We’ve learned that Delta Air Lines is considering converting some of its aircraft to all an-Delta One seating configuration for some overseas routes.
This information comes to Rene’s Points from a reliable and well-placed source.
We don’t yet know exactly which or how many planes and routes would be affected. Nor do we know exactly when this would take place. But the timing is certainly interesting, given that Delta announced they’re retiring the carrier’s entire 777 fleet.
When reached for comment, a Delta spokesperson told us, “We have not made an announcement about a conversion.”
Why Would Delta Convert Planes to All Delta One?
Off the top of my head, here are several reasons this could work well for Delta.
Because of their size, Delta One seats and suites allow passengers to be physically distanced from each other. If Delta is going to pack a plane, the optics certainly look better with passengers separated by walls or other partitions.
We don’t yet know how much airfares in the all-Delta One planes would cost. But for this project to work, they would have to be cheaper than their standard prices.
That being said, Delta could make a nice chunk of money with this “exclusive” experience.
Streamlined Service and Reduced Crew Members
If Delta One service is offered throughout the entire plane, there’s no need to have Delta One meals and international coach meals, as there are now.
Because the all-Delta One configuration would reduce how many passengers can fit onto a plane, there’d possibly be less need for as many cabin crew members, as well.
Repurpose the 777’s Delta One Suites
Delta has about 550 Delta One Suites that will need new homes next year.
More Incentive for Passengers to Choose Delta
Some Questions, Though
Delta runs a risk of pricing out some consumers who can’t afford premium experiences. Granted, if the conversion rumors are true, I guess there’s a chance that all-Delta One planes could be an experiment or limited-time product.
I wonder if there’d be a tiered product offered — i.e. full Delta One and then maybe another with standard coach service. (That’d be fine with me!)
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