Delta Changing Class Codes for First Class Availability

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  1. CVFDCHIEF180

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    Does anyone know anything about the changes that Delta is making to the fare bucket for which they pull first class availability, currently V and X class. If anyone can elaborate it would be appreciated.
     
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    Delta, Air France and KLM Announce Final Steps toward Fare Class Alignment

    (January 22, 2013) - Nearly two years ago, Delta, Air France and KLM embarked on a strategic initiative to align fare classes for published and private fares. Delta Air Lines is pleased to announce that the final steps of fare class alignment are about to take place.

    Fare Class Alignment will be rolled out in four phases between January and March 2013. Once complete, Delta’s fare classes will be better aligned with its trans-Atlantic joint venture partners Air France and KLM. The dates included in this announcement are tentative and are subject to modification.

    Agreements will be adapted to reflect the new fare classes as outlined below.

    Dates of Implementation and Program Highlights for Each Phase

    Phase 1

    Effective January 23, 2013, for travel on or after January 30, 2013, “V “and “X” class will be replaced with “R” (First Class) and “O” (Business Class) for Delta’s Complimentary Medallion upgrades.

    Although the upgrade class of service is changing to “R” and “O” class, and will be the same class of service as the other upgrade certificate programs in Phase 2 (see below), the number of seats allocated for these upgrades will not change. Delta is managing the inventory behind the scenes.

    “V” and “X” Class will no longer be part of the Domestic First Class and Business Class cabin. They will be reintroduced in Phase 4 in the Economy Class cabin.
    Additional details for Phase 1 - including how fare class alignment will affect travel agency PNRs and tickets - are listed below.

    Phase 2

    Effective February 6, 2013, for travel on or after February 19, 2013, “G” and “Z” classes will be replaced with “R” (First Class) and “O” (Business Class) for certain upgrades.

    Although the upgrade class of service is changing, and is the same class of service as the Complimentary Medallion Upgrades (see Phase 1), the number of seats allocated for these upgrades will not change. Delta is managing the inventory behind the scenes.

    “G” and “Z” classes will be reintroduced in Phase 4 in the Domestic First Class cabin and Business Class cabin as “displayed” classes of service.
    Additional details for Phase 2 will be provided prior to launch.

    Phase 3

    Effective February 23, 2013, for travel originating on/after February 27, 2013, “S” Class will be replaced with “Z” Class in the Business Class cabin.

    “Z” Class will become a “displayed” class of service in the Business Class cabin.

    “S” Class will no longer be part of the Business Class cabin. It will be reintroduced in Phase 4 into the Economy Class cabin.
    Additional details for Phase 3 will be provided prior to launch.

    Phase 4 - Final Phase

    On March 19, 2013, Delta will reintroduce “G” class in the Domestic First Class cabin. In addition, “S”, “X” and “V” classes will be reintroduced in the Economy Class cabin.

    “S” Class will no longer be part of the Business Class cabin.


    Additional details for Phase 4 will be provided prior to launch.

    Final Classes of Service Hierarchy

    The final classes of service hierarchy will be:
    J, C, D, I, Z, O*, F, P, A, G, R*, Y, B, M, S, H, Q, K, L, U, T, X, V, E

    *non-displayed class of service
    Additional Details
     
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    Link to discussion on FT.
     
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    The real question: Will AF and DL computers and reservations finally be able to get anything useful done?
     
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