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Delta dubs new premium economy cabin ‘Delta Premium’

Delta Air Lines is calling its new premium economy cabin Delta Premium, as it prepares to roll the product out on the Airbus A350-900 in 2017.

The aircraft will have 48 premium economy seats in a two-four-two configuration, the Atlanta-based SkyTeam Alliance carrier says today. The seats will have 38in pitch and come equipped with audio video on demand and in-seat power among other amenities.

“Delta Premium is Delta's latest example of paying careful attention to what customers tell us they want and responding with unique products designed to meet their individual needs,” says Tim Mapes, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer of Delta, in a statement.

Delta chief executive Ed Bastian disclosed plans for the premium economy cabin in April, saying it would roll out with the airline’s first A350 deliveries next year.

“When you look at the international space, the international competition has moved to premium economy as a cabin and a service itself,” he said at the time.

Delta joins American as US carriers with a premium economy product. The latter debuted its hard product on its Boeing 787-9 in October but will not begin selling it as a separate cabin until early 2017.

Delta expects its first A350 in the second half of 2017. The aircraft will be configured with 32 business class suites – its new Delta One product – 48 premium economy seats and 226 economy seats, for a total of 306 seats.

The airline plans to primarily use the aircraft on long-haul flights to Asia.

Delta will retrofit its Boeing 777-200s with premium economy from 2018, and other widebody fleet types after that.

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