Delta Is Innovating On The Domestic First Class Seat

by Chris Dong

For the most part, domestic first class seats in the U.S. are generally a pretty standardized affair. These seats on narrow-body planes (like the Boeing 737, Airbus A321, etc.) are in a 2-2 configuration compared to the 3-3 set up in economy. The seats are slightly wider than those in back, have extra legroom, and usually include some type of cocktail tray and dedicated arm rest in between the seats.

There’s exceptions of course, like JetBlue’s stellar lie-flat Mint product, or the specially configured premium transcontinental routes operated by American, Delta, and United.

While the U.S. airlines have a WAY better domestic first class than say, a comparable European airline within Europe (those seats are just economy seats with a blocked off middle seat), there really hasn’t been much innovation in general. It looks like Delta is set to change that with a newly released rendering.

Delta Ordered A Lot Of New Planes 

Beyond the the crowd-favorite Airbus A220 that has been flying for Delta for almost year, the airline also ordered 100 Airbus A321neos that will begin to roll out later in 2020.

When they join the Delta fleet, there will be a brand new first class seat. According to, this is what a rendering of what those seats will look like.

delta a321 first class seat rendering

The new Delta first class seat rendering

Details are quite limited but it looks like at the very least, there will be additional privacy and more storage at every seat. (Notice the cubby attached to the center console of each seat.)

These seats definitely have more of a “wow factor” than the current standard first class recliners. It’s no surprise that Delta is innovating here and a first mover amongst the U.S. airlines. As Live and Let’s Fly wrote over the weekend, Delta is living in the future.

a row of blue seats in an airplane

Delta’s current A220 first class seats



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1 comment

Gene January 27, 2020 - 11:11 am

Great, I’m sure they will be like laying on a piece of wood and have no leg room.


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