Delta Announces Major Aircraft Enhancements

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Delta announced today that they have plans to update the interiors on 225 domestic narrowbody aircraft.

The aircraft types include Boeing 757-200, 737-800, Airbus A319 and A320 fleets in which Delta plans to spend $770 million in upgrades through 2016.


Details by Fleet:

757-200 aircraft improvements
Delta’s modifications to 56 of its 757-200 aircraft will include installing in-seat video, satellite TV and access to power for every passenger, along with new galleys, updated LED cabin lighting, new lavatory designs as well as larger capacity overhead bins. Delta will be the first carrier in North America to install the new bin system which will increase passenger carry-on baggage capacity by more than 50 percent.

The 49 modified domestic aircraft will feature a layout of 20 First Class seats, 29 Economy Comfort seats and 150 Economy seats. The remaining seven 757-200 international aircraft will have a configuration of 18 First Class seats, 28 Economy Comfort seats and 151 Economy seats.

737-800 aircraft improvements
The investment in 43 of Delta’s 737-800 aircraft will include the addition of in-seat video with satellite TV, new LED cabin lighting and updated lavatories. The aircraft will be configured with 16 First Class seats, 18 Economy Comfort seats and 126 Economy seats.

When the modifications are complete, Delta’s entire fleet of 73 737-800 aircraft will have in-seat video with access to satellite TV and in-seat power throughout the aircraft.

A319 and A320 aircraft improvements
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. The aircraft will also receive new space-saving galleys, new lavatories, new larger-capacity overhead bins with an average increase of 60 percent more carry-on baggage space, updated LED lighting systems and new cabin interiors. Updates to the A319 fleet will also include the installation of in-seat video with satellite TV.

The A319 will include 12 seats in First Class and 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 for each seat. 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.

Bottom Line

Adding seatback TV’s to more of their domestic fleets will be a great enhancement.

When it comes to First Class seats, Delta is reducing their 757-200’s to only 20 seats down from the current 24-26 seats now. They are however upping their A320 aircrafts to 16 First Class seats from the current 12 seats.

Overall, I’m really looking forward to these cabin enhancements.

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  1. It is moves like this that really have me hopeful for the new AA. I hope the two continue to push and compete with each other.

  2. I’m not a big Delta fan, but can see myself becoming one in the future. I’ve always thought Delta did a better job with technology than American (my main carrier), and these improvements just follow suite. But what could make me a Delta flier is their announcement that cell phone calls will never be allowed, regardless of FCC rulings. American has made no such statement, and should AA decide to allow them, it’s Delta for me.

  3. “Aircraft” is both singular and plural. Sentence should read “They are however upping their A320 aircraft…”.

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