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Delta Adds More Flatbeds

Delta says it is adding its new lie-flat business class seats to all 747s, to match the product already available on the line's 777s and most 767s. More and more, flat-bed seats are becoming the standard for international business class.

Most reviews I read from frequent business class travelers is that real lie-flat "beds" are far superior to the big-recline or lie-outstretched-at-an-angle seats that had been the previous norm.

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Given that almost all eastbound transatlantic flights, all eastbound and many transpacific flights, and almost all flights to and from the South Pacific and South America are overnights, lie-flat seats should be a big advantage for the lines that offer it. Some major airlines—including American, Lufthansa, and Singapore—that haven't yet fully installed lie-flat seats are likely to find some of their best customers deserting them for superior products elsewhere.

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