Anyway, I began to think about where we may see Delta's longhaul widebody fleet post 2013 once the majority of the flatbed mods are complete. Just a recap for those that may or may not know but the cabin changes include full flat-bed seats in Business Elite offering direct aisle access to every customer (1x2x1 config), new lavatories, sidewalls, overhead bins, lighting, galleys, lower lobe crew rests (a/c that currently do not have it) slimline seats in Y with winged headrests and USB ports, and nose-to-tail AVOD. UNFORTUNATELY, the new Panasonic i9 AVOD system is still not ready. I'm not sure what's going on but it's way past the original ready date. DL cannot wait for it so they will be moving along with the 744 mods and they will NOT have AVOD in Y initially. The new Pinnacle seats being put in are especially designed for the new system. If any of you have traveled on an MD-90 lately, you'll see the outline for where the monitor is suppose to be. The following is what's COMPLETE:
747-400 1/15 (ship 6310 currently in mods; will be out in November)
767-300ER 1/59 (ship 1608 has been in service for a while but I can only confirm 1. More may be complete)
I did not include the A330s because a line has not officially opened for them. However, it should be pretty smooth because they will be getting the same seats as the 744s.
Now, down to the actual topic. There's been much speculation on where we might see the 744 once flatbeds are installed. Some routes thrown out there have been LAX-SYD and ATL-TLV (now discontinued). As for the 763ER, i've suspected that one of the BOS-LHR frequencies will be downgraded to a 763 along with MIA-LHR going to a 763. I also think that there can be some re-shufflin of 764s and 763s. I think the capacity is needed in such places as CDG and AMS but the airplanes are not there because they are busy flying to MUC/FRA/MAD, etc. This was a competitive move on DL's part for the sole reason that they are non SkyTeam hubs and competition is tough.
I think the added Y seats on the 764 can be used to Amsterdam and Paris ex ATL and other hubs. I suspect the Star and OneWorld hubs (save LHR) will go back to 763s. As for the 333s, that's a head scratcher. DL really loves the type because of the "heaviness" of the Y cabin, offering more seats than the T7. Destinations like DUB and FCO makes perfect sense and I don't think that will change. My guess is it'll remain status quo with some shake-up during the summer months when the extra lift is needed. We may very well see one on ATL-LHR once mods are complete.
[Edited 2011-10-19 10:42:41]