All Delta 777 and 767-400 Planes to Be Retrofitted With “Flagship” Interiors

Dec 20, 2018

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The Delta One Suites that won us over on board the raccoon-eyed Airbus A350 (and a couple of refurbished Boeing 777s) will likely be making an appearance on the airline’s full fleet of 777 and 767-400 aircraft.

Delta has confirmed that its fleet of 767-400 aircraft will undergo “mid-life interior modernizations beginning in 2019.” They’ll join the rest of Delta’s 777-200ER/LR fleet, which are slated for refurbishments in Singapore. The updates will “bring them up to flagship standards through the design, integration and production of thousands of parts, and configuring the aircraft with new lavatories, IFE and lighting systems.”

Delta One Suite onboard an Airbus A350
Delta One Suite on board an Airbus A350.

Flagship standards is the key phrase, suggesting that Delta One Suites will be installed in the forward cabin, with Premium Select — Delta’s spin on premium economy — behind. It’s unclear whether these refurbishments will include Comfort+ in addition to Main Cabin, but we’ll update this article if we hear more. The only four-cabin Delta plane that matches that layout so far is the impending Airbus A330-900neo, slated for initial delivery in 2019.

Delta’s new wireless IFE system in first class onboard an Airbus A220.

Additionally, the carrier’s Boeing 767-400 fleet will be blessed with its new wireless IFE system powered by Gogo Vision Touch. The system will save weight and space, but will also support faster updates as consumer tastes change and innovations are launched in the software space.

Delta’s new wireless IFE system, as seen on board an Airbus A220.

These units were installed on the Airbus A220 that I toured in Atlanta a few weeks back, which you can experience yourself once the A220 begins passenger service on Jan. 31, 2019.

Delta One Suite onboard an Airbus A350
Delta One Suite on board an Airbus A350.

What’s unique about this set of refreshes is the company in charge. Rather than farming it all out, much of it will be handled in-house by Delta Flight Products. DFP is a “wholly owned startup” that began with 10 employees in 2016 and has evolved into a 230+ team today. Rick Salanitri, president at Delta Flight Products, admits that the airline “identified a huge opportunity to save time and manage risk by supplying a seamless, integrated solution for Delta’s most complex cabin upgrade programs.”

Delta A350 Suite

Delta Flight Products’ production shops were built to fabricate structural aircraft parts requiring milling, turning, cutting and forming on computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines. Interior components like closets and cabin wall dividers are fabricated using DFP-engineered composite honeycomb sandwich constructed panels, resulting in optimized component design, lower weight and reduced fuel emissions. The team also works closely with suppliers of products it doesn’t fabricate, like seats, to “ensure modification programs are efficient and well-coordinated.”

“We can now design, manufacture, produce, refine and FAA-certify Delta interiors,” Salanitri said, “which means Delta can control its own destiny.”

A Boeing 777-200 sits in a Delta hangar at ATL (Photo by Darren Murph / The Points Guy)
A Boeing 777-200 sits in a Delta hangar at ATL.

Expect a lot of other bells and whistles to emerge from DPF, too. One such item is an overhead bin lift assist mechanism that’s being installed across Boeing 777 aircraft. Delta Flight Products engineers partnered with Delta’s In-Flight Service, TechOps and Corporate Safety teams to customize and fit a proprietary mechanism to Delta’s 777 overhead bin system to reduce the lift force required to close the bin. To anyone who has ever attempted to close a fully stuffed 777 overhead bin, this is splendid news.

Delta Premium Select on an Airbus A350-900
Delta Premium Select on an Airbus A350-900.

Delta won’t publicly commit to the timing of these retrofits beyond a vague “2019,” but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Meanwhile, settle into our guides and reviews below for an idea of what’s to come.


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