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One airline is offering a three-course meal AND wine to economy class passengers

Flying economy can sometimes be daunting, but this American airline is testing out plans to make the experience a little bit better for its long-haul customers.

Delta Airlines might be setting a new standard for economy class meals. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Delta Airlines is, in fact, rolling out a new three-course meal and wine option for its economy passengers, an experience that should make “our culinary experience onboard feel more like dining at a favorite restaurant,” said a Delta spokeswoman.

This new option starts with “Welcome Bubbles” upon takeoff, with passengers being offered a cocktail service featuring bellinis and three different brands of sparkling waters, plus the other choices from the cocktail cart. The three courses of the meal are served separately instead of being on a single tray, and are preceded by a printed menu with all the options passengers can choose from.

It’s undeniable that flying economy can be very daunting. Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

You might want to pick a quinoa salad or roasted grapes as an appetizer, for example, while pasta with cauliflower and walnuts in a cream sauce is one of the options for the first course. Haagen-Dazs ice cream features as one of the dessert choices you’re offered.

The dishes come on white plates with cloth napkins. While the cutlery is still plastic, their design will be a lot sleeker than the one currently used in most economy cabins around the world.

There’s no specific time frame yet for when the three-course meal option will be available on all Delta flights. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

At the moment, the company is testing this new option on its light between Portland, Oregon, and Tokyo, Japan, but if the customer feedback is positive then they plan to offer three-course meals to all passengers on long-haul international flights by the end of the year.