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Delta Officially Rolls Out Economy Comfort Cabin

by on May 8, 2011 · 13 comments

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In February Delta announced they’d be adding a premium economy cabin to their international flights – a decision which I hailed as a tall traveler. These seats are the same exact seats as coach, but they come with 4 more inches of much needed legroom and up to 50% more recline. If they are anything like KLM’s Economy Comfort seats (which I adore), I will be a happy man. Granted, after my 3 Delta trans-Atlantic flights to Stockholm and Copenhagen, I’ve sworn off international coach travel (at least until the next amazing mistake fare), but I do look forward to trying out this new product. I heard they would be on  the JFK-LAX BusinessElite equipped planes, though I didn’t notice them on my recent JFK-LAX flight because I was upgraded to BusinessElite.

Economy Comfort is free for Diamond and Platinum Medallions and up to 8 guests who are on their same itinerary.
Golds get a 50% off discount and Silver is 25%. There are no discounts/freebies on award tickets at this time.

This week they officially announced that Economy Comfort is ready for purchase on flights after June 1, 2011. Seat maps have been updated to show Economy Comfort seats by a green shading.

You can’t select an Economy Comfort seat at the time of purchase – you have do go in after the trip is booked and then select the EC seats. A non-Medallion friend is flying JFK-Madrid this summer and she is being offered EC for $80. Personally, I’d pay that in a heartbeat, but I wonder about other people. Is 4″ of legroom, 50% more recline and unlimited cocktails worth an extra $80 for a 6-9 hour flight?

Overall, I think this is a great addition to the Delta offering and I hope it’s a smart business move that encourages other airlines to offer a reasonable alternative for those who can’t afford business class fares, but need more room than traditional coach seating provides.

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  • Ted

    My parents and aunts are flying to the States from Asia for my graduation in May and going back in June. They found T fares that were USD970 all in from PVG. I noticed EC is offered for their flight back for USD160, the maximum. Since they scored such a cheap fare, they decided to pay the premium and try it out.

  • YYZAMS

    Yes, $80 is def worth it like you said…especially if you are tall. Though aren’t cocktails free on international regardless?

    I paid extra on KLM for the comfort class..def worth the extra inches ;)

  • supon

    Yes, I would pay $80 for extra 4 inches! (no pun intended!!!!)

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  • honey

    I would pay the money, because I have long legs and I find coach seats excruciating. But I’ve seen lots of people with normal-sized legs who look perfectly comfortable in coach.

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  • Chanan van Herpen

    Just booked Economy Comfort JFK-TLV for $40 (Gold medallion discount)
    I need all the space I can get !! I like a dirty Martini please

  • Lee Schneider

    Any options to upgrade to EC using points/miles if you don’t currently have status with Delta? Just booked BOS-BUD and PRG-BOS for this summer and am considering upgrading. Currently priced at $80/per person per segment.

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  • Anna Hardee

    Just bought tickets to go from ORD to JNB, and I got the economy comfort for $120 for the 15 hour flight from ATL to JNB. Definitely think $120 is worth it for 15 hours!!! Has anyone tried out the economy comfort yet? Would like some information on the experience.

  • Jkulkin

    Several things to beware as you make travel plans:

    1-If traveling overseas, watch the type of plane you fly on. 757 coach Comfort is aweful with minimal leg room and a 3-3 confirguaration. If you travel international and one leg is domestic before the layover, your domestic flight will be plain coach!

    2-767 is a little better but try to get the exit row which really gives you the leg room!

    3-Recline angle is marginal on all the seats.

  • Daniël Benjamins

    Any recent experiences with these seats?

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