Delta isn’t blocking middle seats on this flight

Delta is one of several US carriers that has committed to capping the capacity of its flights in order to maintain distance between passengers. The airline has the following capacity caps on its aircraft through September 30, 2020:

  • First Class/Delta One cabins with one aisle: 50%
  • Delta One cabins with two aisles: 75%
  • Main Cabin/Delta Comfort+/Delta Premium Select: 60%

But there is one flight where Delta doesn’t seem to be capping capacity. Delta flight DL3320 from New York to Mumbai, India departed on July 14th, with a cabin that appears to be absolutely packed. According to seat maps, only two seats in Premium Select were blocked, and only 14 seats in Economy were blocked.

You can see the seat map from Expert Flyer below. Occupied seats are filled in blue, while blocked seats are indicated by a white “x”. The Delta One (business) cabin was also packed, with only three seats blocked. The 15-hour flight was serviced by a 777-200.

It’s unclear why this flight was so full. The return flight on July 15th is completely empty, with middle seats blocked. DL3320 departing two days from now on July 16th is also empty. It’s possible that this is an anomaly with Expert Flyer’s seat map.

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