Airlines offering lay-flat seats for business travelers

July 10, 2014 |

Travelers who are members of Delta’s BusinessElite program will now have the comfort of a fully reclining flat-bed seat for flights between Los Angeles International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. According to Travel Leisure, the three new Boeing 757-200 aircraft the carrier just added to its fleet are equipped with the bed seats.

The seats are arranged in a 2×2 configuration and feature an average length of 76 inches and personal 16-inch video monitors. USA Today reported that all eight of the airline’s daily round-trip flights between the two cities will have the lay-flat beds. The carrier already has a fleet of Boeing 737-300ERs that feature lie-flat seats already on the route between New York City and Los Angeles.

“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,” Jeff Robertson, Delta’s vice president of Product Development, Sky Clubs and Marketing Communications, said in a statement. “Delta is focused on providing the industry’s best travel experience on the most important non-stop route in the United States.”

Delta also plans to offer the lie-flat seats for business travel on flights between John F. Kennedy and San Francisco airports as well as Seattle by summer 2015, the source reported.

More airlines offering lay-flat seats
Other U.S. carriers are also racing to add lie-flat seats on flights between New York and the West Coast, according to USA Today. Currently, United Airlines allows passengers in Business Class to sit in lay-flat bed seats on routes between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

JetBlue recently released its Mint premium lay-flat seats on routes between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. The flights between the East and West coasts also feature in-flight WiFi. USA Today stated that the new seats were part of an effort to attract business travelers and those more willing to pay higher prices to premium seats.

“We started hearing from some of our most loyal customers that they still loved the JetBlue product and service that we offered, but they were increasingly looking away from us for trans-con flights,” Jamie Perry, JetBlue’s director of product development, told USA Today.

American Airlines offers lie-flat seats to those in first and business class on flights from New York John F. Kennedy to Los Angeles and San Francisco.