Delta announced details of its planned
international premium economy cabins Thursday, the same day that competitor
American launched the first international premium service of any U.S. carrier.
Delta Premium, as the new cabin is
to be called, will debut on select international flights in late 2017. In May,
when Delta first announced the new cabin class, the carrier said it would debut
in mid 2017.
Delta will introduce the Delta
Premium product when it takes delivery of Airbus A350 aircraft next year and
will begin rolling the service out on its Boeing 777 fleet in 2018. Delta’s
receipt of the A350s will also mark the launch of the all-suite Delta One
business class cabin, the carrier has previously said.
Delta Premium will feature 38
inches of space, or pitch, between seat rows, up from the 31 to 32 inches that
carrier offers in the economy cabin of its 777s, for example. Seat width will
be 19 inches, or 1Ž2 inch more then Delta’s standard 777 economy seats.
Seats will have up to seven inches of recline and will offer adjustable
leg rests and head rests.
Each Delta Premium seatback will be
equipped with a 13.3-inch television along with power ports.
On the service end, Delta Premium
customers will receive priority check-in, pre-departure beverage service and,
“fresh, seasonal menu selections,” Delta said.
They’ll also get a pillow and
blanket as well as an amenity kit.
American’s Premium Economy is now
available on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sao Paolo and it will
debut Friday on the carrier’s Dallas-Madrid route.