Starting in September, Delta will start operating 757-200’s configured with 16 BusinessElite seats between New York and Los Angeles/San Francisco. It is about time, given that American, United, and Virgin America offer international business class seats up front on all their premium flights on this route, and Continental operates 757-200’s with international business class seats on some of these flights.
Of course while it sounds nice and dandy, I would expect this to nearly kill complimentary upgrades for all except top tier passengers on expensive tickets. Not only will Delta get a bit more paid premium traffic as a result of this, but the number of premium seats on many of these flights is being reduced from 26 (on the ex-Song 757’s) to 16. So this is both good and bad news, depending on who you are.