US airline (and Virgin Australia partner) Delta is refurbishing its Boeing 747 business class with fully flat beds similar to Cathay Pacific's seats.
That's a big upgrade for the jumbos, which previously had an uncompetitive recliner-style seat on board as its top first-business offering, BusinessElite.
The new seats have all the advantages that Australian Business Traveller brought to you in our review of the Cathay Pacific seats, including direct aisle access, fully flat bed mode and a regular 110v power point.
(Check out our full gallery of Cathay's business class seats too.)
The seats are different (and probably superior) to the herringbone style that Delta uses on the Boeing 777-200LRs you'll find on its Australia flights.
Australian passengers are likely to encounter the new seats when travelling via Delta's trans-Pacific hub at Tokyo Narita (inherited along with the 747s from Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta) and across the Atlantic on extended business trips.
There's an upgrade in store for economy passengers on Delta's jumbos too, with new slimline seats giving up to two inches of extra legroom, an "economy-with-extra-legroom" Economy Comfort zone, USB power and a 9-inch touchscreen entertainment system.
"As modifications are completed throughout 2012, customers will increasingly see the upgraded aircraft on various routes across the Pacific and Atlantic. Customers will experience the new interiors on each 747 flown by Delta by October, 2012," the airline said in a statement.
Delta's US competition -- and Qantas' oneworld partner -- American Airlines also chose the seats for its new business class this year. US Airways was the first airline to use this model of seat, the Sicma Aero Cirrus, in its own business-first international cabin.