Delta Air Lines is planning to make First Class
available on all its domestic flights longer than 750 miles, or
about two and one-half hours of flight time, beginning this fall.
The enhancement means Delta customers can
enjoy the benefits of First Class service on more domestic
flights, and SkyMiles members will have more opportunities for
upgrades to First Class seating.
When the upgrade is complete, 50 routes that
currently feature Delta Connection flights with only one class of
service will be upgraded to two-cabin aircraft with First and
Economy Class service.
"This enhanced service reflects the investment Delta is making in
improving the customer experience on the ground and in the air
across both our domestic and international network," said Glen
Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president – Network Planning
and Revenue Management. "Business customers who appreciate the
option of traveling in a First Class cabin and frequent fliers who
appreciate the opportunity to upgrade will particularly benefit
from the significant expansion of two-class service on longer
Delta Connection flights."
Delta's domestic route upgrades are
part of the airline's ongoing $1 billion investment in products
and services across its network, including the retrofit of Delta
Connection 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. By fall, Delta's
fleet will include 219 regional aircraft with two-class service
flying on 272 domestic routes.
Delta Connection aircraft
featuring First Class cabins include Embraer 170, Embraer 175,
Bombardier CRJ700 and Bombardier CRJ900 models. The aircraft
feature between nine and 12 seats in First Class and between 56
and 64 seats in Economy.
First Class service onboard flights
operated with these aircraft is consistent with the amenities
offered on Delta mainline flights. Meals, china and linen service,
pre-departure beverages, and complimentary cocktails, beer and
wine are offered on all Delta Connection flights featuring a First
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