Delta Air Lines is bringing the Boeing 747 back to Atlanta, putting the jumbo jet on its Atlanta-Tokyo route.
It's the first time in two years Delta has flown the 747-400, the largest plane in its fleet, on scheduled flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. In the interim, Delta had flown the Atlanta-Tokyo route with its Boeing 777 jets.
The return of Delta's 747 on Friday follows the opening of Hartsfield-Jackson's international terminal last month and the refurbishment of the 747 interior with thinner "slimline" seats, an "economy comfort" section with extra legroom and flat-bed seats in the BusinessElite section.
Atlanta-based Delta had flown an earlier version of the 747 in the 1970s, but added the current 747s in its fleet through the 2008 acquisition of Northwest Airlines and now operates 16 of them. In addition to the Atlanta-Tokyo route, Delta also flew its Atlanta-Honolulu route with the 747 for a period in 2009.
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