Delta has announced they’ll be extending its seating capacity for passengers in all cabins including Main Cabin, Comfort + and First Class onboard both mainline and connection carriers through January 6, 2021.
Delta previously was blocking middle seats on all flights through September 30th, so this latest announcement extends for an additional three months.
One change to note is that Delta is increasing its capacity onboard its Delta One cabins from 50% to 75% with the argument that its premium cabins are in a 1x2x1 configuration so even with the increase in capacity each passenger will still be separated by an aisle on its widebody aircraft.
Blocking Middle Seats for More Space
Through Jan. 6, 2021, Delta will block the selection of middle seats in Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin via the Fly Delta app or online.
- For customers in parties of 1-2: Middle seats will be blocked for safety.
- For customers in parties of 3 or more: Middle seats will appear as available for booking, to allow families and travel companions to select seats together.
This functionality helps us maintain our pledge to give customers more space on board while offering flexibility with their seat choices.
We’re also continuing to ensure our flights are not filled to capacity. For travel through at least Oct. 31, customers can expect that Delta will:
- Limit the number of customers on board all aircraft – with or without middle seats.
- Limit the First Class cabin to half capacity to further ensure more space between customers.*
- Block one aisle of seats on aircraft without middle seats.
Delta is the first major US airline to announce blocked middle seats into 2021, however I suspect we’ll see others follow. When given a choice on airline to fly during these times, I’d highly recommend one that blocks middle seats. Having flown Delta several times since March, I can say that I felt safe onboard and appreciate all the measures they’re taking to ensure safety.
With this announcement, Delta will be selling its Delta One cabin on widebody aircraft to capacity, so don’t expect to have a seat empty next to you in Delta One. Delta’s argument is that this cabin allows for more space and privacy already, they don’t feel they need to block seats anymore.
What are your thoughts on Delta continuing to block middle seats onboard its aircraft through the end of January? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.