Delta Expands Sale of Premium-Economy Seating to All Flights over 750 Miles

by Staff on May 23, 2012

Delta Air Lines is expanding the sale of its Economy Comfort premium-economy seating from long-haul international flights to all flights longer than 750 miles.

This expansion will put Economy Comfort seating on all of Delta’s dual-class aircraft and the Economy Comfort premium-class seating will be available for purchase on all Delta Air Lines mainline domestic and international flights departing on or after June 7.

In addition to being the world's largest operator of the Boeing 757, 767-300ER, and 767-400ER, Delta Air Lines is also the largest operator of the McDonnell Douglas/Boeing MD-90, with 40 of the IAE V2500-powered jets in service as of spring 2012. In addition, Delta also still had 81 McDonnell Douglas MD-88s in operation at that time

“Our expansion of Economy Comfort gives customers more premium seats to choose from no matter where they fly on Delta,” says Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – network planning, revenue management and marketing.

Customers seated in Economy Comfort receive three to four inches of additional leg room as well as priority boarding.

The product is available in the first three to five rows of the Economy cabin on more than 550 of Delta’s mainline aircraft, including its Boeing 767, 757, 737, MD-88, MD-90, DC-9, Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft.

Economy Comfort will also be available on more than 250 two-class regional jets, including the Bombardier CRJ900, Bombardier CRJ700, Embraer 170 and Embraer 175 types.

Pinnacle Airlines, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Airlines Corp., operates 57 Bombardier CRJ900s and 142 CRJ200s for the Delta Connection network. The CRJ900s are configured with 12 first-class seats and 64 economy-class seats, while all the CRJ200s are outfitted with 50 economy-class seats

Customers who have purchased an economy ticket on Delta can upgrade to Economy Comfort for an additional introductory fee of $19 to $99 each way on flights within the domestic U.S and on short-haul international markets.

Economy Comfort seats are available for purchase for flight through, Delta check-in kiosks, and Delta reservations for flights that depart June 7 or after.

As with Delta’s long-haul international Economy Comfort product, complimentary access to domestic and short-haul international seats will be available to all SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members and customers purchasing full-fare Economy class tickets.

Gold Medallion members will also have free access to these seats after they place their reservations, while Silver Medallion members can purchase them at a 50 per cent discount after purchasing a ticket or can access these seats for free at check-in.

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Mrs. Shoptaw May 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Will you offer economy comfort on flights to Santo Domingo, DR?


Chris Kjelgaard May 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Delta says it will offer Economy Comfort on all flights over 750 miles, so it appears likely the new premium-economy seats will be offered on all of its flights to Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo is nearly 1,400 miles from Atlanta and the distance between Santo Domingo and Miami is nearly 850 miles.

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