Delta unveils new Airbus A350, Boeing 777 premium economy seat

By Chris Chamberlin, November 4 2016
Delta unveils new Airbus A350, Boeing 777 premium economy seat

Virgin Australia partner Delta Air Lines gives the first glimpse of its brand new premium economy seat this week, simply named ‘Delta Premium’ and planned to take flight by late 2017.

Being debuted on the airline’s new Airbus A350 aircraft, Delta Premium comes in a 2-4-2 layout, with 48 seats spread across just six rows.

Passengers will enjoy up to 38 inches of ‘pitch’ – similar to the legroom afforded to exit row passengers aboard Qantas and Virgin Australia domestic aircraft – with seats 19 inches wide, reclining up to seven inches and all with adjustable head rests and leg rests:

Once seated, Delta Premium guests will be greeted with a drink before take-off, followed by seasonal menus in the air. There’s a hint of Delta business class, too, with a Westin Heavenly inflight blanket and pillow, plus a TUMI amenity kit with Malin+Goetz accessories.

Travellers can also unwind with the latest movies, TV shows and games served up via 13.3-inch high definition screens, joined by noise-cancelling headphones at every seat.

Flying on business but not allowed to book business class? Each seat also provides handy access to power to keep your laptop, tablet and smartphone recharged (highlighted below), with convenient storage options including a seatback tablet/laptop holder atop the regular seat pocket:

Delta Premium guests can also take advantage of Sky Priority services on the ground including priority check-in, security screening, boarding and baggage delivery, although lounge access isn’t part of the parcel.

That’s where your Velocity Gold, Velocity Platinum or SkyTeam Elite Plus status comes in handy, as does a paid Delta Sky Club membership.

“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,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition to appearing on Delta’s new Airbus A350s, the airline will also install Delta Premium across its existing Boeing 777 fleet which currently serves Sydney from Los Angeles.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

08 Apr 2011

Total posts 25

Virgin Australia Gold is useful, as you say in the article, to get into the Delta lounges. The problem is that not one single Delta agent I have spoken to, over many years, recognises that Velocity Gold gives access to the Delta lounges. I've wasted hours trying to get into the lounges (MSP is the worst, along with PHL) and the lounge agents clearly feel you are trying it on. It's a good perk - but totally useless. 

Thanks for sharing your experiences lorks. I've personally had no problems with Delta lounge access in Los Angeles or New York (JFK), and even had a check-in agent thank me "for being a Gold Medallion member" after they noticed 'VA Gold' pop-up in their system. Perhaps this issue is more common outside of the 'biggies' (LAX, JFK) where Velocity members may not travel to as much?

13 May 2016

Total posts 32

VA Gold certainly is handy when travelling with Delta in the USA. But I have to agree, I have had many problems with gate agents and lounge staff not recognising VA as a partner. I have to agree with lorks here, I always have issues with MSP! I never has any issues at LAX, JFK though...

Virgin Blue - Velocity Rewards

12 May 2011

Total posts 20

Had no issues in Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, LAX. Mine was booked with points so it clearly stated on my itinerary and boarding pass my elite status. Just needed the card for confirmation. They were also helpful during #DeltaDown as well. 

undertheradar Banned
undertheradar Banned

28 Oct 2011

Total posts 662

why can't you compare 'like for like' as QF AND VA both have premium economy seating, instead of 'talking up'/comparing the seats to QF/VA ECONOMY DOMESTIC EXIT ROWS!! If you compare 'like for like', the new delta premium isn't that 'special'. VAs premium economy seating has a 41" pitch and 9" recline, QF is 38" pitch and 9" recline, and the width of these P/Y seats are pretty much the same.  As soon as I read your 'comparison', you immediately lost my interest, and in my opinion you lost your credibility on this article. 

If you read the article, there was never a 'comparison' made between Delta premium economy and Qantas/Virgin Australia domestic exit row seating.

The passing reference you refer to is a note on legroom only (not a comparison of the actual seat, the degree of recline or its width), as both Qantas and VA offer the exact same pitch in the exit row seats we've described, and we've included that reference as many of our readers will have have sat there before and are familiar with the degree of legroom 38 inches provides.

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30 Jun 2011

Total posts 50

I agree with lorks & mavers, had plenty of trouble accessing Delta lounges as a VA Plat.  I ended up carrying around the access guide in paper form to resolve the issue.  I can appreciate the multitude of schemes the lounge staff see - however all could be solved if VA joined a proper alliance, you would think.

777
777

Virgin Blue - Velocity Rewards

12 May 2011

Total posts 32

I'm a VA platinum and can honestly say I've never had a problem with Delta lounge access or getting Sky Priority benefits on about 20 occasions. Occasionally you need to clarify that "Velocity" is Virgin Australia and make sure they look the right thing up on their systems but they have always found it and waved me straight through. 

KRG
KRG

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

18 Sep 2015

Total posts 3

Just passed through IAD, DCA, ATL several times and in three different lounges, MSP and ORD and after a quick look up, bingo! Australian Velocity members almost seem a novelty, especially in the smaller lounges in ATL. No problems at all, may have got lucky. Some nice lounges too. Have really enjoyed the whole Delta experience.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

08 Jun 2014

Total posts 255

Fantastic to see this, 2018 to Mexico via LA in PE on Delta! Done.

FLX
FLX

10 Dec 2015

Total posts 179

Has anyone here noticed that almost all 350 operators so far deployed/planned 7 abreast for PY.....except DL?

Delta Premium looks like a product on par with most PY designs out there today(I particularly like the leg rest for all PY seats which is not the case for many operators such as AC, CX, LH, etc.).  However, I suspect seat width and/or aisle width will unlikely be competitive against other 350 operators with PY....

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Dec 2014

Total posts 167

Both SIA and CX on their A350s have 8 across in PE. 


Are you sure you aren't thinking of 787s, which are narrower?

FLX
FLX

10 Dec 2015

Total posts 179

@Andrew:

"Both SIA and CX on their A350s have 8 across in PE."
U're right and thx for the correction.  In fact, only CI has 7 abreast in PY on 350.

"Are you sure you aren't thinking of 787s.."
I probably was for the reason below.

"...which are narrower?"
By a grand total of 5 inches cabin side wall to side wall @ roughly armrest height per the official cabin dimension specs of Boeing & Airbus.  I'm now surprised that most 350 operators chose to squeeze in 1 more seat per row in PY than 787 operators for those extra 5 inches of cabin width.... 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

Total posts 513

Is it just me or does the model in photo that bad guy from GI Joe Retaliation?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1390

Just had to laugh at the Westin 'branded' blanket and pillow. Going too far imho.


Seat detail very similar to Qantas 717.

FLX
FLX

10 Dec 2015

Total posts 179

@moa999:

"Just had to laugh at the Westin 'branded' blanket and pillow. Going too far imho."
Pretty sure DL and Westin are not the only ones doing this kind of co-branding/co-mkting stuff in terms of inflight amenties, F&B, etc....

"Seat detail very similar to Qantas 717."
Agree.  The styling of QF's domestic J seat on 717 does look very similar to DL's new intercon PY.  I believe even the seat pitch is similar.

Of course technically, DL's PY seat has AVOD+personal digital device connectivity while QF's domestic J seat has none of those hi-tech stuff built-in.

ji
ji

14 Jan 2013

Total posts 13

Hi, in my experience I have never had a problem accessing Delta lounges as a Velocity Platinum member. I have just come back from my normal month per year Stateside and I can honestly say I didn't have trouble accessing any lounge at any of the 11 airports I tried to gain access to - both of the lounges at MSP were fine. Clearly, it is heavily dependent on the knowledge of staff at entry. Some are of a much better standard than others - for example, ORD is small and extremely crowded most of the time but I guess what do you expect in United's backyard. I also missed the old country club wooden panel styling at SFO now that a new one has been opened, but hey! lounge access is worth it for those chocolate chip cookies that are added to the buffet at about 11am.


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