Delta Promises Premium Select Cabin on All European Flights for Summer 2022

Delta Premium Select Seats

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Delta Air Lines has made a promise to feature its premium economy product on all of its flights to Europe by summer 2022.

This is great news for travelers who want to jet off on their well-deserved vacations in the comfort of Delta’s Premium Select cabin.

“With the lifting of restrictions to the U.S. and abroad, plus growing vaccination rates and tremendous pent-up demand, travel to Europe is expected to surge next summer — and Delta customers are assured to enjoy every moment from curb to claim,” said Joe Esposito, Senior Vice President of Network Planning at Delta.

Delta is no doubt trying to make sure it can match its peers, including Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, and Virgin Atlantic (to name but a few), who also offer premium economy on transatlantic routes.

Fly Premium Select to 20 European Cities

Delta currently connects 10 cities in the U.S. to 11 cities across Europe from Reykjavik (KEF) in the northwest to Athens (ATH) in the southeast.

However, the number of European destinations served will soon reach 20 as the airline gradually resumes service to 9 previously served airports.

Returning soon to Delta’s European network will be Brussels (BRU), Copenhagen (CPH), Edinburgh (EDI), Frankfurt (FRA), Milan (MXP), Munich (MUC), Prague (PRG), Rome (FCO), and Zurich (ZRH).

Delta Premium Select Seats Passengers Relaxing
In Delta Premium Select, you’ll get more personalized service than in economy class. There are fewer seats to serve, and flight attendants are better equipped to serve meals, beverages, and amenities. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Delta maintains a close relationship with fellow SkyTeam airlines Air France and KLM, so it’s no surprise that Delta’s most-served European cities are Paris, which sees service from 9 U.S. cities, and Amsterdam, which has flights from 7.

By next summer, all round-trips to Europe from Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Cincinnati (CVG), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (JFK), Portland (PDX), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Salt Lake City (SLC), and Seattle (SEA) will feature Delta’s Premium Select cabin.

In terms of pricing, you’re looking at fares starting around $1,332 for a round-trip ticket in Premium Select from New York (JFK) to London (LHR). This price point is right in between the $498 you’d pay for the same flight in coach and the $2,446 you’d pay for Delta One (Delta’s business class product).

There is 1 downside of this addition, particularly for Delta’s top-tier Diamond Medallion elite members who have Global Upgrade Certificates (GUC) to use. On aircraft without the Premium Select cabin, you could apply a GUC to a reservation booked in coach and you’d be upgraded to Delta One, assuming the upgrade clears. Soon, though, a GUC will only move you from economy into Premium Select if the aircraft you’re flying has that cabin.

Hot Tip: Want to know more about the differences between Premium Select vs. Delta One? Check out our detailed comparison of the 2 cabins.

What You Can Expect

Premium Select passengers can expect larger seats, amenity kits, and an improved food-and-drink offering than what you’d find in coach.

Delta New Premium Cabin Breakfast
Delta’s Premium Select breakfast, introduced in August 2021. Image Credit: Delta Air Lines

Seat pitch comes in at 38 inches, which is on average around 6 inches more than what you’d find in coach. And the seats are just over 1 inch wider than typical Main Cabin seats. There are slight variations in these measurements depending on the aircraft type.

In addition, passengers get the added comfort of an adjustable foot and leg rest, a larger inflight entertainment screen of up to 13.3 inches, as well as a Tumi amenity kit filled with Malin+Goetz goodies.

Premium Select also boasts smaller cabins that can feel less crowded and benefit from faster and more personal service than in coach.

Final Thoughts

Delta’s promise to offer passengers the choice of booking Premium Select on all transatlantic flights to Europe by next summer is (mostly) a welcome one.

Whether it’s Athens or Zurich, Rome or London, you’ll be able to travel in more style and comfort than you would in economy, but you won’t have to break the bank as you would for a Delta One ticket.

Daniel Ross

About Daniel Ross

Daniel's passion for aviation started when his dad and his brother would head to "watch the planes" from Newcastle, his local airport, when he was a kid. A few years later the love for aviation was combined with a passion for travel when at the age of 13 he boarded a plane on his own for the first time to visit his aunty in Barcelona. Daniel's globetrotting has taken him to 47 countries including Brazil, Oman, Ghana and Venezuela. Having spent time living in Brazil, France and Spain, he speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish fluently.

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