Jul 14, 2017: Delta Air Lines became the first airline in North America to operate the Airbus A350, continuing its constant effort to transform the travel experience and deliver ground-breaking products and services for customers.
The 306-seat A350-900 redefines the international onboard experience with the award-winning Delta One suite and Delta Premium Select cabin. It’s also the first long-haul aircraft to feature next generation 2Ku internet connectivity, and will fly mainly on routes across the Pacific, initially to Tokyo-Narita, Seoul and Beijing.
“The Airbus A350 sets a new standard of flying experience for our customers, representing years of product innovation as Delta continues to transform into a leading global carrier,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “Our new flagship A350 fits well in Delta’s long-haul network, combining an exceptional customer experience with strong operating economics and fuel-efficiency as we retire older, less-efficient aircraft.”
The 32 redesigned Delta One suites will provide customers a private, individual experience, with a full-height door at every suite for superior privacy and comfort. Every suite provides a full flat-bed seat with direct aisle access as well as more personal stowage and large in-flight entertainment screens.
In the all-new Delta Premium Select cabin, customers will enjoy more personal space with up to 38 inches of pitch, up to 19 inches of width and up to seven inches of recline along with an adjustable leg rest and headrest. Throughout the aircraft, customers will find free seatback in-flight entertainment on high definition screens, in-seat power ports at every row, high capacity overhead bins, and next generation 2Ku internet connectivity.
Customers flying on the A350 will also benefit from larger windows and optimised cabin pressure, temperature and humidity to feel more rejuvenated after a long haul flight.
These improvements are part of the airline’s multi-billion dollar investment in the customer experience that includes a cabin modernization programme featuring new seats, seatback entertainment systems with free entertainment, high-capacity overhead bins, access to Wi-Fi on nearly all flights, free Main Cabin meals on select flights, upgraded free Main Cabin snacks, chef-curated meals in Delta One, a seasonal wine programme, an Alessi-designed collection of serviceware in Delta One and First Class, and more.
The long-range Airbus A350 will continue Delta's optimisation of its Pacific network, operating mostly on long-range routes between the U.S. and Asia. With a lightweight airframe, and fuel-efficient Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, the jets are expected to produce a 20 percent enhancement in operating cost per seat compared to the Boeing 747-400 aircraft they will replace.
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