For a little in-flight indulgence, fresh and seasonally-inspired fare are the key ingredients – a philosophy Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is dishing out in Flight Fuel, the latest on-board dining options for customers.
Flight Fuel, which replaces the current EATS program beginning June 1, focuses on healthful options, fresh ingredients and more frequent refreshes to align with Delta’s evolving culinary strategy. The program will be available for purchase on flights over 900 miles within North America.
“The newly branded Flight Fuel program extends far beyond a name change, it’s really about introducing multiple new menu offerings and providing transparency into ingredient and allergen information for customers,” said Allison Ausband, Delta’s Senior Vice President of In-Flight Service. “This latest enhancement is another step in the right direction for Delta as we continue to improve the overall customer experience and provide a variety of fresh, healthy options in flight.”
The program will have three menus, Flight Fuel, Flight Fuel Premium, offered on transcontinental nonstop flights between JFK and LAX/SFO, and Flight Fuel Hawaii, which will be updated every six months, respectively.
Flight Fuel will feature refreshed snack boxes including Crave, Crunch and Tapas, which is the U.S. airline industry’s only non-GMO snack box. Aligning with the airline’s focus on providing transparency and options for customers, all snack boxes will feature full ingredient and allergen labeling.
Some highlights of the menu include a fruit and cheese plate, a turkey sandwich option with chips and a brownie, continental breakfast, breakfast sandwich options and three Luvo wraps, which were revamped in February. Luvo’s approach to in-flight meal and snack options aligns with the airline’s strategy to offer more healthful options on board. Through the Luvo partnership, Delta flyers can choose from chef-created, nutritionist-approved wraps that are packed with nutritional value and contain less than 500 calories and limited sodium and added sugars. Luvo’s selection of Southwest Grilled Chicken wraps, Sesame Grilled Chicken wraps and Mediterranean Whole Grain Veggie wraps give customers a superior option for healthy, delicious menu items on select Delta flights.
Flight Fuel Premium, offered on transcontinental flights between JFK and SFO/LAX, will also feature Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle and a high-quality fruit and cheese plate co-branded with Murray’s Cheese, New York’s most iconic cheese shop.
Founded in 1940 in the heart of Greenwich Village, Murray's Cheese is one of New York’s most beloved cheese shops. Through its flagship stores on Bleecker Street and in Grand Central Station’s food market, Murray’s offers hundreds of domestic and imported artisan cheeses, along with a large selection of specialty goods, solidifying the company’s commitment to bring the best cheese selection to the U.S.
“After traveling the world in search of the best cheeses, we are thrilled to bring some of our favorites to Delta passengers,” said Murray’s Owner and President Rob Kaufelt. “We carefully curated these special collections to mirror Delta’s spirit of innovation, and we’re excited to share our passion for cheese with Delta customers.”
To top it off, all fresh Flight Fuel products will be packaged in sustainable, earth-friendly, recyclable materials.
In addition to Flight Fuel, Delta has in the last year been making evolutionary enhancements to its system-wide chef-curated food programs featuring the culinary talents of Chef Linton Hopkins and Michelle Bernstein, as well as Danny Meyer, New York City restaurateur and CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group. As a global carrier, Delta features seasonally rotating, regionally-influenced menus that showcase ingredients sourced at the height of flavor, often from artisan, local small-batch producers.
Additionally, Delta partners with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson to create a robust wine program that also incorporates a seasonal approach pairing perfectly with the airline’s Delta One menus.