Delta to Upgrade 747-400 Interiors

By Tish Drake | September 3, 2010
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Delta Air Lines on Thursday unveiled plans to upgrade the interiors of its Boeing 747-400s flying primarily from the Tokyo-Narita hub to include new seats and new in-flight entertainment options.

Between summer 2011 and 2012, Delta will equip each of its 16 747-400s with new fully horizontal flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin and new Economy class seats with personal, on-demand entertainment, increased personal space and added under-seat storage. The investments are the latest in Delta's previously announced plan to invest more than $1 billion in enhanced global products and services through 2013. When complete, Delta will offer full flat-bed seats on more than 100 trans-oceanic aircraft, including all Boeing 777s, 767s and 747s, and will feature personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all widebody flights.

The BusinessElite seats, manufactured by Weber Aircraft LLC, will be 81.7 inches in length and 20.5 inches wide, and will feature a 120-volt universal power outlet, USB port, personal LED reading lamp and Panasonic Avionics' 15.4 inch monitors. The Economy class upgrades will include seats from Weber. Panasonic Avionics will provide a 9-inch embedded touch-screen entertainment system.

When reconfigured, the 747s will accommodate 386 customers with 48 BusinessElite seats and 338 Economy class seats.

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