Delta rolls out lie-flat seats

Delta Air Lines invites international customers to stretch out and lie flat, as the first U.S. airline to announce fully-horizontal BusinessElite seat personal sleeper suites in BusinessElite. Delta will introduce seats by Contour Premium Aircraft Seating in early 2008, when the airline takes delivery of two new Boeing 777 Long Range (LR) aircraft. The sleeper suites will also feature Delta’s industry-leading entertainment system offering on-demand, digital video and music at every suite.

“As we continue to grow to ultra long-haul destinations across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, BusinessElite seat, extended we want to give our valued business class customers the utmost in comfort and entertainment,” said Jim Whitehurst, Delta’s chief operating officer. “The experience we’re creating for premium international travelers will offer an unmatched combination of privacy and comfort with the option to lie completely flat, unlike some competitors who offer an angled lie flat product.” 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

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Beginning in fall 2008, Delta will add a sleeper seat to the rest of its 777 fleet. The airline also expects to offer a lie-flat option on its 767 aircraft. These modifications are expected to be complete by 2010.

By June 2007, 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. The changes include more comfortable seats with all-leather coverings, improved leg rests, more durable and comfortable cushioning throughout the seat, and the same 60 inches of legroom that has made BusinessElite a customer favorite. Additionally, BusinessElite customers will enjoy new innovative food offerings designed by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein, award-winning, original wines, and industry-leading, on-demand personal in-seat entertainment boasting more than 20 first-run and popular classic movies, a variety of TV programs, a broad range of music, and a suite of 12 video games.

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.
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