Delta Completes Full Flat-Bed Installation on All Widebody Overseas Flights

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Delta announced today that they have finally completed the installation of their 180 degree lie-flat seats with direct aisle access on their entire widebody overseas planes.

Delta Completes Full Flat-Bed Installation

Delta Completes Full Flat-Bed Installation

The completed interior fleet modifications include all Delta Airbus A330-200/300, Boeing 767-300ER/400ER, 747-400 and 777-200ER/LR aircraft, which represents Delta’s largest interior fleet modification investment in more than a decade.

With these modifications complete, Delta also is the only U.S. domestic carrier to offer personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat on all long-haul international flights.

Beginning July 1, 2014, Delta also will operate three updated Boeing 757 aircraft with full flat-bed seats on the transcontinental route between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

These will be the first 757 aircraft in service to feature Delta’s previously announced upgrades including full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite on transcon flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. All transcon flights on these routes will feature full flat-bed seats by summer 2015.

Delta Air Lines 767-400

Delta may not have the best loyalty program, but they to continue to invest in their widebody BusinessElite cabins.

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  1. I have a flight in first class SLC – HNL in June on the 767-300 (76P/76Q). I have heard that Delta has some lie flat seats to Hawaii. Would that be the 767-300 that you speak of?


  2. I’m a DL PM and I have never flown these seats. Friends of mine have, and I get conflicting reports as to whether or not they’re PARALLEL to the ground. I understand that the seat elongates to a flat 180 degrees, but is there any angle (like any angle whatsoever)? Because I can’t figure it out, and I pay for most of my flights, I wouldn’t dare waste the money on an angled lie flat, no matter how gentle the angle (you still feel like you’re sliding down the seat). Now that KLM has updated their business, I prefer that–at least I know what I’m getting.

    —It would be amazing if someone could put this to rest for me. 🙂

  3. @Sean, if it’s branded as First class, it’s not. It’s probably the big recliners.

  4. @Garrett

    The marketing of the premium cabin as first or business has no relevance to the actual makeup of the cabin outside of international and transcon flights.

    For example, SFO-HNL @5PM everyday is marketed as First, but it’s on a 757-200 with a BE cabin. In fact, it’s the plane that just came from JFK.

    @Sean, I’ve flown SLC-HNL a bunch of times and although in the past it was a 767 with the old style BE cabin, it seems most of the more recent flights have been on the old 767-300s…

    Sorry mate

  5. @Jake it looks like it’s on a 757-300 with recliner seats and shared entertainment. I just did a quick search–can’t find any flights that have this cabin. Can’t actually find a 5PM flight. I could be wrong on this, but I don’t think I am. Would be happy to be proven wrong.

  6. @Garrett, the lie-flat seats in Delta’s BE cabins are not angled in any way (they are horizontal). I’ve never heard any such reports.
    Well, I myself can only speak for the seats in the B767-300ERs (which are the same as on the B767-400ERs). Others I haven’t “tested” so far.

  7. @Sean – 76P/76Q have normal first class seats, not flat-beds.

    @Garrett – all of Delta’s flat beds are indeed 180 degrees flat and parallel to the ground. They are NOT angled lie-flat.

    A flight being marketed as having “business class” or “first class” is determined only by the flight number. If it’s within a certain range that is reserved for international flights, then it will be business class, regardless of the equipment. These are primarily thru-flights to/from an international destinations (ex: BHM-ATL-STR), but can also just be normal flights without any international tag. It all just depends on the flight number.

  8. @Ralfinho @DiscPapa Thanks for the responses! I will book with confidence! (or at least get some bang out of those last 2 SWUs I’ve got–I don’t care if I have to pay a lot…I’m using them overseas on KLM dammit).


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