For all of you airline aficionados out there, below is the complete Delta fleet in new livery. Click to enlarge.
Sr. Product Manager
Whether you live in Boston, New York or Washington, chances are you’ve flown on The Delta Shuttle. If you’ve flown recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed a few changes including a conversion to two-class aircraft and the introduction of the Embraer E-175 on all services between NY- LaGuardia and Washington – Reagan. As much as those things have changed, one key element of the shuttle experience has not… easy to remember and very convenient hourly departures.
And if you’re starting or ending your Shuttle journey in New York, you can enjoy the uncrowded, uncomplicated Marine Air Terminal where all Boston and Washington shuttle flights arrive and depart from.
If you’ve traveled with us on The Shuttle, how’d we do? Why do you “Shuttle”? What is it about the Shuttle that’s valuable to you? Convenient schedules? The convenient location of our shuttle gates? Services offered? PowerStop at LaGuardia? The ability to buy your Shuttle ticket at one of our ticketing kiosks? What should we consider to make it better or faster for you?
Manager – Ground and Shuttle Customer Experience
Well its been a little while since our last update. So I’ll start off with some quick facts:
All three of the remaining 76D Flat Bed Mods are in work. Ships 1804,1805, 1807, and 1809 are all currently flying active routes to/from LHR.
We finished up our 777ER +3 Y/C mod at the end of June to bring up the Y/C capacity to 221 pax.
The Soft Goods upgrade to our red-tail fleet is well on track with 30 A/C completed and 52 more A/C with partials. When the summer schedule ramps down, we’ll begin a greater push to have the entire fleet modified quicker.
Lastly, paint-wise, as of July 16, Delta had 262 aircraft painted in the new livery. Broken down to 171 pre-merger DL aircraft and 91 pre-merger NW aircraft.
Hello from HKG. Weather here is hot and humid but Ships 1807 and 1809 are in full swing on the Lie Flat mod. It’s been some time since our last update so we have some catching up to do.
All 10 wingletted 767-300ERs are flying – seven of which are our 76T aircraft (12+ Hour flights with Main Deck crew rests). We’ll begin production on additional aircraft in the spring when our heavy maintenance line picks back up.
Delta now has 143 aircraft outfitted with winglets, 95 of which are the APB Blended winglet type. (This includes pre-merger NW aircraft).
On the 777-side, DL now has an homogenized fleet of 777-200LR aircraft as ships 7101 and 7102 were modified to add two incremental BusinessElite seats bringing the passenger count to 45 up front.
Additionally, we have begun modification of our 777-200ER fleet to add three Economy seats by door 3. Currently three of these aircraft are flying (Ships 7003, 7007, 7008).
Our 767-400ER modification is progressing. Pictured are two of our aircraft (1807 and 1809) stationed in Hong Kong at the HAECO facility being modified. A third aircraft is being modified in Atlanta (1805). I want to give a big prop to both Delta Base Maintenance teams and HAECO maintenance for an excellent job in support of these mods.
Lastly, all (8) pre-merger DL 757-200 ETOPS (75E) aircraft scheduled for the SATCOM install are now equipped and in-service.
There has been a lot of activity over these past few weeks in mod (ification) land at Delta so we’ll jump right into it…
Ship 7008 (B777-200ER) received 2 STC’s (Supplemental Type Certificates) over the weekend including one that added (3) Economy Class seats to the aircraft. This ship is now configured for 50 BusinessElite and 221 Economy Class seats for a 271 total passenger count. This aircraft also received the cell modem installation to support Panasonic data transaction from the in-flight entertainment system. The remaining a/c in the 777-200ER fleet are slated to be converted over the next several weeks.
Ship 7107 (777-200LR) successfully delivered and entered the fleet at the beginning of the month. There is (1) 777LR delivery remaining. 7108 is slated to deliver around June 6th, and enter into the fleet a week later.
Ship 3101 (737-700) enters the paint shop tomorrow to be renumbered to 3601. The other 737-700 (3100 series) aircraft will get converted within the next weeks.
Ship 1804 (767-400ER) is parked, painted, and ready to fly. We are hoping for an end of the week launch as we await some final elements of the certification to wrap up with the various FAA offices. This will be Delta’s first 767 with a full-flat seat in BusinessElite.
Last week saw (3) 767-300 Domestic (76Q) aircraft retire from the fleet and park in the desert. Ships 121, 124, and 131 all left within a day of each other. This reduces our Q fleet to 11.
On the winglet side of the house, we have (7) 767-300ERs completed and flying. Ship 1613, 191, and 185 should all be completed in the next 2 weeks to round out the 10 aircraft we are scheduled to complete by the summer season.
Wi-Fi installs continue at a rapid pace and we’ve completed about half of the pre-merger Delta mainline domestic fleet. All in-service ME88’s now have Wi-Fi. The MD90 program is under way and we expect all MD90’s to have Wi-Fi by the 18th of May. Ship 3742 is in work for the 737-800 Wi-Fi mod with only the flight test portion of the certification left to complete. Lastly, the 757-200 fleet is up to 16 aircraft and more continue to produce each week. Check out Chris B.’s blog posts in the Wi-Fi section for more info.
Cabin Soft Goods is in full swing. We have 17% (42 A/C) of the pre-merger NW fleet converted with (11) A320’s and (10) 747-400’s leading the way.
Paint-wise, (58) mainline aircraft (23%) have the new Delta Livery. At least one of every fleet type sans the A332 has an aircraft painted. The regional side has (10) aircraft or 4% painted in the new colors.
Other aircraft mods in work include the Large Lav Tank modification, 13 of 17 757-200 ETOPS aircraft are currently outfitted with the increased lav tank size. This mod also includes adding head rests to all Economy seats.
Lastly, the fully ACARS integrated satellite communications solution is under way on the 757-200 ETOPS fleet. 6802 and 6803 both have sat com and 6801 and 6807 are in work.