Delta Air Lines may be considering adding supercheap, no-frills airfares to international flights.
In an earnings call with reporters last week, executives from the country's second-largest carrier said that revenue from transatlantic flights had declined of late, partly due to competition from low-cost international airlines such as Norwegian Air International.
When asked how Delta planned to respond, CEO Edward Bastian reported that the company was mulling over the idea of offering ultra-low, bare-bones fares on international flights, arguing that budget-conscious passengers would prefer flying with an established brand like Delta instead of trying "some of the unknown, nonbrand names."
Several major U.S. airlines already offer no-frills fares for domestic flights. Delta calls them Basic Economy fares.