Delta changes splits fares into five categories, removing First Class from international routes, and reducing amenities in Basic Economy.
More changes are coming for flyers on Delta Air Lines in 2015. The legacy carrier announced the new cabin experience on their website, splitting their product into five classes with a scheduled roll out beginning March 1.
At the bottom of the tiers is the previously announced Basic Economy, offering flyers a low fare with no ticket changes, refunds or advance seat selection. Noticeable changes begin on February 1, when upgrades from Basic Economy, including purchasing priority boarding and class upgrades, will be discontinued. Basic Economy is currently available to select domestic destinations from four Delta hubs.
Main Cabin service will offer the same experience as Basic Economy, but allows flyers to select their seats in advance and offers some flexibility, including limited changes and refunds. In addition, Main Cabin flyers will also receive complimentary alcoholic beverages on long-haul international routes.
Delta Comfort+ will replace Economy Comfort as the premium economy class. Along with priority boarding and extra leg room, the new Delta Comfort+ will include redesigned quilted seats, dedicated overhead bin space and complimentary alcoholic beverages. Long-haul international flyers in Delta Comfort+ will also receive a pre-set sleep kit.
The traditional First Class offering will be reduced to select short-haul domestic and international routes. Replacing First Class on long haul international and select domestic routes is Delta One, formerly known as BusinessElite. The new Delta One will feature flat-bed seats with bedding designed by Westin Hotels, special amenity kits, chef-curated menus and complimentary access to the Delta Sky Club lounge prior to boarding.
Officials at the airline say the new experience will create better options for travelers at every level. Newly designed seats and seating configurations are currently being installed, with the product roll out expected to be complete by Summer 2015.
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