Being over 6′ tall I understand what it means to enjoy a few extra inches of legroom in Economy Class on a long-haul flight. Scoring a seat at the emergency exit can sometimes feel like you’ve won the lottery!
That’s why today I’m excited to announce the introduction of “Economy Comfort,” a new section of seats in the front of the Economy cabin on our long-haul intercontinental fleet (that’s all 747-400, 757-200 ETOPS, 767-300ER, 767-400ER, 777 and A330 aircraft in the fleet—a total of 169 planes). Now instead of hoping for a seat with extra legroom, you can snag an Economy Comfort seat for a few extra dollars.
What does Economy Comfort offer?
- Priority Boarding in Zone 2 if you are not already Sky Priority eligible.
- 4 inches of additional legroom—many seats at the bulkhead and exit rows offer even more legroom.
- 50% more recline.
- Free spirits and specialty cocktails, in addition to free beer and wine currently offered in international Economy.
- In-Seat Power on all 757-200 ETOPS, 767-300ER, 767-400ER, 777 and A330 aircraft that feature personal video. Power will be installed at all Economy Comfort seats over the next two years.
- Free HBO, coming later this summer.
What does Economy Comfort cost?
Diamond and Platinum Medallion members (and their travel companions on the same reservation) and customers who purchase a full-fare Economy ticket can book these seats for free. Gold and Silver Medallions will receive a 50% and 25% discount, respectively, on the applicable published Economy Comfort seat fee. And for everyone else who has purchased an international Economy ticket on Delta, the cost is $80-$160 per segment (the price will vary by market) for access to an Economy Comfort seat.
And just where did the name “Economy Comfort” originate? Our friends (and Joint Venture partner) at KLM launched a similar product in 2009, also called “Economy Comfort.” And one of our ongoing goals is to align our products and services with our partners. With that in mind…voilà, Economy Comfort!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this new product.
Have a great week!
Sr. Product Manager
Customer Experience Planning & Development
Economy Comfort seating will be offered on Delta’s Boeing 747, 757, 767 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft flying long-haul intercontinental routes between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and South America (Lima, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago only). Economy Comfort seating is limited and may not be available on all flights. The Economy Comfort Medallion travel companion benefit is applicable for up to eight companions traveling on the same reservation as the Medallion member. Group reservations are not applicable. For companions of Gold and Silver Medallion members, fees apply per seat. All SkyMiles program rules apply to SkyMiles program membership, miles, offers, mile accrual, mile redemption and travel benefits, respectively. To review the rules, please visit Membership Guide & Program Rules.