ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2008 – There’s nothing like stretching out in a full-flat bed, complete with comfy duvet and full-size pillow at 30,000 feet.  Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today in London unveiled a new full-flat seat that will become the standard in its BusinessElite® class onBoeing 767-400 full-flat bed international flights served with Boeing 767-400 aircraft beginning next spring. Eventually, all of Delta’s international Boeing 767 aircraft will feature a full-flat seat.

“We know our elite international business customers want the ultimate in high-flying comfort that only a true full-flat seat can give,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s senior vice president of In-Flight Service and Global Product Development.  “Combined with our industry-leading entertainment and gourmet cuisine, this new in-flight experience will prepare Delta’s customers for success in the world’s top business markets.”

Beginning next spring, the first Boeing 767-400 will sport 40 seats designed by James Thompson Solutions and engineered and manufactured by Contour Premium Aircraft Seating that recline to 77-inch-long beds in a one-two-one configuration giving every BusinessElite customer direct aisle access.  Additionally, the new experience will feature:

  • A full-size pillow, quilted duvet comforter, and new dinnerware;  duvet and pillow with amenity kit
  • Delta’s industry-leading on-demand digital entertainment with hours of music, videos, TV programming and games shown on a 10.6 inch screen;
  • PC power and USB port for charging small electronics;
  • Oversized consoles for every passenger, perfect for personal work space;
  • Personal reading light;
  • Shoe storage; and
  • Ergonomic lumbar support.

International customers flying in economy class on Delta’s 767-400 also will enjoy Delta on Demand digital entertainment, as well as printed menus, a free cocktail with their meal and mid-flight snack. Complimentary amenity kits include eye shades and ear plugs. 

In late February, Delta will become the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the Boeing 777 Long Range (LR). The new Delta aircraft will feature the Solar Elite Full Flat Suite manufactured by Contour Premium Aircraft Seating.  The 6-feet, 3-inch beds will begin flying on Delta’s ultra long-haul routes, like JFK to Mumbai, India, in April.  Additional 777LR aircraft will be delivered later this year. 

Delta outfits international B-757 fleet with new BusinessElite recliner seat
As Delta continues its unprecedented global expansion, it’s also reconfiguring its new fleet of international-capable Boeing 757 aircraft with a comfortable cradle recliner-style seat by Recaro Aircraft Seating Inc. for BusinessElite customers flying between JFK and destinations like Brussels, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, Manchester, and Paris-Orly.  Beginning this summer, the new 757 seat offers 55 inches of pitch, reclining 14 inches in a two-by-two configuration.  Additional features include:

  • Stylish all-leather design;
  • A full-size pillow and quilted duvet comforter, new china and service ware; 
  • PC power and USB port for charging small electronics;
  • Personal reading light;
  • Delta’s industry-leading on-demand digital entertainment with hours of music, videos, TV programming and games shown on a 7-inch video screen; and
  • Ergonomic lumbar control.

International Coach Class customers flying on the 757 will also enjoy Delta on Demand entertainment at every seat, as well as other in-flight amenities. 

Delta’s award-winning BusinessElite service treats customers to a five-course menu of gourmet culinary creations including an appetizer, soup or salad, and choice of four entrees, including a vegetarian selection.  One specialty entrée on each flight has been created by Delta Chef Michelle Bernstein, and all wines have been hand-picked by Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.  International premium cheeses or a fresh fruit plate follows the meal, and popular ice cream sundaes are also served after dinner.  In between meal offerings, customers also have access to a wide array of continuous snacking options on flights arriving into the U.S.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 314 destinations in 59 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 36 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 600 weekly flights to 65 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 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 479 worldwide destinations in 107 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at

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