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Delta announced this morning that starting they will begin equipping their 757-200ER aircraft with lie-flat seats and will start flying between New York JFK and Los Angeles on July 1, 2014.
Currently Delta flies a mixture of 757’s with recliner seats in BusinessElite and 767’s with lie-flat seats on this route, so it’s nice that they are upping their game and that all planes on this route will have lie-falt seats starting this summer.
Some details of the new 757’200ER’s include 16 full flat-bed seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration in the BusinessElite cabin. Each seat is 20 inches wide – expandable up to 22 inches – with an average bed length of 76 inches. Cabin mood lighting and high definition 16-inch video monitor at each seat will further improve the onboard experience.
Here are some pictures of the new seats
Adding lie-flat seats on this route in BusinessElite is a great enhancement. This will be the first domestic route with lie-flat seats on the 757 by Delta and as more planes are retro-fitted with these seats they will start to expand to JFK-SFO and JFK-SEA in the coming months.
Currently Medallion upgrades are still available on this route, so there is a still a chance that you might be able to snag an upgrade to one of these.