Last week, Delta Air Lines announced its latest food and beverage offerings for customers flying in premium cabins, including espresso martinis and rosé.
“Delta is always looking for ways to create moments of delight for customers by evaluating trends, collaborating with partners and introducing items customers may never have thought of or tasted in-flight,” said Kristen Manion Taylor, Delta’s SVP of In-Flight Service. Forbes. “We are constantly reinventing our onboard service to deliver experiences similar to those you have at home or on the road.”
The espresso martini became a favorite at home during the pandemic and remains a staple of bars across America. The Atlanta-based airline, in partnership with Tip Top, presents its espresso martini, “classic cocktails in small cans.”
“We love that all of Tip Top’s cocktails are classic, well-balanced, easy-to-drink versions of traditional recipes and – given their popularity – we wanted to offer customers even more variety,” said Taylor.
Delta first announced Tip Top as their cocktail partner in 2021 when they launched their margarita and old-fashioned service, “which quickly became a customer favorite,” Taylor added. Next came the Negroni as a limited time offer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with Delta donating 20 percent of all onboard purchases to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation during the month of October.
Taylor said the espresso martini marks the beginning of their expanded collaboration to introduce a rotational cocktail program. “[It] was a natural first choice – Tip Top launched this cocktail in November 2022 and we are delighted to be able to offer it on board,” said Taylor.
In addition to elevated cocktails, Delta’s has upgraded their wine list with La Fête du Rosé, a premium label, produced in collaboration with the prestigious Chateau Saint-Maur winemakers. “The pastel pink wine is perfectly balanced with a silky smooth palate of vibrant strawberry grenadine and berries, ending with a remarkable freshness,” Taylor said, adding that the team plans their onboard offerings at least six months in advance. “As our team considers different options, we consider a number of factors, including historical preference data (which we collect from thousands of flights!), post-flight culinary experience surveys, including feedback from our crew, and overall trends and feedback from customers, such as an increased preference for plant-based meals or – in this case – a refreshing rosé.”
The process involved vetting several suppliers who “not only provide us with the best products, but also help us offer products made by people who are reflective of the communities in which we live, work and serve,” explains Taylor , adding that La Fête du Rosé is a black-owned brand whose founder, Donae Burston, is also committed to underrepresented and underserved communities.
Delta has previously served rosé on board as well, partnering with Une Femme ‘The Callie’ sparkling rosé—the brand produces 100 percent women-made champagne and sparkling wine; for every bottle the company sells, it donates to a charitable organization with the goal of improving women’s lives. Currently, Taylor shared, customers can still enjoy Une Femme onboard with their exclusive sparkling wine for Delta, “The Betty.” “The canned wine is a classic, light and versatile Blanc de Blancs with notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom and Meyer lemon zest,” said Taylor.
The menu revamp also sees the return of Delta One’s signature dessert cart, Questlove’s Cheesesteak made with Impossible meats, and seasonal specials from regionally inspired pre-arrival menus, such as Spanish-style tapas or traditional afternoon tea.