Posted on: 30 July 2015 by Mark Howells
The first of Delta’s 57 Airbus A319s has received a nose-to-tail interior modification, including the introduction of an in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution from Panasonic Avionics at every seat, equipped with what the carrier claims is more content than any other domestic carrier.
The development is part of a series of upgrades coming to Delta’s domestic narrow-body fleet. All 126 of its A320 and A319 aircraft are scheduled to be retrofitted with the new interior by summer 2017.
The larger of the two jets, the A320, will also be equipped with Panasonic Avionics’ IFE at a later date, throughout 2018. The IFE across all aircraft will be displayed on 9 inch high definition seat-back screens, with each seat also benefitting from 110v and USB power for passengers to charge their personal electronic devices in-flight.
Other A320 modifications include large pivoting overhead bins capable of accommodating 60% more carry-on bags, new galleys and a pod-like overhead passenger service unit designed by Zodiac Aerospace (pictured).
Finally, many of Delta’s Boeing 757 jets are receiving interior enhancements as part of the airline’s US$770 million investment in the domestic fleet to provide a more consistent passenger experience.
The airline is the first in the world to receive the interior modifications on both Airbus A319 and Airbus A320 fleets.