no problem with the plastic glasses, the plastic cutlery left a lot to be desired. The "knife" could barely cut into that rock-hard roll. Any plans to bring back real salt and pepper shakers as well? I've gotten more salt and pepper out of the packs you get at Wendy's than those packs they give you with your meal.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: PlanenutzTB
Posted 2007-07-19 05:42:18 and read 3180 times.

Quoting Boeing743 (Thread starter):
I was watching tv this morning. Newsstation in Indianapolis said that Delta Airlines will start hot meal service and that it will cost about $10 dollar. I was think to myself that I have not hear anyting about it. I think that the newstation has to be mistakes on that infomation. So any information about about this is appreciate.

That's $10 more then the hot meal service on Continental.

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: JRDC930
Posted 2007-07-19 06:34:31 and read 3142 times.

For ten bucks i could get a good meal at any ground restaurant... i ll stick with bringing my own food... i pay 400 plus for some flights and im asked to pay more for food... no thanks ill get my food from some other business.

P.S. I have always hated Buy on Board and the ass**** who came up with the idea, id rather get nothing than bay for it in addition to my ticket. In my opinion it just antagonizes passengers in my opinion.... but i dont want to rant.  sigh 

Topic: RE: Is DL Starting A Meal Service?
Username: LACA773
Posted 2007-07-21 19:47:59 and read 3005 times.

Now with VX starting service on the 8th of August, what are your thoughts about DL stepping up the introduction of the complimentary meals on domestic long hauls, BOB etc..?
I was looking and haven't been able to figure out what VX will be offering....
LACA773


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