US airline Delta to start giving out free cocktails - in economy

Passengers flying economy internationally with Delta Air Lines from November can expect free cocktails, hot towels and other improvements to the airline's service.

Fancier food options are also part of the upgrade Delta has announced in a push to try and become the best US airline.

Although Delta doesn't fly to New Zealand, Sydney is one of its international destinations, which also include cities throughout Asia, Europe, Africa along with South and Central America.

After the upgrade kicks in, economy or 'main cabin' travelers will get a Bellini made with sparkling wine and peach puree as they board, before being able to mix and match eating options from a menu of 'premium appetisers' and mains.

The dinnerware the food is served on is also being upgraded in economy to more resemble a business class offering.

Delta Air Lines fancy food.
Photo credit: Delta Air Lines

Getting a hot towel won't sound like anything special to regular users of other airlines, but it's apparently a luxury for North American airlines.

"The thoughtful touches we're investing in throughout the new Main Cabin experience were designed by flight attendants with one goal in mind - delivering an exceptional experience that our customers will rave about," says Allison Ausband of Delta.

Delta also recently upgraded its amenity kit offerings in all classes, handing out cleansing towelettes as well as a sleep mask, dental kit and earplugs to economy passengers.