Delta Wants to Make Your Domestic Flights More Comfortable
Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) announced Wednesday that it will add new seats and larger overhead bins to 225 of the planes it flies domestically, a project the airline said will take three years and cost $770 million.
The project will also put electric power outlets in every seat. Other updates include adjustable headrests, better bathrooms, and improved galleys, Delta said. Delta’s Boeing (NYSE:BA) 757-200s and 737-800s as well as planes in the Airbus 320 family will see their insides overhauled. Delta said the move is a part of a project to improve passenger comfort that began in 2010.
“We’re continuing to make smart long-term investments in our products and services to meet the expectations of our customers,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s chief revenue officer, in a statement. “In just six years, we will have made updated to interiors throughout Delta’s fleet giving customers improved comfort and more options to work or relax and be entertained.”
This seems to be a rare bit of good news for frequent fliers in a landscape in which the cost of flying continues to rise. Last month, U.S. airlines won a repeal of $380 million in fees they are forced to pay for aviation security each year.