With all of Delta’s 747s retired and several new A350s scheduled for delivery and many already in operation, the airline now has 4 different wide-body Delta One seats. While all Delta One seats feature amenities like individual power outlets and IFE system, seat adjustments, privacy, as well as storage differ greatly.
When it comes to international widebodies, Delta flies the A330 and Boeing 777 with herringbone configurations and the Boeing 767, 777 and A350 with two versions of independently staggered direct aisle access.
The newest independently staggered direct aisle access seat is found on all of Delta’s A350s and a handful of recently retrofitted Boeing 777. The enclosed “suites” are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration with partial height wall and sliding door. The seats offer both ample storage, surface top area, and privacy for passengers in every seat.
Thanks to the adjustable partition in the middle seats, couples can share their inflight experience with one another. Each seat has a very large fixed IFE screen that is great for watching movies in any seat position.
One of the original staggered direct aisle access layouts, the Thompson Vantage seats are found only on the Boeing 767 variants in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seating area’s only storage is a tiny cubby for footwear and small mesh pocked, while the surface top must be moved to access the tray table.
The seat offers little privacy even for solo travelers sitting on the outside, but couple can share company when siting in the middle section of the cabin. The IFE screen is very small considering the distance when the seat is reclined.
The reverse herringbone seat is found only on the A330 with seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The seat offers little storage, but tons of personal space and decent surface top area to place items after take-off. For couples, the middle section is ideal while the outer seats offer privacy for solo travelers. Additionally, the IFE screen must be stored during taxi, take-off, and landing, but the screen faces out when in the locked position.
The herringbone seat found on the Boeing 777 is one of the oldest seat configurations for Delta One with each seat facing each other in a 1-2-1 configuration. All seats lack both storage or a place to put down anything and offer little privacy. Not idea for couples because the seats are too far apart to hold a quiet conversation and solo travels may end up awkwardly staring at the person across the aisle. Additionally, the IFE screen, which is rather small must be stored during taxi, take-off, and landing as well as faces in when in the locked position.
As Delta continues to modernize the interiors of its extensive fleet, the A330 is likely to be the next model to receive a retrofit for the Delta One seat, but no announcements have been made.
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