Delta Air Lines has completed the installation of fully flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin of its entire fleet of Boeing 777 and 767-400ER type aircraft. The remaining 18 Boeing 777 aircraft, each of which features 45 BusinessElite seats, and all 21 Boeing 767-400ER aircraft, with 40 BusinessElite seats per plane, were involved in the latest retrofitting project. Each flatbed seat includes direct aisle access.
“A full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access is a premium cabin feature that’s important to our customers and we’re delivering,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “Installing full flat-bed seats on each of our widebody international aircraft is a major component of the US$2 billion investment Delta is making in our product and customer experience over the next two years.”
Progress continues as Delta’s first Boeing 767-300ER will receive its scheduled full flat-bed in August. To date, more than 25% of Delta’s wide-body international fleet has received the upgrade and the airline’s entire wide-body international fleet of more than 140 aircraft will be flying with full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite by the end of 2013.
Delta’s ongoing investment also includes work underway on Delta’s new Terminal 4 at New York-JFK, which will open in 2013, and the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in Atlanta, opening in 2012. Pending government approval of an agreement between Delta and US Airways to transfer take-off and landing rights at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington DC’s Reagan National airports, Delta also will spend up to US$117 million to expand and renovate terminals C and D at LaGuardia over the next two years.