Virgin Australia partner Delta Air Lines will offer premium economy on international flights from 2017, joining American Airlines in the shift towards 'better than economy' seating.
And that's 'seriously better than economy', considering that Delta and American – like heavyweight US sibling United – currently market 'economy plus' seating where passengers get the same economy seat but with slightly more legroom.
"When you look at the international stage, the international competition has moved to premium economy as a cabin and service and product of itself," said Delta CEO Ed Bastian.
Delta's international premium economy class will debut on its first Airbus A350 towards the middle of 2017, with Boeing 777s to follow, reports Forbes.
No specific details on the seats, legroom or associated service such as meals have been released, but Delta – in common with other airlines which have successfully embraced premium economy – will seek to position it in the growing void between a continually-improving business class and a relatively stagnant economy class.
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