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Delta Air Lines to expand economy seats with extra legroom

October 21, 2011 | 11:26 am

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As part of Delta Air Lines' $2-billion upgrade campaign, the Atlanta-based airline announced plans to expand a class of economy seats with extra legroom to its entire fleet.

Delta, the nation's largest airline, installed "economy comfort" seats on long-haul international flights earlier this year. But the airline announced Thursday that the seats, which offer three extra inches of legroom, will be expanded to the fleet of 550 planes and 250 regional jets.

To make room for the "economy comfort" seats, Delta will remove three to five rows from the economy section of the cabin, the airline announced. Economy passengers can upgrade to the "economy comfort" seats for a fee of $19 to $99, depending on the distance of the flight. Passengers who buy the upgraded seat also get to board early.

The new seating section is part of a campaign announced earlier this year by Delta to invest $2 billion in upgrades, including more first-class seats, in-seat entertainment units for business and economy seats on international fights, and updating all airport lounges, among other improvements.

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Photo: Economy comfort seats on Delta. Credit: Delta Air Lines

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