Since we last spoke, Delta TechOps has finished several modifications to the fleet including our 75E Large Lav Tank Mod. Ship 6803 was returned to service with her three aft lav tanks increased in size, to help our service during the extended trans-Atlantic flights. Inclusive of that mod, headrests were installed on all coach seating as well as Satellite communication (Sat Com) equipment. All our 75E’s are targeted to receive the LLT mod and headrests by June 1st. Our Sat Com equipment will be deployed on a subset of 8 aircraft to further fund Africa and South America flying.
Speaking of Sat Com, ship 1705 (76L) returned to service with Sat Com fully activated. Over the course of the next several months, Sat Com will be introduced to the remaining 1700-series aircraft.
Ship 7103, Delta’s newest Boeing 777LR delivered to Atlanta on Friday March 6th. She is currently in her prior to service mod and arrived with 45 flat bed Business Elite seats (vs. 43 on our previous two LR’s). Delta plans to retrofit ships 7101 and 7102 in the April/May time frame to add those additional two seats.
You’ll note in this picture, the 6-bunk crew rest for our Flight Attendants. These bunks are located in the crown of the aircraft to maximize main cabin space and provide quality rest accommodations. Delta will take delivery of 7104 and 7105 later on this month so look for all these aircraft to be deployed to Bombay and other markets shortly. More images at our Flickr account here.
On the Wi-Fi side, Delta has 15% of the domestic fleet accomplished. Currently 44 M88’s and 5 757’s are deployed with operational equipment.
Lastly, APB was awarded certification on its 767-300ER winglets and Delta plans to roll the aircraft out on or about the 22nd of March. Everyone is eagerly anticipating the arrival of ship 1610 to the fleet especially in the wake of the volatile fuel prices. Delta is on track to have (10) aircraft with winglets within the next 2 months.