Aug 1, 2013
SAO PAULO and ATLANTA, Aug. 1, 2013 — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) introduced today its new Business class menu on flights to and from Mexico City. The menu, which had been in planning and testing for the past six-months, takes the pleasure of eating on board to a new level with regionally inspired meals designed by Chef Michelle Bernstein.
"It is an absolute honor and pleasure to be creating menus with Delta for one of my favorite gastronomic areas of the world, Mexico”, said Bernstein. “I truly hope customers will enjoy some of the inspirations and flavors of Mexico that I have added to the recipes. I will never forget my first trip to Oaxaca and tasting Mole Negro for the first time, a taste I hope to never forget; or walking the streets of Mexico City sharing the best Tacos Al Pastor, I never knew existed; Veracruz for its amazing fish dishes; and Puebla for its Mole Poblano. This has been the most enjoyable menu I have created thus far for Delta. Buen provecho!"
As part of Delta’s goal to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America and the Caribbean, over the last two years the airline has included a series of upgrades to the on board experience, including new menus on flights to South America. The latest enhancement includes Business class meals to Mexico City.
“Part of being the best U.S. airline in Latin America is about constantly listening to our customers and responding accordingly,” said Carlos E. Hernandez, Delta´s director — Mexico. “The enthusiastic response to regional menus launched in Delta BusinessElite for South America last year prompted us to work with Chef Bernstein to expand our offering to the Mexican market and include more locally inspired dishes.”
The new Business class meals will be featured in all flights between Mexico City and the United States. Some of the new entrees showcased on the breakfast menu are Huevos a la Mexicana, Breakfast Burritos and Chocolate Pancakes. On the lunch/dinner menu some of the selections for first course include Black Bean Hummus and Tortilla Española. Examples of the main course are Turkey Albondigas with Sofrito Sauce and Braised Short Ribs with Mole Sauce.
Maintaining high-end, quality meals in Business class on Delta is a demanding and exacting process filled with multiple challenges. At the normal cruising altitude of 35,000 feet, the low humidity in the cabin dries out the nose and mouth, resulting in a diminished ability to sense flavor, thus meals created on the ground will not taste the same when eaten in flight.
To achieve excellent results, Chef Bernstein favors the use of fresh ingredients at all times, including seasonal vegetables, herbs and spices which infuse her signature dishes with the bold and bright flavors of Mexico.
Once the menu was finalized, Chef Bernstein supervised the training of the catering staff who prepares Delta’s Business class meals every day.
Delta also announced last November its 2013 Business class wine offerings selected by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson including wines from South America, France, Spain, Portugal and South Africa amongst other.
Additional information is available on Delta's blog: http://takingoff.delta.com/post/57156363458/taste-mexico-business-elite.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta is working to become the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean and was just recognized with the Best Airline to North America award by Prêmio Destaque Companhia de Viagem, by Grupo Companhia. As part of that goal Delta has established a long-term exclusive alliance with GOL Línhas Aereas Inteligentes investing more than US $100 million in GOL. Likewise, Delta has invested more than US $65 million in Aeroméxico as part of a long-term exclusive commercial alliance and entered a code sharing agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas solidifying its footprint in Latin America. Executive Travel magazine recognized Delta with the Gold Leading Edge Award for the Best Flight Experience to Mexico. Delta provides service to 28 countries and 44 destinations in the region offering more than 1,200 weekly flights between Latin America/Caribbean and the U.S. Spanish speaking Delta customers can receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through its Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Brazilian customers can also access Delta´s dedicated Brazil Facebook page visiting http://www.facebook.com/DeltaAirLinesBrasil.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
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