ATLANTA, June 6, 2008 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) this summer will offer customers hundreds of hours of movies, HBO, TV programming, music and video games through the world-class Delta on Demand available on more than 70,000 seats daily. The airline’s maintenance division, Delta TechOps, has completed installation of the digital entertainment system on nearly 140 aircraft since 2006.
“Delta considers high-quality in-flight entertainment a key component of our customers’ travel experience and what differentiates us in this highly competitive marketplace,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s senior vice president of In-Flight Service and Global Product. “We’ve continued to invest in onboard technology, and we’re proud to be the only U.S. airline offering both our domestic and international customers, traveling in premium and economy class cabins, the ability to enjoy state-of-the-art entertainment on demand.”
In August 2006, Delta began installing Panasonic’s digital X-Series IFE platform on its 767-300ER fleet in the BusinessElite® cabin. In December 2006, the airline expanded the installation of Delta on Demand to all cabins on 45 Boeing 777 and 767 aircraft. Delta on Demand is also available on 59 of Delta’s Boeing 757 and 28 Boeing 737 aircraft. By the end of 2008, more than 45 percent of Delta’s fleet will feature Delta on Demand. Through 2009, Delta will add audio/video on demand (AVOD) in all cabins on another seven 767-400ERs and take delivery of 10 new 737-700s and six new 777-200LRs with factory-equipped AVOD.
“The people of Delta TechOps have once again delivered spectacular results, accomplishing an incredible number of modifications to Delta aircraft over the last 18 months,” said Tony Charaf, president of Delta TechOps. “This modification work - a niche market Delta TechOps has identified as a key growth area - is an important part of our nose-to-tail expertise, helping to further cement our leadership position in the MRO industry.”
Each day, more than 70,000 seats offer customers Delta on Demand featuring:
- An advanced touch screen, digital entertainment system on personal, 7-inch screens displaying up to 25 new and classic films, 60 hours of HBO on Demand, more than 3,500 songs across 14 music categories, a suite of 12 video games and a real-time moving map that follows the aircraft’s flight path;
- 18 channels of live satellite television on select Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft flying domestic routes, and up to 25 hours of on-demand television on Delta's Boeing 757, 767 and 777 fleet flying on transoceanic routes; and
- Larger 9-inch screens in Economy Class and 10.6-inch screens in BusinessElite, Delta’s premium international class offering, on 777-200LR ultra-long range aircraft offering 100 hours of HBO, more than 150 TV and short subject programs, more than 4,000 songs, 40 music videos, and 200 movie choices, including: New Releases, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Asian Cinema, Bollywood, European Cinema, Hollywood Classics, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Independent, Documentary, Music & Performing Arts, Animation and Disney.
Other modifications Delta has made to its fleet include refurbishing 35,261 seats in Delta’s all-leather comfortable seating and adding winglets to 47 aircraft for better operational efficiency. The airline has also introduced 11 757-200 international aircraft and nearly 30 737-800 aircraft with winglets and Delta on Demand.
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 324 destinations in 62 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 43 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 600 weekly flights to 62 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 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 474 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.