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Delta to Install First-Class Seats on Shuttle Flights

On December 1, Delta will unveil new first-class seats on its MD-88 Shuttle fleet, reports Travel Weekly (free registration required). The reconfigured planes will have 14 seats in first class, which—in addition to the coveted extra legroom—will also have access to an expanded selection of snacks and free drinks.

An airline spokesperson tells The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat Terminal blog, "It will cost between $100 and $250 more for a first-class shuttle seat, depending on the route." Travel Weekly, however, reports a difference of more than $500 between first class and coach on a midweek flight between New York and Washington in January.

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This much we do know: Delta Shuttle offers service between Boston and New York, as well as between New York and Washington, D.C. The airline says its open-seating policy will remain in place for both the first-class and economy cabins; presumably the open seating will be exclusive to each cabin, of course. Elite SkyMiles members will be eligible for complimentary upgrades.

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