Delta’s New A321neo First Class Seat: Everything You Need To Know

Delta Air Lines is expecting to receive its first Airbus A321neo aircraft in the next few months. The jets will be powered by Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines. The airline has also placed an importance on the extra comfort that the plane will offer.

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Delta and Airbus agreed a deal for 100 firm and 100 optional orders for A321neo aircraft. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Strong backing

Paxex.Aero reports that Delta consulted Factory Design and Recaro to work together to create its new first class seats.

Factory Design is a London-based creative design agency. It has expertise in passenger experiences and cabin interiors.

Meanwhile, Recaro prides itself on producing aircraft seats that are built as lightweight as possible while making use of the limited space in an aircraft. This approach helps to reduce fuel consumption and lower emissions.

One of the key factors that the duo took into consideration was customer feedback. Therefore, great care has been taken to ensure that passenger demands have been kept in mind.

Delta’s New A321neo First Class Seat: Everything You Need To Know
Delta A321neo New First Class Seat. Photo: Factory Design and Recaro

Classy touches

The firms have placed an emphasis on increased privacy without reducing the width of the seat. Additionally, a larger tray table is expected to be delivered. This will offer 25 percent more workspace. They have also considered memory foam cushioning to add a cozy feel to the seat.

There are also further useful additions expected on the seats of Delta’s A321neos. According to renders shared in the report, a power port that faces passengers can be seen in the magazine pocket of the seat. Furthermore, there appears to be far more storage compared with A321ceo seating.

Delta’s New A321neo First Class Seat: Everything You Need To Know
Current Delta A321 first class. Photo: Delta

To match with the seats, Delta’s in-house inflight entertainment system will be put to full use. They will be embedded into the back of the seats and be fed by a wireless data connection. This will further help to reduce weight on the aircraft while also making installation a simpler process.

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Delta presented its new, innovative inflight entertainment features at CES 2020 in Las Vegas this month. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr

A customer-focused approach

When the deal was confirmed, Delta CEO Ed Bastian shared how the plane will help serve its customers in a press release.

“This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders,” Bastian said, as per Delta’s press release.

“Delta, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney share the same commitment to safety, efficiency, innovation and continuously improving the customer experience.”

The new cabin has already received praised before it has taken off. It has been short-listed for a Crystal Cabin Award for its design. Therefore, passengers will be in for a treat when they board the aircraft.

Simple Flying reached out to Delta Air Lines for comment on the fleet overhaul but did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.

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