Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) 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. It was announced today, Feb. 15.
The airline already has taken delivery of the first modified aircraft, which operated its first flight on Jan. 26, 2012 from Tokyo-Narita to Detroit.[ Also Read: Delta Offers In-Flight Wi-Fi, Entertainment Options ]
As modifications are completed throughout 2012, customers 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.
In addition, each seat comes with a 15.4 inch widescreen video monitor with instant access to more than 1,000 entertainment options – 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.[ Also Read: Will Spicejet Fly for Everyone in India? ]
The new 747 BusinessElite seat, manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace, is 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, the company said.