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* Delta Airlines to use dishware and tableware from Alessi
* Renowned Italian design firm’s products have been featured at the MoMa
* Alessi’s specially-designed pieces for Delta to launch by end of year
Dining with Delta is about to become a whole lot classier. The airline has announced the launch of a new collaboration with Alessi, that will see the renowned Italian design firm create dishes, glassware, utensils, serving trays and accessories for passengers in Delta’s premium cabins.
The collection was based on popular items originally created by six of Alessi’s designers. Among the highlights: crystal glassware, new bone china, stainless steel trays, retro-inspired napkin rings, cocktail kits and salt and pepper shakers. 86 pieces were created in total, and Delta says everything has been tested in-flight, to ensure satisfaction and ease-of-use from both customers and flight attendants.
Alessi, founded in Italy in 1921, is known for its contemporary-meets-retro line of service products and kitchenware, and its pieces have been featured in countless design magazines and in museums around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Alessi’s one-of-a-kind pieces will roll out this year in Delta’s premium cabins, which include Delta One, First Class and Delta Premium Select. This collaboration marks the first time a major design company has worked with an airline in such a large capacity.
In addition to the Alessi collaboration, Delta is also upgrading its customer experience, promising free entertainment, WiFi access and — for the first time in years — a complimentary meal for passengers in the main cabin (on select flights). As for those passengers who don’t get a meal or want the option of buying snacks, the airline says it has also upgraded its free main cabin snack selection, hopefully bidding bon voyage to stale cookies and over-salted peanuts for good.