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Delta to support Carbon War Room efforts to accelerate renewable jet fuel commercialization

Delta and Carbon War Room agree that the development of a secure, sustainable, renewable fuels supply will strengthen the airline industry's access to high-quality jet fuel, reduce price volatility and the industry's overall carbon footprint and meet the needs of increasingly climate-conscious customers.

ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines is partnering with the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit founded by Sir Richard Branson, in an effort to accelerate low-carbon jet fuel production worldwide. This is part of the global carrier’s commitment to environmental accountability, transparency and carbon emission reduction.

Delta and Carbon War Room agree that the development of a secure, sustainable, renewable fuels supply will strengthen the airline industry’s access to high-quality jet fuel, reduce price volatility and the industry’s overall carbon footprint and meet the needs of increasingly climate-conscious customers.

Additionally, access to a competitively-priced renewable jet fuel will be advantageous in meeting future regulatory requirements to reduce emissions from the burning of petroleum-based jet fuel.

“Delta recognizes that our commitment and responsibility extends well beyond our customers and includes being good global corporate citizens,” said John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president – Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance. “Supporting the Carbon War Room is a great step forward as we strive to lead the industry in innovation and sustainability.”

“I am very excited to welcome Delta Air Lines as the newest partner in this game-changing effort. By joining, Delta is further elevating its commitment to environmental sustainability and supporting real action to face the most important challenge of our time,” said Jose Maria Figueres, President of the Carbon War Room.

Additionally, Delta is reducing its carbon footprint through initiatives such as improving the efficiency of our fleet, partnerships in air traffic management, airport and facility green practices and a robust recycling program in the air and on the ground. The airline also has successfully verified its complete greenhouse gas emissions inventory under The Climate Registry and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index three years in a row.

Since 2009, Delta has supported the greenhouse gas emissions goals of IATA and Airlines for America, including improving average annual fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent through 2020, stabilizing emissions with carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and reducing net emissions 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005.

Delta offers full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite on all flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles
Delta Air Lines launches a significant upgrade to its service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport with the introduction of three Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring full flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite cabin. These aircraft join Delta’s existing international 767-300ERs serving the New York-Los Angeles route, which connects the two largest U.S. commercial centers eight times daily with the seats, amenities and service that travelers expect from a global airline.

All flights between New York-JFK and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle will feature flat-bed seats on Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft by summer 2015. The continued focus on improving travel between New York and key West Coast markets is another way that Delta is making smart investments to improve travel for customers.

“Customers traveling between New York and Los Angeles continue to tell us they expect the best from Delta including the comfort of full flat-bed seats in BusinessElite and an upgraded Economy Comfort experience,” said Jeff Robertson, vice president – Product Development, Sky Clubs and Marketing Communications. “Delta is focused on providing the industry’s best travel experience on the most important non-stop route in the United States.”

Transcontinental 767 aircraft
The 767 transcontinental product features updated interiors including 26 full flat-bed BusinessElite seats with direct aisle access at every seat in a 1-2-1 configuration.  The 21-inch-wide seats offer an average bed length of 79 inches and feature a 10.6-inch video monitor.  The 767s are configured with 29 Economy Comfort seats featuring 35 inches of pitch and up to 50 percent more recline. Each of the 171 seats in the economy cabin features a 9-inch video monitor and USB power.  Standard 110v power is available in the BusinessElite cabin and Economy Comfort section.

Transcontinental 757 aircraft
The 757 transcontinental aircraft includes 16 full flat-bed seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration in the BusinessElite cabin. Each seat is 20 inches wide and is expandable up to 22 inches with an average bed length of 76 inches. Cabin mood lighting and a high-definition, 16-inch video monitor at each seat further enhance the onboard experience. The updated 757 transcontinental aircraft includes changes to the economy cabin with 44 extra-legroom Economy Comfort seats which offer 35 inches of pitch and up to 50 percent more recline in a 3-by-3 configuration in addition to 108 standard economy seats.

Transcontinental BusinessElite
In addition to the 757 and 767 transcontinental full flat-bed seat updates, customers will enjoy a gourmet three-course lunch and dinner menu from renowned chef Michael Chiarello paired with wine from Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson’s specially curated Delta Winemaker Series. Additional touches like Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, a Tumi amenity kit featuring skincare products from Malin+Goetz, a noise-reduction headset and sparkling wine round out the BusinessElite experience.

Transcontinental Economy Comfort and economy
Earlier this month, Delta announced upgrades to Economy Comfort including complimentary pillows and blankets on all its transcontinental flights between JFK and LAX, SFO, and SEA. Economy Comfort customers also receive a Delta sleep kit, including eye shades and ear plugs, complimentary Luvo snack wraps, a bottle of water and Luvo frozen yogurt bars (on flights departing prior to 9:00 PM).

From New York-JFK to Los Angeles, all seats in the economy cabin feature next generation seat design for more personal space, an adjustable headrest, a nine-inch seatback video monitor and standard 110v and USB power ports available from each seat. Delta has been enhancing the transcon experience from nose to tail since 2013 with the addition of products such as complimentary Starbucks coffee and headsets for all customers. The New York to Los Angeles transcontinental fleet features in-flight Wi-Fi and an entertainment library of more than 1,000 on-demand options including movies, TV shows, music and games.

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