Delta to offer premium economy on international flights

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Delta Air Lines has unveiled plans to offer a premium economy product dubbed "Economy Comfort" on long haul international fights this summer.

The new seats will feature up to four additional inches of legroom and 50% more recline than Delta's standard economy class seats, says the airline. The seats, similar to upgraded Economy offerings from Delta's joint venture partner Air France-KLM, are scheduled for installation on the first few rows of more than 160 Boeing 747s/757s/767s/777s and Airbus A330 aircraft.

Delta's new "Economy Comfort" product is part of more than a $2 billion investment previously disclosed by the carrier for customer experience improvements both on the ground and in-flight.

Delta's US legacy rival United has offered a premium economy product for several years, and recently chief executive of the merged United-Continental Jeff Smisek stated that the company expects to make an announcement regarding future aircraft seating configurations for the combined carrier in the next 30 to 60 days.