US carriers add economy freebies to counter transatlantic budget deals

Major US airlines are improving their international flight economy class menus and adding free extras in a bid to stop a mass passenger exodus to low-cost carriers that advertise fares of less than US$100 for a transatlantic flight.
By the end of 2018, Delta's first, business and premium-economy passengers will be able to preselect meals before boarding and drink free sparkling wine.
 
American Airlines offers economy passengers free ice cream and has added local beers to the food cart.
 
Competing budget carriers include Wow, Norwegian, IAG's Level and soon, Iceland's Primera Air, which plans to start flying in April from Newark and Boston to Paris, France, plus London and Birmingham in England, advertising fares as low as US$99.

 

US carriers add economy freebies to counter transatlantic budget deals

Major US airlines are improving their international flight economy class menus and adding free extras in a bid to stop a mass passenger exodus to low-cost carriers that advertise fares of less than US$100 for a transatlantic flight.
By the end of 2018, Delta's first, business and premium-economy passengers will be able to preselect meals before boarding and drink free sparkling wine.
 
American Airlines offers economy passengers free ice cream and has added local beers to the food cart.
 
Competing budget carriers include Wow, Norwegian, IAG's Level and soon, Iceland's Primera Air, which plans to start flying in April from Newark and Boston to Paris, France, plus London and Birmingham in England, advertising fares as low as US$99.