As Delta replaces older aircraft with newer planes, it is putting in more premium seats.
Eight years ago, Delta was primarily a two-class carrier with first class or business class up front, and coach class in back.
Since then, the airline has added Comfort+ seats with extra legroom, Premium Select on international flights, Delta One business class suites and, at the low end, Basic Economy — with the idea of upselling travelers.
“When we thought about what individual customers want to buy from us… we found out they wanted to buy a lot more than we were supplying, and they were willing to pay for it,” said Delta president Glen Haeunstein.
Separately, Delta is preparing to announce a new route to India in early 2019, Bastian said. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport general manager John Selden said Atlanta is competing with New York's John F. Kennedy International for the Mumbai route.