ATLANTA, Oct. 24, 2006 – Delta Air Lines will boost its ability to go the distance, internationally, as the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of Boeing’s 777-200LR aircraft. By adding the world’s longest range commercial jetliner to its fleet, Delta will bolster its international expansion with the ability to connect virtually any two cities around the globe, nonstop. The 777-200LR is the fifth and newest model of the 777 family to enter passenger service. Delta will take delivery of two 777-200LR aircraft in 2008.
“These aircraft will enable us to fly non-stop to ultra long distance destinations across Asia and the Middle East as we continue our international expansion,” said Mel Fauscett, managing director of Fleet Planning & Acquisition for Delta. “The range of these aircraft coupled with innovative cabin features will allow customers to travel to popular international destinations in superior comfort and distinguish Delta’s customer experience among the U.S. carriers.”
Delta plans to take delivery of these aircraft in early 2008. The two planes will come equipped with fully horizontal personal sleeper suites in BusinessElite®. Delta’s fully-horizontal personal suite will feature:
- A reclining seat that adjusts to multiple comfortable positions, including a completely flat surface offering travelers a 6-foot 3-inch bed;
- A privacy screen incorporating pull out meal table, fold-out video monitor, integrated footrest and personal stowage compartment for bags, shoes or blankets; and
- Immediate access to the aisle so customers don’t have to disturb another passenger when exiting their seat
Beginning in fall 2008, Delta will add a sleeper seat to the rest of its 777 fleet. In addition to lie-flat seating, customers choosing to fly Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite on international flights will enjoy enhancements like industry-leading digital entertainment on demand at every seat introduced this summer as part of Delta’s commitment to improving customers’ travel experience.
Customers flying in economy class on Delta’s newly reconfigured 767-400 and 777-200 aircraft will catch a glimpse of the future of Delta’s on-board entertainment with award-winning, on-demand entertainment at every seat as featured in the BusinessElite cabin and select long-haul domestic flights in the United States. On all Delta international flights, customers in economy class will enjoy Delta’s new all-leather seats, enhanced food offerings, a complimentary cocktail with each meal, and soon a complimentary amenity kit featuring eye shades and ear plugs for more personal comfort and privacy.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 291 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and destinations across Europe, India and Israel with flights to 29 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 400 weekly flights to 48 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 450 worldwide destinations in 92 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.