Delta Upgrading 777 Aircraft, First Renovated Passenger Jet Flies From Detroit to Beijing

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Delta has completed the first renovation of its international 777 aircraft, with the updated 777-200ER taking flight Monday non-stop from Detroit to Beijing.

Interior upgrades to 296 seats were completed – 28 in Delta One suites, 48 seats in the Delta Premium Select cabin, and 220 seats in the main cabin (nine seats across).

Delta’s first refreshed 777 will operate the Detroit and Beijing route on alternating days for the month of July only, filling in for the A350.

All eight of Delta’s 777-200ER and all 10 of its 777-200LR aircraft will be retrofitted by the end of 2019.

“The comfort of our customers — across all cabins —  is a top priority,” says Savannah Huddleston of Delta’s corporate communications. “That’s why we’ve committed to remain at nine-abreast seating as we modify our 777s, versus the new norm of 10 (seats) across. With nine-abreast, we’re able to offer wider main-cabin seats — the widest of our international fleet —  and more preferable seat options.”

The Delta One suite offers each customer a private space accessed by a sliding door. The suite includes personal stowage areas and premium trim and finishes.

The Delta Premium Select cabin provides additional space with adjustable head and foot rests, as well as elevated service.

The main cabin seats are 18.5 inches wide, which are the widest of Delta’s international fleet. Each customer will also have personal power ports.

Seats in each section include complimentary entertainment on seatback screens.

The aircraft is equipped with Gogo Ku Wi-Fi, and customers will have access to free mobile messaging onboard through iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

The upgrade is part of Delta’s multi-billion-dollar investment in customer experience. In the past several years, the airline has offered free main cabin meals on select coast-to-coast route, free mobile messaging, free in-flight entertainment, upgraded main cabin snacks, the addition of sparkling wine, access to Wi-Fi on nearly all flights, enhanced blankets, and new food-for-purchase options.

Upgrades to the Delta One in-flight experience include new chef-designed menus, as well as new amenity kits and service wear.

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