UK – USA Business Travel
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Delta Air will be operating a refurbished fleet of Boeing 767-400’s from November. The refurbishment will introduce four branded seat products to the UK for the first time. This includes Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and the Main Cabin. The routes include London Heathrow to Atlanta, New York JFK and Boston. Later (in early to mid 2020) there will be routes available from London Heathrow to Detroit, Minneapolis and Portland.
A decrease in total passengers, from an original capacity of 246 to 238 suggests an improved level of space and comfort. Perhaps more so in business class, where the previous layout was 40 seats across 10 rows changing to 34 seats across 9 rows in near enough the same cabin space.
Furthermore, the refurbished cabin will feature Delta’s new wireless IFE (Inflight Entertainment System) throughout. One pound per seat will be saved by streaming content instead of using heavy wires. This is expected to equate to an annual saving of 1,330 metric tons of carbon emissions.
The US carrier have paid particular attention to their new Delta One product. “The new Delta One seat takes inspiration from our Delta One suite to offer added privacy and comfort for our premium customers,” said Corneel Koster, Delta senior vice president of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.
“The new seats are based on our latest design and provide customers with new levels of choice, comfort and space in both Delta One and our brand-new Delta Premium Select cabin.”
Delta One seats are effectively a business class product. It is not the same product you may find on other Delta fleet, mainly due to the 767-400 being a narrower cabin. With that in mind, the formation of the 34 seats is staggered, as shown below. Delta One seats are a similar, yet toned down version of the Delta One Suite’s. Notably, they lack the popular door feature that you can find in the Delta One Suite.
Whilst Delta’s reconfigured 767-400 fleet is not due to commence flight until November, Airways Magazine notes that the refurbishment on the first plane is now complete.
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