Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Delta to upgrade its Seattle-Paris planes, add more flights from U.S.

Delta Airlines, which took over the Seattle-Paris (SEA-CDG) route from Air France in March, will be upgrading the planes it uses on that route by the end of October, a Delta spokesperson tells TheTravelPro.
Since taking over the route, the Atlanta-based carrier has been using older 767s that lacked many of the accoutrement that international passengers expect, especially on long-haul flights.
Delta spokesperson Anthony Black told me the airline is in the process of upgrading its entire international fleet, and Seattle travelers will be among the beneficiaries.
“All of our international aircraft are going to be upgraded to full-flat seats in the front of the aircraft,” Black said, noting that the Seattle-Paris route will be upgraded to the BusinessElite seats beginning Oct. 28.
The airline has also provided more space for those of us who usually ride in the back of the aircraft by going from a two-class international product to offering three classes.
“Last year, we added Economy Comfort™ seats, which added additional space between seats,” Black said.  According to Delta’s web site, Economy Comfort™ seats add about 50% more recline and 4” to the pitch, or the distance between seats. The result is pitch of between 34 and 36 inches, according to Black.
Economy Comfort™ is an upgrade from standard economy.
The main cabins have already been upgraded, Black said, using slim-line seats that provide “more room than standard international economy.”
Additional service between U.S. cities and Paris
Delta will be expanding the number of U.S.-Paris flights it operates starting in the summer of 2013. The airline will add new year-round and seasonal service to CDG from 10 U.S. markets including New York (JFK & EWR), Atlanta (ATL), Salt Lake City (SLC), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), Detroit (DTW), Cincinnati (CVG), Boston (BOS), Seattle (SEA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Pittsburgh (PIT).
In addition, Delta recently announced it will begin offering in-flight internet service on its long-haul international fleet in early 2013.
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