This is a news release straight off of Delta when the 1st 777 was delivered; (I just found it today!)
ATLANTA, GA., March 24, 1999 – The first of thirteen custom-designed Boeing 777 aircraft from an order valued at more than $1.4 billion arrives at Delta Air Lines’ home base in Atlanta on Friday. For more than a year, Delta has worked with the manufacturer to develop the new wide-body flagship, which has been designed exclusively with the airline’s long-haul passengers in mind.
Unique on the Boeing assembly line, Delta Ship #7001 is the first 777 outfitted with the airline’s new BusinessElite cabin with 52 seats for premium passengers. Not only has Delta introduced the first intercontinental business class with five feet of space between its sleeper seats, it has also taken the unusual step of choosing a two-by-two configuration in the premium cabin of the 777 with no middle seats.
Delta’s passenger-friendly design extends to the 225 seats in the main cabin as well, where long-haul passengers will enjoy personal video screens, plus adjustable footrests, headrests and lumbar supports. Thanks to the 20-foot diameter of the 777’s fuselage, passengers throughout the aircraft experience a unique sense of spaciousness created by nearly vertical walls and pivoting, hide-a-way overhead storage bins.
“Delta’s 777 is more than a new flagship for our fleet,” remarks Leo F. Mullin, CEO of Delta Air Lines, who will personally inspect the airplane at Boeing and then fly with employees on the delivery flight from Seattle to Atlanta. “It symbolizes our commitment to excellence, to leadership in the industry, and to becoming the very best airline in the eyes of our customers.”
Many of Delta’s specifications for the aircraft will never be seen by passengers, like the advanced technologies installed to ensure safe operations. Delta’s 777 will be equipped with a satellite communications system, a Global Positioning System for navigation, Predictive Windshear and Collision Avoidance Systems, as well as the latest Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System to provide flight crews with early warning of potential threatening terrain.
The power for Delta Air Lines’ 777s is delivered by twin Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines, each generating a maximum thrust of 92,000 pounds. Although they are 40 percent more powerful, they actually produce less noise than the engines on the Boeing 767. Entry into service of the 777 marks another milestone in the established and expanding relationship between Delta and Rolls-Royce, now in its 26th year.
Although Delta plans to deploy its 777 fleet primarily on flights to Europe, the aircraft’s range of more than 8,600 statute miles allows it to serve all of the airline’s current transatlantic and transpacific route system, including Atlanta-Tokyo. With cruising speeds at Mach 0.84, the 777 also flies faster than other aircraft types in its class, reducing travel times for passengers.
“One reason the 777 is such a good match for Delta is the flexibility of this airplane, “ according to Fred Sandow, Program Manager for the 777 at Delta. “As a member of the family, the 777 shares the same flight deck, airframe, systems, spares and ground equipment as other Boeing aircraft in our fleet. That reduces the cost of training, operations and maintenance.” 767 flight crews, for example, need just 11 days of additional training to fly the 777.
Teams of Delta engineers, pilots, in-flight service personnel and suppliers have been working intensely for the past 12 months to integrate specific enhancements into Delta’s 777. Because of this meticulous work, the aircraft will arrive at Delta in near service-ready condition. Following delivery, the airline’s crew, support and service personnel will spend another month of training on the aircraft before it enters revenue service.
Starting May 1, Delta will offer 777 service on its Atlanta-London route, and between Atlanta and Orlando during domestic training on the airline’s second 777, scheduled for delivery March 30. In September, Delta will expand 777 services on the Atlantic with flights on the Cincinnati-London and Atlanta-Frankfurt routes.
Named Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine, Delta, Delta Express, the Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection carriers and Delta’s Worldwide Partners operate 5,187 flights each day to 353 cities in 56 countries. Delta SkyMiles members earn mileage by flying Delta, the Delta Connection carriers, Delta Express, the Delta Shuttle and Delta’s airline partners. Delta also offers SkyMiles in conjunction with many participating hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, more than 2,000 restaurants, through investments with Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., by utilizing the SkyMiles Optima Credit Card from American Express and using MCI’s services.
There is also a press-release about BusinessElite, included in the 777, so I will include that too:
ATLANTA, GA, December 14, 1998 -- Delta Air Lines announced today that it is investing approximately $314 million in customer service improvements with its new BusinessElite service for intercontinental business travelers.The new product features a number of industry-leading "firsts" and is designed to provide a world-class travel experience at a business-class fare.
·Revolutionary new sleeper seat designed exclusively for Delta by B/E Aerospace;
·Each BusinessElite seat (on all B-767ER, MD-11 and B-777 aircraft) offers more personal space than any other airlines' business class with 60 inches of pitch (ten inches more than industry standard), a full 160 degrees (or 17 inches) of recline, and a highly desirable 2x2x2 seating arrangement (never a middle seat);
·Fully electric controls for recline, lumbar support, leg rest extension for full leg and thigh support, leg rest height and foot rest;
·Redesigned seat backs for a more private environment;
·Battery-saving EmPowerTM system for laptop computers, a dataport for online access and a personal telephone at every seat;
·Enhanced in-flight entertainment shown on a personal TESTM (Total Entertainment System) video screen designed by Rockwell Collins;
·Easy to use TES controls with integrated telephone;
·A streamlined airport experience with priority check-in, baggage handling and boarding;
·A completely redesigned catering concept that features more personalized service and a selection of four different entrees including a vegetarian choice), premium cheeses, and popular ice cream sundaes;
·New self-service snacking station and enhanced Express ClassicsTM flexible dining option;
·New wine selection from Delta's award-winning VinumTM program; and
·Larger pillows, new blankets and improved amenity kits.
"Our customers helped us design this product," says Frederick Reid, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Delta. "BusinessElite provides what they asked for: an environment that offers more personal space, attentive service and amenities to allow for maximum productivity and relaxation, priced at a business-class fare."
Extensive research was conducted with customers in the development of the seats. More than 80 frequent international business travelers participated in eight-hour seating sessions to provide feedback on seat comfort and features. The BusinessElite seat offers the most recline and leg room for a business-class fare as well as six-way, adjustable headrests, unique one-touch Controls for "sleep" and "land" positions, a personal in-seat reading light, increased console space and a pullout cocktail tray. Additional customer benefits include complimentary access on day of travel to BusinessElite lounges in Atlanta and New York's Kennedy airports and all Delta Crown Room Clubs. SkyMiles members will earn 125 percent of actual mileage flown on all paid Delta business class fares.
Delta customers will see BusinessElite introduced in phases starting later this month. It will replace Delta's existing first class and business class on all flights to Europe, Asia and Brazil.
·The interiors of Delta's intercontinental fleet, including 42 B-767ER aircraft and 15 MD-11 aircraft, are being redesigned. The 14 B-777 aircraft Delta has on order will be delivered with the new two-class interior.
·The ground and in-flight elements of the product will be introduced spring 1999. (Until Spring 1999, Delta's current business-class service will replace first-class service on affected flights.)
·Completion of aircraft modifications and consistent product delivery is scheduled for summer 1999.
Delta Air Lines is committed to excellence in serving our customers. Delta, Delta Express, the Delta Shuttle, the Delta Connection Carriers and Delta's Worldwide Partners operate 5,187 flights each day to 353 cities in 56 countries throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean from 12 U.S. gateway cities. Delta, which carries more passengers worldwide than any other carrier, is the leading U.S. airline across the Atlantic.
Hope this helps! Any more and I will let you know!