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Starting this summer, Delta flyers who want to stretch out on long-haul flights can opt for the new Economy Comfort class, a happy medium between pricey first-class fares and snug economy seats that give travelers extra reclining space and 4 inches of extra legroom – plus front-of-the-cabin perks like early boarding, free cocktails, and in-seat power outlets.

Like in United’s Economy Plus section, where seats have 5 inches more legroom than in traditional coach rows, Delta will let its platinum- and diamond-tier frequent flyers reserve spots in the section at no extra charge. Otherwise, the spacious seats sell for $80 to $160 more than coach tickets, with a 50 percent discount for gold-level flyers and a 25 percent savings for silver members.

Passengers can book the seats, which will take up the first few rows of coach on more than 160 planes, beginning in May.

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