Modified Delta 767 Cabins On Schedule

Delta Air Lines is slightly behind schedule on delivering its newly modified Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, but it says that the first aircraft in this, “the mother of all modifications,” underwent flight tests last week.

The airline needs to do some more work on plumbing and laying up laminates, but it expects the first delivery of the new cabin by Aug. 1. The whole program upgrade, however, is on schedule for its 2013 deadline.

The airline is matching the 767-300ERs to the 767-400ERs. The project entails installing flat-bed seats in the new first-class equivalent of Business Elite, personal inflight entertainment throughout the cabin and adding Economy Comfort, a bridge between Business Elite and regular economy. Chris Babb, product manager of customer experience, says that joint-venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia played a role in developing Delta’s economy comfort class.

“Since we announced the joint venture with our partners Air France and subsequently KLM and Alitalia, we had quarterly meetings that rotate around the different hub cities of those airlines,” says Babb.

“And actually one of the reasons that we launched economy comfort was because of our conversations with KLM, who really heavily influenced our decision to roll out this product,” he says.


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