(SEATTLE, WA) -- Delta Air Lines has announced the delivery of the first of eight Boeing 777-200LR Longer Range jets, scheduled to enter its fleet by early 2009.
The aircraft will enter scheduled service March 8 flying between Atlanta and Los Angeles and will fly on March 9 from Atlanta to Tokyo.
"This 777-200LR marks an important milestone for Delta as our first new delivery from Boeing in six years, as well as another step forward in creating a truly global airline," said Edward Bastian, Delta president and chief financial officer. "This aircraft, along with seven more 777-200LRs we'll add over the next year, will allow us to connect customers nonstop to most any point across Asia, India and the Middle East from our hubs in Atlanta and New York."
Delta received the new aircraft during an event at Boeing Field in Seattle. In tribute to employees and to the original "Spirit of Delta" -- a Boeing 767-200 given to the airline in 1982 by employees, retirees and friends -- the new Boeing 777-200LR, Ship 7101, will be called "The Delta Spirit."
The new 777-200LR is the flagship aircraft for Delta's new global product, including fully horizontal personal sleeper suites in BusinessElite(r), next-generation, more comfortable seats in coach, and Delta's on-demand entertainment system on larger screens at every seat.
BusinessElite customers flying on the 777-200LR will enjoy new features, including:
-- Reclining seats that adjust to multiple comfortable positions, including a completely flat 6-foot 3-inch bed;
-- Privacy screens incorporating pull-out meal table, fold-out 10.6-inch personal video screen, integrated footrest and personal stowage compartment for bags, shoes or blankets;
-- Immediate access to the aisle so customers do not have to disturb another passenger when exiting their seat; and
-- USB ports offering charging ability for personal MP3 players.
Delta plans to offer sleeper suites with these amenities on its entire 777 fleet by 2010.