January 08, 2014
Delta Air Lines, advancing its strategy of channeling capital into its existing fleet as opposed to more new aircraft, will pour $770 million into refreshing cabins and adding both seats and passenger creature comforts on 225 narrowbodies during the next three years.
The changes will see an array of improvements, including new slim-line seats with plug-in power, in-seat video, satellite TV, and revamped galleys and lavatories installed on 56 Boeing 757-200s, 43 737-800s, 57 Airbus A319, and 69 A320s.
The upgrades will add six economy seats to the A319s, boosting per-aircraft capacity to 102 seats. The A320s will get four additional first class seats and six more economy seats, pushing capacity to 126, which matches the carrier’s 737-800s.
The upgraded 757s include 49 for domestic services with 200 seats each: 20 in first class, 29 in Economy Comfort (EC), and 151 in economy. Seven more 757s will be configured for international routes with 197 seats in an 18-28-151 layout, which adds 23 seats to the carrier’s current international 757 cabin.
The airline operates 138 757s, including eight separate seating configurations. It was not immediately clear which of the domestic 757s were part of the upgrade plans.
Airbus aircraft upgrades including new first and business class seats, power at every seat, new galleys, and larger overhead bins.
New 757 amenities include in-seat video, satellite TV and access to power for every passenger, new galleys, updated LED cabin lighting, new lavatories and larger capacity overhead bins.
The 737-800s will receive new in-seat video, cabin lighting, and lavatories.
“We’re continuing to make smart long-term investments in our products and services to meet the expectations of our customers,” says Delta Executive VP and Chief Revenue Officer Glen Hauenstein. Once these and previously announced upgrades are done, Delta will have revamped the interiors of its entire mainline fleet in a six-year period, he notes.