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Delta unveils new first-class seat for domestic flights on the A321 neo

Delta unveils its first-class seat for domestic flights on the new Airbus A321neo – and they have memory foam cushions and triple the storage space

  • Delta says the seats will have “more privacy, more comfort and superior storage space.”
  • They will also have a ‘larger, sturdier tray table’ and customer-oriented food ports
  • The Atlanta-based airline will receive its first A321 neo later this year

Delta has unveiled the first-class seat that will be present on domestic flights aboard its new Airbus A321neo jets.

The American airline, which will receive the first A321 neo later this year, says the seats will have “more privacy, more comfort, larger screens and superior storage space.”

They are equipped with ‘improved memory foam cushions’ and have ‘three times more volume for storing personal items and devices’.

A representation of Delta's new first-class seat that will appear on A321neo domestic flights

A representation of Delta’s new first-class seat that will appear on A321neo domestic flights

Delta says the seats 'have more privacy, more comfort, larger screens and superior storage space'

Delta says the seats 'have more privacy, more comfort, larger screens and superior storage space'

Delta says the seats ‘have more privacy, more comfort, larger screens and superior storage space’

In addition, they will also have a “larger and more robust tray table” that Delta says will have 25 percent more workspace than the first-class seats on its current A321 aircraft.

Other features include a fixed headrest that “ensures more privacy and better sleep without sacrificing seating width or space.”

There will also be special storage for laptops and water bottles for all phases of the flight and customer-oriented food ports.

The Atlanta-based courier worked with Recaro in Germany and Factorydesign, based in London, to develop the chair using customer feedback and industry trends.

Delta says: “Designed to be experience-rich for customers, Delta’s new seat design will bring elements of the international travel experience that customers have enjoyed with wide-body aircraft to domestic routes that customers can enjoy at home.”

Mauricio Parise, director of product development at Delta, said: “As a market leader in innovation, we are always looking for new ways to improve the overall customer experience.

“Customer insights were essential to the new design and we listened to customers for hundreds of hours so that we could respond with thoughtful improvements.

“We have fully adapted every function on the chair to create a truly unique, premium seating product for domestic first class.”

In addition to the latest seat design, the new A321neo from Delta will also feature a ‘next-generation, wireless in-flight entertainment system’ made by the airline’s own start-up, Delta Flight Products.

Delta will receive its first A321neo later this year. It has a fixed order with Airbus for 100 off the plane, with an option to take 100 more

Delta will receive its first A321neo later this year. It has a fixed order with Airbus for 100 off the plane, with an option to take 100 more

Delta will receive its first A321neo later this year. It has a fixed order with Airbus for 100 off the plane, with an option to take 100 more

Each seat has an extra large high definition backrest screen, which the airline says it “offers personalized entertainment experiences that customers are used to seeing at home or on a mobile device.” Delta has not yet revealed how large these screens will be.

Delta has a fixed order with Airbus for 100 A321neo aircraft with an option to take another 100.

They are powered by Pratt & Whitney turbo fan engines and have ‘advanced safety, efficiency and comfort’.

The aircraft have a total of 194 seats – 20 in first class, 42 in Delta Comfort + and 132 in the main cabin.

The cabin will also feature expansive 25 percent larger bookcase-like wall units and full spectrum LED cabin lighting.

Delta expects to receive the first A321neo in the fourth quarter of 2020 with new aircraft arriving until 2023.

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