Delta to offer first class service on shuttle flights


In a move to match US Airways Shuttle’s offering, Delta will offer first class service on its shuttle flights between New York and Washington and New York and Boston beginning December 1. The MD88s will now have 14 First class seats and 128 economy seats.

While the press release doesn’t say what the fare difference will be, Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton tells the Wall Street Journal that it will “cost between $100 and $250 more for a first-class shuttle seat, depending on the route.”

So what will first class get? They will have “an expanded selection of snack options, a more expansive offering of complimentary cocktails and wider, more comfortable seats,” although Talton didn’t go into detail as to what “expanded” means.

Airline consultant Stuart Klaskin says that Delta made a smart move by adding the first class cabin. He suggests that by doing so, it could help generate “incremental revenue” for Delta from those who might have taken Amtrak. Additionally, they’ll have the opportunity to “court a premium customer base — the lawyers, financial types and politicians who flitter between the three cities.”

What do you readers think? Is the short hop between the two city pairs worth paying the additional fee? Let us know.

  • Robert Johnson

    Delta is matching US Airways?????

    Where witl Delta get the dirty planes from?

    Where will Delta aquire the planes with broken seats and yards upon yards of Duct tape?

    Will Delta go fee crazy too?

    Is Delta switching to the US’s antiquated Reservation system known as SHARES too?

    In order for Delta to “Match” US Airways they would have to dumb down their entire operation..

    Is Delta going to also strive to equal US Airways dismal permormance in the DOT stats regarding Cosumer Complaints?

    Delta has much to accomplish to “Match” US Airways and none of it good.

    I wish DL well in it’s new endeavor.

  • Frank

    With dedicated aircraft on those shuttle flights, day in and day out, short haul. They can now cycle in mainline MD-80’s on these routes. One disadvantage of this is that your aircraft may come from another part of the country. Hence, a delayed flight due to late inbound. But, it’s less cycles of the aircraft.