Delta nears completion of widebody fleet interior updates

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Delta Air Lines placed its first reconfigured Airbus A330 with flat-bed business class seats into international service today.

The A330 is the last type in Atlanta-based Delta's fleet to receive the new flat-bed seats as well as slim line seats in economy, according to the airline. The first flight marks the three-fifths point in the carrier's programme to upgrade its entire international widebody fleet with the new interiors, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Delta says that 16 Boeing 747-400s, 35 Boeing 767-300ERs, 21 767-400ERs and 18 Boeing 777-200s have been retrofitted. Aircraft awaiting the upgrades include 23 767-300ERs and 31 A330s.

The carrier announced the $1 billion investment programme in January 2010 with an initial completion date of mid-2013.

Zodiac Aerospace manufactures the business class seats and B/E Aerospace the economy seats.

Delta has 11 A330-200s and 21 A330-300s in its fleet, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.