Delta Air Lines has started toying with some changes in its food offerings for economy class passengers, revamping its snack lineup and experimenting with a return to free meals one some flights.
And for peanut purists, the news may not be good.
The airline said that on December 14, it will eliminate its traditional Delta-branded Main Cabin snacks – except for Biscoff cookies, which it will keep — in favor of a new lineup that includes pretzels from Snyder’s of Hanover, NatureBix apple cinnamon yogurt bars, and Squirrel Brand peanuts.
But here’s the thing: The Squirrel peanuts will be honey-roasted, replacing Delta’s traditional lightly salted nuts. And they won’t be available on shorter flights – only the cookies and the pretzels will be. Coach flyers on trips of more than 600 miles will get a choice of all four snacks. (On international flights, the choices will be pretzels or honey-roasted peanuts.)
As a Georgia-based airline, it’s no surprise that Delta is one of only two major airlines that still serve peanuts. (Southwest does, too.) But honey roasted? Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not a fan. Honey roasted peanuts and flavored coffees are two food adulterations I could live without.
“It’s good that Delta is looking for ways to spice up the experience. But it’s a bummer that the choices are carb-only for shorter flights. Honey-roasted peanuts are favored by a niche of travelers, but the salted ones probably had broader appeal. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, there’s no more low-carb option,” says frequent Delta flyer and blogger Ramsey Qubein.
Want to try the new snacks in advance? Delta has set up vending machines with free samples at airports in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles. The airline also said that it plans to change the snack lineup more often in the future, “based on direct customer feedback.” So if you’d prefer something else — celery stalks? M&Ms? potato chips? baby carrots? –be sure to let the airline know.
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Meanwhile, economy class passengers on Delta’s New York JFK-San Francisco/Los Angeles flights may see something else on their tray tables: a free meal.
The airline has reportedly started testing a return to free coach meals on those lucrative transcontinental routes, which are among the industry’s most competitive. Delta says that on flights that are participating in the testing, the complimentary meals include the option of a Honey Maple Breakfast Sandwich or Luvo Breakfast Medley on morning flights and an option of Mesquite-Smoked Turkey Combo with chips and a brownie bite or Luvo Mediterranean Whole Grain Veggie Wrap with grapes and a cookie on afternoon flights.
But getting back to the peanuts… Is it just me, or do you think that salted peanuts are better than the honey-roasted variety? Please leave your comments below.
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