Only a day after JetBlue announced their new premium trans-continental product launch including mini-suites, Delta have announced their new premium trans-continental US service onboard their 757 fleet. All in all, they have pulled out the big guns, and with American yet to reveal their new cabin product, the gloves, most certainly are off. Way to go Delta! Expect to see these new cabins onboard from Spring 2014, the same launch time roughly as JetBlue. Let’s break down what they have to offer, our big surprise is the sheer wealth of IFE they are offering.
There will be 16 seats in a 2 x 2 configuration which are staggered and slightly angled toward the windows to optimise privacy and personal space, The seat width is a couple of inches wider than a normal economy seat, with seat width is 20.2” which can be increased to 22.2” with the armrest stowed. But most impressively, Delta is boasting a 180º fully flat bed (average bed length of 6’4”) that can be adjusted using electronic seat controls with adjustable lumbar support
All seats will feature 110v AC in-seat power + USB power and to help you read and work, an adjustable personal LED reading light. We like these seats, they don’t have the gimmick appeal of the JetBlue mini suites, but the seats look more spacious, and the subtle angling towards the windows still provide a similar privacy, although the step over from those sat at the window is still quite narrow, something almost unavoidable on narrow body planes.
44 “Slim-line” seats provides more personal space with 35” pitch & and up to 50% more recline in a 3 x 3 layout, and 4 way adjustable headrests will help cradle you to sleep on the red-eyes. Again, 110v AC in-seat power + USB power are available at all seats, meaning you iPad will never run out of juice.
A fairly light load of 108 “slim-line” seats at a minimum of 31” pitch and 4” recline in 3 x 3 layout with the same comfort as their premium ‘Economy comfort seats’, but without the legroom. But even economy passengers will be able to enjoy a wealth of inflight entertainment. 16” Elite Integrated Smart Monitors in BusinessElite; 9” Eco 9i Integrated Smart Monitors in Economy Comfort & Economy will show 18 channels of live satellite TV, a mind boggling 350 films (that’s perhaps the biggest library we know of in the sky) 130 hours of stored TV and a further 95 hours of premium programming from HBO & Showtime, 5,000 digital songs, 27 games and a Moving map. At our calculations that’s over 185 flights you would have to take to watch everything on their IFE excluding the live channels.
Full-spectrum LED cabin mood lighting system and Onboard Wi-Fi (should you find you have watched everything that Delta have to offer – hardly likely!) New lavatories throughout the aircraft featuring LED lighting and a first for an airline, touch-less flush. Updated carpet colour – a darker, richer shade of blue, even designer elements coming on board such as new bulkhead “Sky Diamond” laminates reminiscent of the Sky Club back wall.