Delta to expand first class cabins on 60 percent of its planes

Delta to expand first class cabins on 60 percent of its planes

In a new press release, Delta Airlines revealed that it will be increasing the number of first class seats on more than 60 percent of the aircraft in its fleet.

According to the source, Delta will add approximately 1,200 first class seats to 350 of its jets by summer 2013. Planes receiving the upgrades will include McDonnell Douglas MD-88s and MD-90s as well as Boeing 757-200s and 767-300s.

The carrier claims that the initiative to expand its first class cabins grows out of high demand for premium seating from business travelers.

"Delta already offers more first class seats than any other U.S. airline. 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," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's executive vice president for network planning, revenue management and marketing.

He added, "It is part of a much larger investment - more than $2 billion - that we're making in our fleet, airport and product through 2013 to position Delta as a leader in customer service."

By Mary D'Angelo

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