Delta BusinessElite to Toyko Japanese meal: preorder!

Airline indulgence is out of character for me, but so many years shuttling between the US and China on Northwest/Delta in economy, when a rare upgrade due to overbooking (fly back to the US on Christmas Eve!) would bring me a shot at the Japanese meal, has left fond memories in the 2+ years since I have flown that route.

So when I got the honor of a business trip to Shanghai, I was glad for the email reminder to pre-book a Japanese meal, similar to meal requests such as Kosher or vegetarian. This only applies to Delta’s trans-Pacific routes to/from Japan, not the Asia connections. The Japanese meals are always in short supply, heck, I woke up late today for the mid-flight snack and even the soba was gone.
Delta BusinessElite Japanese Meal email

Frankly, the meal is not what it was when last I plied this route, yet it is still a nice departure from the standard beef/chicken/fish. For instance, the rice used to be wrapped in paper and tied with a string, now it is in a bowl. Still, it is a great way to get in the mood for Japan for those lucky enough to be in business class

Delta BusinessElite Japanese Meal 1

Delta BusinessElite Japanese Meal 2

Sitting at what I affectionately call my ‘command console’ at the main Tokyo-Narita SkyClub (enter, turn left, all the way to the far left seat of the raised tables, my back to snacks, my front to monitors with news and flight status, and windows overlooking gates and runways), it is interesting how travel patterns have shifted with China’s booming economy. Gone are the miso soup and soba, replaced by congee and fried rice.

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Did you mean there is no Japanese meal in economy? That doesn’t make sense. So what does Delta offer to their passengers in economy? Hamburgers and fires?

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@Shannon – in economy there are 2-3 options, usually at least one is Asian style. In economy there is no preorder process for the Asian meal and no specific Japanese meal, though you can preorder the typical special meals like vegetarian and Kosher. The Japanese BusinessElite meal is something they have done special since Northwest times.