Delta Air Lines became the first North American airline to induct the Airbus A330-900neo into revenue service as the first of 35 aircraft began operations for the Atlanta-based airline this week. The inaugural flight, DL589, was operated from Seattle to Shanghai, the first of three destinations from Seattle that will see the aircraft including Seoul and Tokyo.
“We’re transforming the airline customer experience on a global scale and this new aircraft is the latest example of our commitment to our international customers,” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President of International and EVP of Global Sales said in a press release. “This state-of-the-art aircraft will provide the latest amenities, entertainment and technology to our customers as they journey to destinations worldwide on Delta’s expanding global network.”
The A330-900neo will also play a large role as the carrier aims to expand its premium product out of its newest hub, Seattle. Premium offerings on the aircraft include 29 Delta One business class suites, 28 Delta Premium Select premium economy seats and 56 Delta Comfort+ seats in economy.
A new wireless in-flight entertainment system being will also be featured on the aircraft allowing passengers to access high-speed internet and free mobile messaging. The system is being developed by Delta Flight Products, a cabin interior start-up that is wholly-owned by Delta.
Every seat in the cabin will also feature memory foam cushions, in-seat power outlets, and Delta’s new bistro-style main cabin dining experience, which will debut fleet-wide this November.
Along with its fleet expansion in Seattle, Delta has also increased its operations in the city as well. In April, the carrier launched service to Osaka from Seattle and has received tentative approval for service to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Many leisure destinations will also be added to Seattle’s portfolio, including San Jose in June and destinations in Hawaii, Mexico and Florida.