Delta to Refit 747-400 Cabins

Delta Air Lines Refit 747-400 Economy Cabin | photo credit: Delta | FlyersPulse Airline News and Hot Travel Deals

Inflight Entertainment in All Classes

Delta Air Lines is re-fitting the cabins of its Boeing 747-400 fleet.  The renovations include full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin along with new slim line seats in economy.  The new economy seats will not only provide additional personal space, but economy class passengers will have individual in-seat entertainment.

The carrier has already taken delivery of the first modified Boeing 747-400 which operated its first flight on January 26, 2012, from Tokyo-Narita to Detroit.  Cabin modifications will continue to take place through-out 2012 and passengers will start seeing the upgraded aircraft on routes across the Pacific and Atlantic.

All Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400’s will have new interiors by October 2012.

Flat Beds in BusinessElite

Each Boeing 747-400 will have 48 BusinessElite seats, which convert into full flat-bed seats, on the upper and lower deck of the aircraft.  Each seat will offer direct aisle access, a 110 volt power outlet, USB port, and a personal LED reading light.  The inflight entertainment system at each seat includes a 15.4 inch widescreen video monitor with Audio and Video on Demand with more than 1,000 entertainment options.

Delta Full Flat-Bed Seat | Photo: Delta Air Lines | FlyersPulse Airline News and Travel Deals

The new 747 BusinessElite seats are manufactured by Zodiac Aerospace.  The seats are nearly 80 inches in length and 20.5 inches wide setup in an angled herringbone layout, similar to the flat-bed product on Delta’s 777 fleet.  The seats are designed for comfort and easy aisle access — each window seat will face outward while the center seats will be angled towards each other.  The new Business Class seats are 20 percent wider than the old seats and feature a dining table and side console.

Glen Hauenstein, executive vice president – Marketing, Network and Revenue Management, said, “Our best 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.”  Hauenstein continues, “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.”

As of this writing, more than one-third of Delta’s widebody international fleet has been upgraded with new, direct-aisle access full flat-bed seats.  Delta Air Lines plans to have full-flat bed seats on all of their international widebody fleet, which makes up more than 140 aircraft; their goal – to finish the refits by 2014.

The carrier’s fleet of 18 Boeing 777-200 aircraft, each with 45 BusinessElite seats per aircraft, and all 21 of the Boeing 767-400ER aircraft with 40 BusinessElite seats per aircraft have been re-fitted with the new seats.  The Boeing 767-300ER fleet already has seven aircraft converted with 36 full flat-bed seats and new interiors; the entire Boeing 767-300ER fleet should be re-fitted by the end of 2013.

Delta Economy Comfort

The re-fitted Boeing 747-400’s also feature Economy Comfort, a product which includes nearly four additional inches of legroom in economy class.  Each Economy Comfort seat features 35 inches of seat pitch and 50 percent more recline.  The refit Boeing 747-400 aircraft will feature 42 Economy Comfort seats.

In addition to the extra space and recline, passengers will have priority boarding privileges and complimentary drinks through-out the flight.

Delta Economy on Boeing 747-400

The changes to the economy cabin will immediately be noticed.  Seatback TV’s with personal inflight entertainment are new to this aircraft, which operates some of the longer flights in Delta’s route network.

New slim line seats will provide up to two additional inches of knee clearance and the seats will all feature a headrest with adjustable wings, height, and tilt, USB power, and a nine-inch touchscreen for Audio and Video on Demand.

Between the new BusinessElite seats and the economy cabin, the Boeing 747-400 fleet will have a crisp, fresh look and feel.

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