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Delta Air Lines A330-900neo To Enhance Passenger Flight Experience Between Seattle – Shanghai



Delta One Suite Business Class Cabin

Delta’s latest wide-body passenger aircraft, the Airbus A330-900neo, began its flight to the Shanghai-Seattle route on the 12th July. The model’s official entry to Delta’s fleet will give passengers more opportunities to experience the industry’s leading cabin seats, including the industry-renowned Delta One Suite.

Delta Air Lines ordered a total of 35 A330-900neo aircraft and was the first North American airline to launch the aircraft. On July 10th, US time, Delta’s first A330-900neo passenger plane had taken the lead from Seattle to Shanghai.

Steve Sear, President and Global Sales Executive Vice President of Delta Air Lines, said:

“The launch of the Delta A330-900neo model is the latest step in our continuous improvement of the customer experience worldwide. Passengers can not only fly around the world through Delta Air Lines’ ever-expanding global network, but also enjoy the latest onboard facilities, entertainment equipment and airline technology on the go.”

The new A330-900neo is Delta’s first wide-body aircraft fully equipped with four classes, including:

Delta’s Business Class Suite (Delta One® Suites – 29 seats): The industry-renowned Delta One® Suites offers passengers a separate private space. Each suite is equipped with a full height door to ensure passengers enjoy greater privacy and comfort. In addition, each seat has a straight walkway with fully reclining seats, ample personal storage, a larger in-flight entertainment system display and a more comfortable memory foam cushion. Delta also redesigned the A330-900neo’s business class suite based on feedback from passengers, providing greater work space and storage space.

Delta Premium Select (28-seat): The premium economy Class is designed with comfort in mind to provide more space for passengers. The seat is 38 inches (96.5 cm) wide, the seat is 18.5 inches (47 cm) wide, the back of the chair can be tilted back 7 inches (18 cm), the leg rests and headrests can be adjusted, and a bottled water storage space is available. . Premium Economy Class passengers not only have access to extra space, but also enjoy exclusive services and receive a wash kit with all travel essentials so that passengers can get a full rest before reaching their destination.

Delta Comfort+® (56-seat): Priority Economy Class is located in front of Economy Class and is an upgraded cabin seat option. The seat is 34 inches (86.3 cm) and the back can be tilted back 5 inches (12.7 cm) with exclusive overhead storage.

Basic Economy (Main Cabin – 168 seats): The seat is 33 inches (83.8 cm) and the back of the chair can be tilted back 4 inches (10 cm). Delta’s economy class also offers a number of intimate products such as memory foam cushions and free back seat entertainment systems. Passengers can also enjoy world-class cabin services and Delta’s unparalleled operational reliability.

In addition, the A330-900neo provides passengers with a first-class in-flight connectivity experience. The model is Delta’s first wide-body aircraft with a new Wireless Cabin Entertainment System (IFE) developed by Delta Flight Products, a cabin design startup wholly owned by Delta Air Lines. In addition, through the on-board 2Ku high-speed on-board interconnect technology, passengers can use mobile instant messaging tools such as iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger for free on the go.

At the same time, Delta Air Lines’ A330-900neo aircraft also enhances the flight experience of all passengers, such as memory foam cushions for each seat, and is equipped with a power outlet; full-spectrum LED ambient lighting can adjust the lighting brightness according to different stages of flight. Each cabin has a large capacity and easy access to the overhead luggage space; the back entertainment system provides thousands of hours of audio and video entertainment free of charge. Passengers in each cabin enjoy a rich and exquisite meal selection, including a new economy class upgrade experience to be launched in November this year.

In addition, the A330-900neo is equipped with the latest generation of the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine, which saves 25% in fuel consumption compared to the previous generation.

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KLM Prepares To Operate At Half Capacity This Winter



KLM Fleet At Amsterdam Airport

The planned upscaling of KLM’s European network in September has been put on hold owing to adjusted travel warnings, prompting Code Orange (essential travel only) designations for the UK, Spain, parts of France and other countries. Compared to August KLM’s route network in September and October remains stable.

Parked KLM Fleet, Image Rights: Marco Spuyman
Parked KLM Fleet, Image copyight: Marco Spuyman

The European Commission has announced the extension of the ‘slot waiver’ to the entire winter timetable. This has enabled KLM to respond more adequately to the rapidly changing market conditions as a result of COVID-19, even during the winter season. 

In addition to the financial impact, operating less well-filled flights would also be undesirable from a sustainability perspective.

“We are making all possible savings within the group and in the companies, which is essential to be able to get through the months to come.”

Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith told French daily L’Opinion

He believes that it may take until 2024 for Air France-KLM Group’s business to return to the level of 2019.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM’s winter schedule will be a lot more restricted than it was in the same period last year. The timetable for the European network in November is currently around 55% of capacity in 2019.

KLM was gradually and responsibly expanding its European and intercontinental network, after the corona crisis had prompted severe restrictions on destinations and frequencies. 

KLM’s primary aim is to offer customers the widest range of destinations, after which we will consider increasing the number of frequencies or expanding capacity by deploying larger aircraft.

In August, KLM served almost 100% of its European network in terms of destinations, with capacity at approximately 60% compared to pre-corona levels.

  • Effective 25 October 2020, KLM will begin operating daily flights to the Polish city of Poznan.

Intercontinentally, KLM served 80% of its destinations at 60% capacity. At present, a third of these intercontinental flights are carrying cargo only. This means seat capacity is way down. KLM will carry passengers on these flights again as soon as local travel regulations allow.

  • From the beginning of September, KLM will resume a twice-weekly service to the Chinese city of Hangzhou, flying via Seoul Incheon in South Korea. 
  • KLM will also operate a twice-weekly service to Cairo.
  • Riyadh will also be added to the KLM network as a new destination (original start was September 26th, but is now scheduled for December 7th). 
  • On 29 October, KLM will also start a circle flight to add Edmonton back to the Canadian network. The flight will depart to Calgary, then call at Edmonton and fly back to Amsterdam.

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