Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first of eight Boeing 777-200LRs, becoming the first US airline to operate the ultra-long-range twinjet.

The carrier will use the new aircraft to expand its international network, with New York Kennedy-Mumbai in line to be one of the early routes for the twinjet.

The -200LRs are understood to be configured with a 276 seat, two-class layout featuring 43 horizontal personal sleeper suites four abreast in business class, and 233 seats in economy, nine abreast.

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The airline placed its first order for the General Electric GE90-115B-powered 777-200LR in 2006, when it converted two existing orders for Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered 777-200ERs to the longer-range variant. It has since added six more -200LR orders. According to Flight's ACAS database, Delta has eight Trent-powered 777-200ERs in service.

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