Delta to carry out £425m cabin refresh

9 Jan 2014 by GrahamSmith
Delta Air Lines will carry out a £425 million ($770 million) refurbishment of its B757-200, B737-800, A319 and A320 aircraft over the next three years, it has been announced. The US carrier plans to add new slimline seats with adjustable headrests, provide power at every seat, add more efficient galleys and update lavatory facilities. Modifications to 56 of Delta's B757-200 aircraft will include installing in-seat video, satellite TV and access to power for every passenger, along with new galleys and updated LED cabin lighting. Larger capacity overhead bins, meanwhile, will increase carry-on baggage capacity by more than 50 per cent, the airline said. The 49 domestic B757-200s will feature a layout of 20 First Class seats, 29 Economy Comfort seats and 150 Economy seats. The remaining seven international aircraft will have a configuration of 18 First Class seats, 28 Economy Comfort seats and 151 Economy seats. Forty-three of Delta's B737-800 jets will be upgraded to include in-seat video with satellite TV, new LED cabin lighting and updated lavatories. The aircraft will be configured with 16 First Class seats, 18 in Economy Comfort and 126 in Economy. When the refurbishment is complete, Delta's entire fleet of 73 B737-800s will have in-seat video with access to satellite TV and in-seat power throughout. Delta's 57 A319 and 69 A320 aircraft will receive complete interior updates including new seats in both First Class and Economy cabins, with in-seat power throughout the aircraft. There will also be new space-saving galleys, lavatories, larger-capacity overhead bins with an average increase of 60 per cent more carry-on baggage space, updated LED lighting systems and new cabin interiors. The A319 fleet will also receive the installation of in-seat video with satellite TV and will include 12 seats in First Class, while the A320 will have 16 First Class seats. All Economy seats on both aircraft types will feature wider seats with an increase from the current 17.2 inches to 18 inches. Both fleets will have 18 Economy Comfort seats with 34 inches of pitch. Economy seats will each have 31 inches of pitch on both aircraft with 102 seats on the A319 and 126 seats on the A320. Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president – chief revenue officer, said: "We're continuing to make smart longterm investments in our products and services to meet the expectations of our customers. "In just six years, we will have made updated to interiors throughout Delta's fleet giving customers improved comfort and more options to work or relax and be entertained." Earlier this week it emerged that Delta is to remove some business class seating in a bid to boost revenue (see news, January 6). Graham Smith
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