Delta's first retrofiited Boeing 777 enters service

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The Delta One business class.
The Delta One business class.

Delta on Monday unveiled its first retrofitted Boeing 777 on a flight from Detroit to Beijing. The airline intends to update all 18 of its 777s by the end of next year.

The retrofitted 777 features the all-suite Delta One business class as well as the Delta Premium Select cabin, which bridges the gap between the carrier's business class and coach products. Delta introduced Premium Select and the all-suite Delta One cabin last November when it put its first Airbus A350 into service. The carrier now has nine A350s in the air. 

The reconfigured Delta 777-200ER that took flight Monday has a total of 296 seats, including 28 Delta One suites and 48 Premium Select seats. The 220 coach seats are laid out nine across --bucking a trend in which carriers have increasingly gone to a 3-4-3 configuration in the coach class of Boeing 777s. Notably, American and United both fly at least some of their 777s with a 10-across configuration in the economy cabin.

Delta's Premium Select cabin on the retrofitted Boeing 777.
Delta's Premium Select cabin on the retrofitted Boeing 777.

The plane's 296 seats are five more than the 291 Delta would have previously offered on the aircraft, according seat charts on the website SeatGuru by TripAdvisor. 

Delta divided its Boeing 777 fleet between 10 777-200LR and eight 777-200ERs. The LR (long-range) variant can fly further than the EX (extended-range) option.

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