Delta Air Lines Inc. is bringing back a Boeing 747-400 on its daily flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, replacing a smaller 777 that had been operating on the 6,850-mile route since 2010.

The renovated 747, which has an upper level, includes a new interior, flat-bed seats in business class and slimmed seats offering more space in economy class. Delta’s 16 747s are mostly used on long-haul flights to Asia.

The upgrades are part of a $3 billion investment Delta launched in February to improve its customer service offerings.

Compared with the 777, the 747 also adds 100 more seats on the flight to Tokyo at a time when Delta has been cutting capacity on many other international flights.

The Japanese capital is Delta’s main Asian hub.

The airline is focusing heavily on Latin America in the coming years.   

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