By Katherine LaGrave. Photos: Getty.
Next month, Delta will fulfill its February announcement of bringing back free meals on 12 cross-country routes. But the battle over airline customers is fierce, and in the tradition of not-letting-another-carrier-get-a-leg-up economics, American Airlines today announced that they will also be bringing back free food for all fliers on select flights.
Unlike Delta, however, American will limit the meal service to two of the most competitive domestic routes: New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. (Interestingly, American also pioneered these routes in the 1950s.) The routes, flown by specially configured Airbus A321Ts with ten first class seats, ten business class seats, and 72 economy class seats, will see the new service begin May 1. Customers will receive a continental breakfast or a boxed meal with a sandwich wrap, kettle chips, and dessert; the menu also has a fruit and cheese plate and a vegetarian option, according to American.
United Airlines, Virgin America, and JetBlue Airways also frequent these routes, and many have made competitive improvements to their premium classes in order to appeal to business travelers—think the flat-bed BusinessElite cabin on Delta's fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft and JetBlue's mini-business suites on its Airbus A321s. Now, it seems airlines are turning their attention to the much-maligned coach class: Delta announced free Wi-Fi and premium in-flight entertainment for all in June 2016, and American Airlines followed suit in August. Will more freebies be on the way? As legroom goes the way of the buffalo, let's hope so.
This story originally appeared on Conde Nast Traveler.
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