Delta To Refurbish Its Boeing
747-400 Fleet With New Interiors
September 3, 2010
- Delta Air Lines unveiled plans for the complete revitalization of its
fleet of Boeing 747-400 aircraft flying primarily from the Tokyo-Narita
hub. Between summer 2011 and 2012, Delta will equip each of its 16
747-400s with new fully horizontal flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite
cabin and new Economy class seats featuring personal, on-demand
entertainment, increased personal space and added under-seat storage.
The investments are the latest in Delta's previously announced plan to invest more than $1 billion in enhanced global products and services through 2013. When complete, Delta will offer full flat-bed seats on more than 100 trans-oceanic aircraft, including all Boeing 777s, 767s and 747s, and will feature personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all widebody flights.
dollar investment we are making to completely revitalize our
trans-oceanic fleet speaks to our strong commitment to the Asian
market," Delta President Ed Bastian said in a press briefing here today.
"While we have solidly positioned ourselves as the leading
The 747 upgrades
will bring substantial changes to both decks of the aircraft's
BusinessElite cabin. The new, custom-designed product will feature 48
horizontal flat-bed seats with direct aisle access at each seat.
Window seats will face the window for improved privacy and center
seats will be angled toward each other for the convenience of customers
The new seat, manufactured by Weber Aircraft LLC, will be 81.7 inches in length and 20.5 inches wide, similar to the flat-bed product currently offered on Delta's 777-200LR fleet. It also will feature a 120-volt universal power outlet, USB port, personal LED reading lamp and Panasonic's 15.4 inch personal video monitors with instant access to 250 new and classic movies, premium programming from HBO and Showtime, video games and more than 4,000 digital music tracks.
"The design of our
flat-bed product meets customers' desire for comfortable sleep, direct
aisle access and ample storage and work space when they travel on
long-haul flights," Bastian said. "We have had great success from a
customer service and business standpoint with flat-bed service since it
first rolled out on our 777 fleet, and we expect similar results when
customers experience our new trans-Pacific 747 and 767 BusinessElite
product beginning next year."
Economy class on the 747-400 will benefit from the industry's first seat
designed collaboratively by a seat manufacturer and an in-flight
entertainment company, Weber Aircraft and Panasonic Avionics
Corporation, to fully incorporate seat and entertainment functionality
into one product. Using a
nine-inch screen, the new seat's embedded touch-screen entertainment
system will offer each customer access to 250 movie titles, hundreds of
television shows, 4,000 digital music tracks, personalized music
playlists, more than a dozen interactive games and a USB port to charge
iPods and other personal electronic devices.
The new seats
offer up to 1.5 inches more personal space and increased under-seat
storage through a "slimline" design that more efficiently uses cabin
space than the older, heavier seats they replace. The upgraded seats
also feature adjustable headrests and deliver environmental benefits
through the Panasonic Eco 9i Integrated Smart Monitors that use 30
percent less energy and are 60 percent lighter than entertainment
systems installed on other Delta aircraft.
Delta's 747s are
dedicated largely to trans-Pacific and intra-Asia flights to and from
the Tokyo-Narita hub, including routes connecting
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