Delta Air Lines Completes Full Flat-bed Installations on Boeing 747-400
ATLANTA, Nov. 15, 2012
ATLANTA, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has
completed the installation of full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite® cabin
of all Boeing 747-400 type aircraft.
The last of 16 Boeing 747 aircraft, each with 48 BusinessElite seats, has been
retrofitted with full flat-bed seats. It entered scheduled service this week
on a flight between Singapore and Tokyo's Narita airport, before making its
way to Atlanta.
"A full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access is a premium cabin feature
that's important to our customers and one of the many ways we're keeping our
commitment to making flying better," said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice
president – Network, Revenue Management and Marketing. "The 747 is an iconic
aircraft and with this nose-to-tail modification complete, it will serve as
the crown jewel of our fleet taking our customers everywhere they want to go –
from Australia, Asia, the Middle East and back again."
Delta previously completed installation of the full flat-bed modification on
its Boeing 777 and 767-400ER aircraft types. To date, 13 767-300ER aircraft
have received the modification and three more will be complete by month's
end. In total, approximately 50 percent of Delta's widebody international
fleet has received the upgrade. In addition to flat-bed seats in
BusinessElite, the cabin overhaul includes upgraded seats in the Economy cabin
with personal entertainment at every seat. The airline's entire widebody
international fleet of more than 140 aircraft will receive the full aircraft
modification in both cabins by the middle of 2014.
Delta recently announced plans to install full flat-bed seats on its
transcontinental flights between New York – JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco
This autumn, Delta announced plans to add Wi-Fi to its entire international
fleet. The airline is already the largest operator of Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft
on more than 3,000 flights serving more than 400,000 customers every day.
When complete, Delta will offer Wi-Fi on more than 950 aircraft, from 747s to
two-class regional jets.
The installation of flat-bed seats is a major component of the airline's more
than $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport
facilities through 2015. In addition to investments in transcon, Delta
operates the largest Wi-Fi-enabled fleet in the world, is adding recharging
stations at more airports, has added more First Class seats and in-flight
entertainment to its domestic product; offers Economy Comfort on all two-class
aircraft; is adding personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and
Economy class customers on all long-haul international flights; has updated
Delta Sky Clubs throughout the system; and is overhauling its terminal
facility for international customers at its two largest global gateways – the
new international terminal in Atlanta now open and the expanded international
terminal opening next May at New York-JFK.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the
past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of
Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by
PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology, won the Business Travel
News Annual Airline Survey and was the recipient of 12 Executive Travel
Magazine Leading Edge Awards for U.S. airlines. With an industry-leading
global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to
nearly 313 destinations in 58 countries on six continents. Headquartered in
Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline
fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global
alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint
venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance
partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in
Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New
York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and
Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier
program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning
BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide.
Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and
global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in
the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding
passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines
Contact: Delta Corporate Communications, +1-404-715-2554, news.delta.com
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