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Last week, Delta announced that it would begin utilizing “empty legs,” or unused capacity from its Delta Private Jets division to provide upgrades to SkyMiles Medallion members for a fee.

Last Friday, an Ohio couple was the first to take such an upgrade, on a leg from Cincinnati to Atlanta. They were SkyMiles Medallion members, as is required as part of the upgrade program, although Delta has not said how much the upgrade fee was. The upgrade was to a Falcon 2000, a jet that can seat up to 10 passengers.

This Cincinnati couple became the first to ride on a Delta Private Jets upgrade.
This Cincinnati couple became the first to ride on a Delta Private Jets upgrade.

The flight still had a flight attendant, and the couple received Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and lunch during the flight. Delta Private Jets President Erik Snell and COO David Sneed were also on the first upgrade flight.

The program helps gets paid passengers onto otherwise empty private jets that need to be at a different airport to pick up a passenger, and can help alleviate overbooking on commercial planes.

Delta says that the upgrade fee includes catering for the flight, as well as transportation between the private terminal and commercial check-in.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

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