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Published on Monday, February 20, 2017

US carrier to reintroduce meal service



A US airline has taken the unusual step of reinstating free meals for economy class passengers on a range of flights.

From March 1, Delta will serve complimentary breakfast, lunch or dinner on transcontinental routes, initially from New York JFK to LA and San Francisco.

Then in April, its meal service will be expanded to Seattle, San Diego and Phoenix from JFK, and cross-country flights from Boston, Washington National Airport, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Raleigh-Durham.

Even 'basic economy' ticket holders will be fed for free.

The airline dropped free food from economy more than 15 years ago but brought it back on flights to and from Honolulu last summer.

"People appreciate not being nickel-and-dimed on these long flights. We believe this will be a competitive advantage," Lisa Bauer, Delta's vice president of on-board services said in an interview.

Bauer said the meal service was a big hit with fliers during a trial period last year.

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