Delta Air Lines Regards Haneda Basically for â€œTraffic Demand from Metropolitan Areaâ€ – B747 to Receive New Interiors with New Flat-Bed Seats
Asked to comment on the Tokyoâ€™s Haneda route at a press briefing held on September 2, Edward Bastian, President at Delta Air Lines (DL) said, â€œAt this moment, we see the Haneda route as a route to accommodate customers primarily living in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.â€
Delta Air Lines is scheduled to start new services from Tokyoâ€™s Haneda Airport to Detroit and Los Angeles from the end of January, 2011. For Delta, Narita International Airport definitely remains positioned as the hub airport in connection with its Asia strategy. The airlineâ€™s seat capacity will, therefore, remain unchanged, the President added. Joining forces with its SkyTeam alliance partners including Korean Air (KE), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ) and Vietnam Airlines (VN), Delta Air Lines stated once again that it aims to attract beyond traffic demand at the airlineâ€™s Tokyoâ€™s Narita hub.
Presently, no Japanese carriers are members of SkyTeam, which makes it difficult for Delta Air Lines to capture traffic bound for North America via Haneda Airport from regional cities within Japan. The airline said, however, that it intends to negotiate with Japanese carriers operating to Haneda who can be possibly its partner airline.
B747-400 to Introduce New Interiors – Flat-Bed Seats in Business Class and In-Seat Entertainment System in Economy Class
Delta Air Lines plans for the renewal of its fleet of Boeing B747-400 aircraft which is primarily operated on the Tokyoâ€™s Narita route within approximately one year starting from summer 2011. Delta will equip each of its 16 Boeing B747-400s with fully horizontal flat-bed seats in the Business class cabin and new Economy class seats with personal on-demand audio-video monitor. Its new Economy class seats will also feature wider seat-pitch and more under-seat storage.
The renewal plan is part of Deltaâ€™s ongoing equipment investment worth more than 1 billion US dollars in total. President Bastian emphasized that Delta Air Lines anticipates positioning itself as a leader among the US carriers not only in terms of the number of flights operated and destinations served, but also in terms of in-flight service.
Source: Travel Vision
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