Delta's new Boeing 777 has one major advantage over its rivals

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  • Delta Air Lines unveiled renovated seats in its Boeing 777 aircraft.
  • All three sections of the planes will be renovated, with seats in the main cabin expanded to 18.5 inches wide.
  • Main-cabin rows will feature nine seats per row. Most airlines pack in 10.

In an effort to increase customer comfort and get a leg up on the competition, Delta Air Lines is renovating all seats within its fleet of Boeing 777-200s.

On Monday, Delta announced a “full-fleet interior renovation” that will in part widen economy-class seats to 18.5 inches. For comparison,American Airlines‘ and United Airlines‘ seats are about 17 inches wide.

“The upgraded 777 design is part of Delta’s multibillion-dollar investment in the overall customer experience,” the airline said in a statement on its media website.

The biggest change is for travellers is in economy class, or the main cabin: They will have more room to spread their legs. Previously, Delta used an industry-standard 3-4-3 seat arrangement for economy class: three seats on the left, four in the middle, and three on the right. Delta’s new main-cabin configuration will feature nine seats across – three in each section – rather than the 10 across used by American and United.

“The comfort of our customers – across all cabins – is a top priority,” Savannah Huddleston, a Delta representative, said in a statement to Business Insider on Thursday. “That’s why we’ve committed to remain at 9-abreast seating in the Main Cabin as we modify our 777s, versus the new norm of 10 across. With 9-abreast, we’re able to offer wider Main Cabin seats – the widest of our international fleet – and more preferable seat options.”

The wider seats come with a personal power outlet for passengers and an 11-inch TV screen to watch movies or shows. This sounds pretty impressive, especially when considering that American Airlines announced last year that it would eliminate screens on the back of seats in its new 737s.

Another improvement is in Delta’s premium-economy section, called Premium Select. This smaller section of the plane has only eight seats across (in a 2-4-2 format) to provide more legroom and space for passengers to move around.

Finally, Delta’s first-class cabin, known as Delta One Suites, will have sliding-door accesses to a private cove filled with entertainment options, a personal table, and a 24-inch-wide reclining seat.

Delta says the renovated 777-200s will have 296 total seats: 220 seats in the main cabin, 48 in Premium Select, and 28 in Delta One Suites.

Check out the new pictures below.

Delta One Suites feature a sliding door and a personal cove to relax in.

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The renovated first-class cabin offers travellers both luxury and privacy, with 24-inch-wide seats.

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Delta says its new business-class experience seeks to create a “comfortable, residential feel.”

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The new seats are part of Delta’s multibillion-dollar investment to improve the overall customer experience.

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Premium Select features 48 seats with increased leg room and adjustable headrests and footrests.

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Every seat in the main cabin includes an 11-inch screen to watch movies, shows, and sports.

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There will be wider seats on all Delta 777s. The main cabin will feature a 3-3-3 seat configuration, rather than the industry baseline of 3-4-3.

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