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Delta expanding first class cabins

Photo courtesy Delta Air Lines

ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines is expanding the first class cabins on about 350 of its aircraft – or roughly 60 percent of its “mainline domestic fleet.”

The airline is expanding cabins on its domestic fleet of MD-88, MD-90, Boeing 757-200 and Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The expanded cabins are expected to be online by summer 2013; in total, Delta is adding more than 1,200 first class seats.

“Delta already offers more First Class seats than any other U.S. airline,” Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president – Network Planning, Revenue Management and Marketing, said in a news release. “This investment in our fleet bolsters our position as the industry leader in First Class seating, and is a significant advantage for our business customers.

“It is part of a much larger investment – more than $2 billion – that we’re making in our fleet, airports and product through 2013 to position Delta as a leader in customer service,” Hauenstein added.

Delta previously added first class cabins to aircraft with 60 or more seats in its regional fleet.

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