Delta installs flat-beds on B747s

Delta's BusinessElite cabin onboard its Boeing 747-400s
Delta's BusinessElite cabin onboard its Boeing 747-400s

Delta Air Lines has completed the installation of flat-bed seats in the business class cabins of all its Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

The last of 16 Boeing 747s, each with 48 business class seats, has now been fitted with fully-flat seats and entered service this week on a flight between Singapore and Tokyo Narita, 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, Delta’s executive vice president for network, revenue management & 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 has already completed the installation of the full flat-bed seats on its B777 and B767-400ER aircraft. In total, approximately 50% of Delta’s wide-body international fleet has received the upgrade. In addition to flat-bed seats in business class, the cabin overhaul includes an upgraded economy class seat and personal in-flight entertainment in every seat. The airline’s entire wide-body 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 trans-continental flights between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. In addition, Delta plans to add Wi-Fi to its entire international fleet.

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