Delta adding First Class to Longer Domestic Flights

Delta Air Lines says it plans to make First Class service available on all its domestic flights longer than 750 miles, beginning in the fall.

The carrier said when the enhancement is complete, 50 routes that currently have Delta Connection flights with only one class of service will have both First Class and Economy Class seating.

Benefits of First Class include meals, china and linen service, pre-departure beverages, and complimentary cocktails, beer and wine, Delta said.

The routes scheduled for enhanced service include flights between Atlanta and Albany, N.Y.; Boston and Memphis, Tenn.; Detroit and San Antonio; and Cincinnati and Dallas/Fort Worth. Some of the flights are operated by Delta Connection partners including Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, Freedom Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America and SkyWest.

"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.

He added, "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. By fall, Delta's fleet will include 219 regional aircraft with two-class service flying on 272 domestic routes, officials said.

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