Delta Expands Basic Economy Across Atlantic, Partners Introduce Similar Fare Product

Delta Air Lines’ Basic Economy fare is now available on more than 50 percent of Delta's flights between North America (U.S. 50 and Canada) and Europe (excluding Africa/Middle East/India), for flights operating April 10, 2018 and beyond. The expansion comes as joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia each introduce a similar basic fare product across the Atlantic on the same date.

Delta has introduced Basic Economy fares on transatlantic routes for price-conscious customers looking for great seat value who don’t mind where they sit. Customers who purchase a Basic Economy fare enjoy the same flight experience as Main Cabin customers, including Delta’s world-class service, a Main Cabin seat, complimentary snacks, meals, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi for purchase and free access to hours of movies, shows and more on Delta studio, but with restrictions related to the ticket transaction. Complimentary alcoholic beverages are also available in Main Cabin on international flights while meals are available on select long-haul and international flights.

As part of its Basic Economy expansion, Delta is introducing a Basic Economy first checked bag fee for transatlantic routes only. The fee will be standard for Air France-KLM and Alitalia, along with no seat assignments and tickets not being refundable or changeable.

"Expanding Basic Economy is one more way Delta is providing customers more choice and control in their travel," said Tim Mapes, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. "This is a great solution for price-conscious customers flying across the Atlantic who still want the high-quality cabin experience Delta has to offer."

Delta is aligning its transatlantic Basic Economy product closely with its domestic Basic Economy product while remaining competitive among all carriers in the international market. There are no changes to Delta's domestic Basic Economy fare policy. Some restrictions of the domestic and international Basic Economy product include:

  • Not receiving a seat assignment until after check-in or at the gate
  • Passengers traveling together, including families, may not be seated together
  • Not being eligible for same-day changes or ticket refunds after the Risk-Free Cancellation Period
  • Boarding in the last zone
  • Not changeable if Delta-marketed ticket
  • Not being eligible for paid or complimentary upgrades or preferred seats, even with SkyMiles® Medallion® Status. However, Medallion Members still earn miles, Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs), Medallion Qualification Segments (MQSs) and Medallion Qualification Dollars (MQDs – U.S.-based Members only).
  • Not being eligible to combine with other Delta fares.

Delta recently announced it is also expanding its Delta Comfort+ product to select transatlantic destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, making it easier to shop and buy Delta's menu of products.
Delta Sales Communications 12/6/2017