Delta, United Continental, Launch New Enhanced Economy Options
Delta Airlines announced that its Economy Comfort seats will be available starting December 1 for transcontinental flights between New York (JFK) and San Francisco or Los Angeles. This is the first domestic deployment of Economy Comfort. The new seats have four inches of additional legroom and can recline as much as 50% more than standard seats.
United Continental announced that a Continental Airlines Boeing 747-400 aircraft will be the first aircraft to fly with Economy Plus seating. These seats will also have four inches of additional legroom. The route for this aircraft was not disclosed. The aircraft is also being retrofitted with new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and all economy seats will get new seat-back touchscreen monitors. In-seat power outlets are also being installed throughout the aircraft.
Both airlines make enhanced economy seating available at no charge to members of their respective frequent flyer programs, including Delta SkyMiles, United MileagePlus, and Continental’s OnePass, with elite status.