Delta unveils its first class seat for domestic flights on the new Airbus A321neo – and they have memory foam cushions and triple the storage space
- Delta says the seats will have ‘more privacy, more comfort and superior stowage’
- They will also have a ‘larger, sturdier tray table’ and customer-facing power ports
- The Atlanta-based airline will take delivery of its first A321neo later this year
Delta has unveiled the first-class seat that will feature on domestic flights on board its new Airbus A321neo jets.
The US airline, which is due to take delivery of its first A321neo later this year, says the seats will have ‘more privacy, more comfort, larger screens and superior stowage’.
They will be fitted with ‘enhanced memory-foam cushions’ and have ‘three times more volume for storing personal items and devices’.
A rendering of Delta’s new first-class seat that will feature on A321neo domestic flights
Delta says the seats will have ‘more privacy, more comfort, larger screens and superior stowage’
In addition, they will also have a ‘larger and sturdier tray table’ that Delta says will have 25 per cent more workspace than the first-class seats on its current A321 aircraft.
Other features include a fixed headrest that ‘allows for increased privacy and better sleep without compromising on seat width or space’.
There will also be dedicated laptop and water bottle stowage for all phases of flight and customer-facing power ports.
The Atlanta-based carrier partnered with German firm Recaro and London-based Factorydesign to develop the seat using customer feedback and industry trends.
Delta says: ‘Designed to be experience-rich for customers, Delta’s new seat design will bring elements of the international travel experience that customers have enjoyed on wide-body aircraft to domestic routes for customers to enjoy at home.’
Mauricio Parise, managing director of product development at Delta, said: ‘As an industry leader in innovation, we are always looking for new ways to improve the overall customer experience.
‘Customer insights were instrumental to the new design, and we spent hundreds of hours listening to customers so that we could respond with thoughtful improvements.
‘We’ve completely customised every feature on the seat to create a truly unique, premium seating product for domestic first class.’
In addition to its latest seat design, Delta’s new A321neo will also feature a ‘next-generation, wireless in-flight entertainment system’ created by the airline’s in-house start-up, Delta Flight Products.
Delta is due to take delivery of its first A321neo later this year. It has a firm order with Airbus for 100 of the aircraft, with an option to take 100 more
Every seat will feature an oversized high-definition seat-back screen, which the airline says will offer ‘personalized entertainment experiences that customers are accustomed to seeing at home or on a mobile device’. Delta has not yet revealed how big these screens will be.
Delta has a firm order with Airbus for 100 A321neo aircraft with an option of taking 100 more.
They will be powered by Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines and will feature ‘cutting-edge safety, efficiency and comfort’.
The planes will have a total of 194 seats – 20 in first class, 42 in Delta Comfort+ and 132 in the main cabin.
The cabin will also feature expansive 25-per-cent-larger bookshelf-style overhead bins and full spectrum LED cabin lighting.
Delta expects to take delivery of its first A321neo in the fourth quarter of 2020 with new aircraft arriving through to 2023.