Delta announced yesterday that as of December 1, 2013, they’ve added complimentary spirits to their international economy service. This includes all international flights that also feature a BusinessElite cabin. Previously only beer and wine were complimentary in economy, while spirits were only complimentary in Economy Comfort (Delta’s extra legroom economy product, which is complimentary for Diamond and Platinum Medallion members internationally).
This does make Delta the most generous when it comes to serving alcohol in international economy, as they’re now the only US carrier offering free spirits. As a point of comparison, here are the policies of the other three (soon to be two) US legacy carriers:
American offers complimentary beer and wine in the main cabin on international flights between the US and Europe, Asia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Peru. Spirits can be purchased for $7 each.
United offers complimentary red, white, and sparkling wine on flights to and within Asia and Micronesia.
US Airways offers complimentary wine on flights to Europe, Tel Aviv, and South America.
Kudos to Delta for this positive change, and here’s to hoping other US carriers match!