Delta Air Lines debuts the first Boeing 777-200 with its new premium products today, as it begins to install the onboard products on its existing widebody fleet.
The Atlanta-based carrier is configuring the 777-200 with 296 seats, including 28 lie-flat business class suites, 48 premium economy and 220 economy.
The new Delta One suites and Premium Select seats on the 777-200
Delta succeeded in increasing the density of its 777-200s by five seats by shrinking its business class cabin from 37 seats but at the same time maintaining a passenger-preferred nine-abreast configuration in the economy cabin.
American Airlines and United Airlines have both opted to increase the density of their economy cabins on the 777-200 by going to 10-abreast seating. American configures its aircraft with 273 seats and United its aircraft with 276 seats, however, both offer larger business class cabins than Delta.
Delta's first 777 with the new premium products (registration N863DA) will operate between Detroit and Beijing on alternating days through July. It is scheduled to operate flight 189 today.
Delta operates 18 777-200s and plans to reconfigure all of them in the new 296-seat configuration by the end of 2019, it says.
The airline has not said what aircraft will receive the new business class suites and premium economy class after the 777. Both products debuted on the Airbus A350-900 in 2017.
In addition to the 11 A350s and 18 777s, Delta's widebody fleet consists of 42 Airbus A330s and 79 Boeing 767s, Flight Fleets Analyzer shows. It has firm orders for 25 A330-900neos and 14 A350-900s.