Product similar to recently upgraded economy seats on Air France-KLM
Delta Air Lines has announced further investment in its international fleet with plans to introduce a premium economy section called Economy Comfort on all long-haul international flights in summer 2011.
The new area should attract business passengers who have downgraded to economy but who are willing to pay a little extra for additional comfort on long-haul flights.
The airline says that the new seats will feature up to four additional inches of legroom and 50% more recline than Delta’s standard international economy-class seats.
The product is similar to the recently upgraded economy services now available on flights operated by Delta’s joint venture partner Air France-KLM. They will be installed in the first few rows of the economy cabin on more than 160 Boeing and Airbus aircraft by the summer.
Customers who have already bought an international economy ticket on Delta will, from May, be able to choose the Comfort seats for an additional fee of $80-$160 one-way.
Economy Comfort is one of several elements that Delta is introducing as part of an investment of more than $2 billion it is making in the air and on the ground. Passengers seated in the new area will be able to board early and imbibe complimentary spirits throughout the flight.
In addition to these developments, Delta also plans to install 34 horizontal flat-bed BusinessElite seats with direct aisle access in each of its 32 Airbus A330 aircraft by 2013, meaning that full flat-bed seating will be available in BusinessElite on all international widebody flights, or more than 150 aircraft, by 2013. The new A330 seat will be similar to the flat-bed product currently offered on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777s.