Delta Premium Economy Officially Coming in 2017!

Jumping on the bandwagon of American’s Premium Economy offering, Delta will be debuting “Delta Premium” (essentially, a Delta Premium Economy) in 2017.

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Here’s what will be offered in the new premium economy service, per Delta:

  • More space with up to 38 inches of pitch, up to 19 inches of width and up to seven inches of recline. Delta Premium seats will also offer adjustable leg rests and head rests;
  • Westin Heavenly® In-Flight Blanket with pillow and a TUMI amenity kit featuring Malin+Goetz Travel Essentials, allowing customers to settle in and arrive well-rested;
  • Pre-departure beverage service followed by fresh, seasonal menu selections presented with Alessi serviceware designed exclusively for Delta;
  • A 13.3-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment screen that is among the largest in its class, allowing customers to stay entertained with Delta Studio’s industry-leading library of complimentary movies, shows and games, and noise-cancelling headphones;
  • In-seat power ports for large and small devices and convenient storage to keep them within reach;
    Sky Priority service, which includes faster check-in, accelerated security, priority boarding and expedited baggage service.

The Delta premium economy offering set to be available in the Fall of 2017, nearly a year from now. It will be initially available on their new Airbus A350 aircraft, featuring 48 Delta Premium seats, 32 DeltaOne suites and 226 Main Cabin seats. You’ll see it offered on the Boeing 777 aircraft some time in 2018.

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Here’s a more in depth look at the seats:

Want to know how this will effect upgrades? Check out René’s Points take.

My Take

These seem like similar seats to Delta’s current domestic first class, but feature some nice upgrades including a Tumi amenity kit for everyone, noise canceling headphones, SkyPriority, a Westin Heavenly blanket.

I’m impressed, to be honest. While I haven’t tried the seat myself, it’s a good competitor to American’s new premium economy product. I like the blanket and amenity kit touch, and really love Delta’s domestic first class food, so I can pretty well safe assume the food in premium economy will be somewhat similar.

What do you think of Delta’s new premium economy service?

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