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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Airlines are trying to differentiate themselves with lie-flat seats for their premium customers on domestic flights, but since three major carriers are starting to do it and others will follow … and so on.
The domestic skies are about to get more comfortable for those who can afford it. American, Delta and United plan during the next year to introduce new or upgraded transcontinental services that will increase availability of coast-to-coast lie-flat seats.
Delta on Monday announced plans beginning in March 2013 to offer 26 “full flat-bed” business-class seats on Boeing 767 aircraft and 16 such seats on Boeing 757 aircraft operating between New York and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Delta expects installations to be completed within 24 months.
Meanwhile, American in July announced details of its own product improvements, which in addition to new seating on international and short-haul domestic services, includes updated transcontinental premium cabins.