Delta Lie-Flat Domestic Routes 11/25 – Big Repositioning Day For 747, 767, 777

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Sometimes you can find a Delta operated domestic flight with an internationally configured plane. But this Sunday, November 25th, 2012, you can find a lot of Delta internationally configured planes flying domestic routes. Fresh off of a 757 with Business Elite angled lie-flat cradle seats, I did one simple search, I spotted the ability to fly Delta’s 747, 767 and 777 in their fully lie-flat seats. Here are a few examples of how you can try these seats out on domestic routes.

On Sunday, November 25th, Delta is repositioning their 747 between Atlanta and Los Angeles in both directions.

On Sunday, November 25th, Delta is flying a 767-400 with the new lie-flat seats between Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Delta is also flying a 767-400 with the new lie-flat seats between Atlanta and Salt Lake City.

You can also find Delta operating an A330-200 on the Atlanta to Los Angeles route on November 25th, 2012.

And as usual, Delta operates their 777 with lie-flat seats between Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Bottom Line

A few simple searches and you could find a flight to ride in style with one of Delta’s internationally configured planes on a domestic route.

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  1. Interesting. When/If one has the ability (and interest)to track specific aircraft within a given airline’s fleet, one can often find “International” aircraft on “Domestic” routes. First, remember that airplanes on the ground or airplanes flying empty to do not generate revenue. Some A’lines fly some of their fleet in a nearly continuous literal circumnavigation of the earth. If a given airplane arrives on the West Coast, but it’s international schedule departs from the other coast, why not load it with pax and freight while repositioning to the Right Coast’s departure point? It also happens in the reverse and any number of variations. The real point is to load those repositioning flights with revenue customers and make a little money. If one examines the itineraries of specific aircraft, these flights are quite easy to spot. Obviously, this applies primarily to US flag lines with a significant international schedule. Foreign carriers cannot do this in the US, because more are prohibited from offering domestic carriage within the US. WHile these domestic flights on US carrier’s international metal may – or May Not include their international level of service, at least one can enjoy the hard product associated with those routes. It may take a serious geek to identify them, but beginning the search with larger or ER/LR aircraft models is not a bad place to start. Have fun. And, don’t forget that hardware substitutions are common, as w ell as entire cancellations. The US carriers would much prefer to repair the pilot’s ‘bitch sheet’ issues in their own domestic facilities rather than in a foreign port where they have far more limited services. Having the airplane ready for its next world-circle flight is their priority, not putting pax on the positioning flights. Your mileage may vary.

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