Delta to Expand Economy Comfort Seating to Domestic Flights
Delta Air Lines announced it will expand Economy Comfort – a premium economy cabin product launched on long-haul international flights earlier this year – to its entire mainline fleet of more than 550 aircraft, in addition to more than 250 two-class regional jets.
Economy Comfort has been available on Delta’s long-haul international flights served by Boeing 747, 777, 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft since June 2011. Economy Comfort seats have a minimum pitch of 34 inches, compared to Delta’s standard Economy Class 31-inch seat pitch, and passengers also receive Priority Boarding access. Economy Comfort costs $80 to $160 more than Economy class on international flights. When domestic goes on sale next spring, the introductory additional fee will be between $19 and $99 on a one-way itinerary including Alaska, Hawaii, and short-haul international markets. Economy Comfort seats can be reserved through delta.com, kiosks, and Delta reservations beginning in late spring for travel starting in summer 2012.
The product is to be installed in the first three to five rows of the Economy cabin by removing seats from the current configuration on Delta’s domestic Boeing 767, 757, 737, MD88, MD90, DC9 and Airbus, A320, and A319 aircraft, and two-class regional jets including the CRJ900, CRJ700, E170, and E175 aircraft by summer 2012. Flights to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and northern South America will also offer Economy Comfort. The first of these converted aircraft will be a Boeing 757, which will enter service in November.
As with Delta’s long-haul international Economy Comfort product, complimentary access to domestic and short-haul international seats will be available at booking to all SkyMiles Platinum and Diamond Medallion members and customers purchasing full-fare Economy class tickets. For the domestic offering, Gold Medallion members will also have free access to these seats at time of booking, while Silver Medallion members can purchase them at a 50% discount at time of purchase. Silver Medallion members can access these seats for free at check-in.