In order to reconfigure its aircraft to accommodate more seats and passengers who carry on more luggage, Delta Airlines has announced that it will be installing new seats as well as larger overhead compartments on 225 planes within its fleet. The new seating will allow almost 20 more passengers on board Delta’s Boeing 757-200 models, with six additional seats on its Airbus A319s and A320 aircraft getting an additional 10 seats. The new seats will provide passengers with electrical outlets for a variety of electronic gadgets.
“We’re continuing to make smart long-term investments in our products and services to meet the expectations of our customers,” said Delta Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President Glen Hauenstein in a statement. “In just six years, we will have made updates to interiors throughout Delta’s fleet giving customers improved comfort and more options to work or relax and be entertained.”
The type of seats selected by Delta are characterized as “slim-line” seating, which take up less room on the plane because they feature a frame that is smaller and lighter in weight. Delta officials report that leg room would be comparable to what passengers are currently experiencing on its flights, adding that the seating width planned for Airbus models would be slightly wider. Cost of the new seating installation is expected to be around $770 million. The project will begin in early 2014 and is expected to be completed within 36 months. Delta also announced plans to reconfigure the kitchen galley space on its 757 aircraft in order to streamline foodservice operations on aboard.
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