Passengers who fly on Delta’s Airbus A319s will soon start seeing new interiors and technology (and more seats) as the airline carries out what it calls “a nose-to-tail modification” of the 57 A319s in its fleet.
The first of the overhauled 132-seat aircraft enters service this week, with more to come in the weeks and months ahead. The company will also put the new interiors into its 69 larger A320s, with work on all Delta’s Airbus narrow-bodies to be finished by the middle of 2017.
Here’s what the renovation will provide passengers:
- Nine-inch, high-def seatback screens for a new Panasonic in-flight entertainment system, offering “more content than any other domestic carrier,” Delta said.
- Pivoting overhead bins that are significantly larger than existing models — large enough to hold 60 percent more carry-on bags, the airline said.
- USB ports and 110v electric outlets for every seat.
- The Associated Press reports that the changes mean Delta is going to squeeze more seats into the planes-– It will add six more “slimline” seats on its A319s, and 10 more on its A320s.
The modified aircraft will also get new galleys and “an innovative, pod-like overhead passenger service unit,” the airline said. It added that the installation of the new entertainment systems in the A320s might take through 2018.
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