Delta plans to reduce the number of business class seats in some of its Boeing 777 and Boeing 767 aircraft to boost revenue by adding economy class seats in the former business class space.
Under the plan, the airline will reduce seven (7) business class seats on some of its 45-seat business class cabins in Boeing 777s and replace these with 23 economy class seats.
Business class cabins in Boeing 767s will be reduced by 12 seats from the 36-40 seats at present. Twenty (20) economy seats will be added in the freed-up space.
The airline has so far not specified how many of its aircraft will be reconfigured with new seat layouts or which routes will be affected.
The decision by Delta comes as the airline has found that fewer and fewer passengers sitting in its Business class are paying full business fares — an average of only 60 percent of Business class travelers pay the full business-class fare.
The remaining 40 percent of seats are apparently upgrades or acquired by redeeming frequent-flier miles.
During the weekends, the proportion of full-fare paying business class passengers drops to as low as 10 percent.