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Delta launches hot towel service, welcome cocktails in international economy class

Source: Delta
Source: Delta

Delta Air Lines is launching Tuesday its upgraded new service in economy class on long international flights, including hot towel service and “welcome cocktails.”

Delta announced over the summer that it planned to revamp its main cabin service on international routes 6.5 hours or longer and on some other international flights that have business class or premium economy service.

The Atlanta-based airline is launching upgraded international service as U.S. carriers increasingly compete against foreign carriers that have become known for offering more upscale service.

In coach class on its long international flights, Delta will now serve cocktails like bellinis shortly after departure. They will not be pre-departure drinks like in first class, but will be served shortly after reaching cruising altitude. The airline says the bellini, a combination of Prosecco and peach puree or nectar, is Italian but "offers a subtle nod to Delta's Georgia roots."

Source: Delta
Source: Delta

Credit: Iain Bagwell

Credit: Iain Bagwell

The new service also includes choices of "premium appetizers" or larger entrees, and an "anytime snack basket" with things like Cheez-Its, Tillamook cheese, Oreos and Biscoff.

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