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With the exception of Hawaiian Airlines, there was a huge gap during which most airlines offered no free meals or snacks, even on long flights to Hawaii. American Airlines for example hasn’t offered free snacks for 8 years, but things are rapidly changing in the competitive and lucrative U.S airline industry, and it looks like Hawaii will remain among popular destinations see positive changes.
Flights to Hawaii with Complimentary Food
American Airlines brought back free snacks in economy across all flights last year. In addition, as a first indication, American’s Dallas to Honolulu flights now feature free meals in economy. This in a series of small but welcome consolations after years of the airlines striping away all conceivable amenities except possibly the lavatory. American is now reinstating meals on some trans-continental flights. Free meals on all their Hawaii flights will undoubtedly follow in short order.
United Airlines also restored snack service and Delta has always provided snacks. Virgin America does not offer free snacks. Alaska Airlines offers both free snacks and a free Mai Tai en route to Hawaii.
Hawaiian Airlines remains the standout with regards to food when flying to and from Hawaii. They continue to offer snacks plus hot meals including wine on all trans-Pacific flights at meal times.
What’s up next
Beat of Hawaii’s take: It is likely that all airlines will restore meal service on routes to and from Hawaii soon.
Free entertainment returns as well, albeit slowly
American will now be offering free in-seat entertainment with up to 40 movies, 60 TV shows and 300 music albums. Delta has taken a different path, and is offering free streamed movies (67) and television (138 shows) to customer devices. United has free personal device entertainment, while Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin America offer paid entertainment on demand.