Installing Full Flat Bed Seats On Its Boeing 747-400 Aircraft
By Steve Hall
February 19, 2012 -
Delta Air Lines is renovating its Boeing 747-400
aircraft fleet to include full flat-bed seats in the
BusinessElite cabin and new "slim line" seats offering
more personal space and individual in-seat entertainment
throughout the Economy cabin.
The airline already has taken delivery of the first
modified aircraft, which operated its first flight on
Jan. 26 from Tokyo-Narita to Detroit. As modifications
are completed throughout 2012, passengers will
increasingly see the upgraded aircraft on various routes
across the Pacific and Atlantic. Customers will
experience the new interiors on each 747 flown by Delta
by October, 2012.
Each 747 will have 48 BusinessElite full flat-bed seats on the upper and lower deck of the aircraft featuring direct aisle access for every seat, a 110-volt universal power outlet, USB port and a personal LED reading lamp.
addition, each seat comes with a 15.4 inch widescreen video
monitor with instant access to more than 1,000 entertainment
options - more than any other U.S. carrier including more than
300 films, 88 hours of television programming, nearly 100 hours
of premium programming from HBO and Showtime, 27 video games and
more than 5,000 digital music tracks.
747 BusinessElite seat, manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace, are
approximately 80 inches in length and 20.5 inches wide, and will
be arranged in an angled herringbone layout, similar to the
flat-bed product currently offered on Delta's 777 fleet. Window
seats will face outward, while center seats are angled toward
each other. The new
seats are 20 percent wider than those they replace and include a
large dining table and side console.
There are no middle or rear-facing seats.
customers want a full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access and
the new BusinessElite configuration of our 747s provides them
with an industry leading experience as they fly across the
globe," said Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president ?
Marketing, Network and Revenue Management.
"The days of having to step over a sleeping customer in the seat next to you are over. These upgrades will make the 747 the premier aircraft in our international fleet and customers will immediately notice the improved experience."
To date, more than
one-third of Delta's widebody international fleet has been upgraded with
direct-aisle access full flat-bed seats and the airline's entire
widebody international fleet of more than 140 aircraft will be flying
with full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite by 2014.
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