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Delta Considering Adding Bare-Bones Fares to International Flights

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.