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Delta wants international passengers to join them for the suite life. The airline will roll out business class suites with sliding doors in the Fall of 2017. The suites will be available on flights lasting 12 hours or longer, such as their Sydney to Los Angeles route.

Delta One Business Suite Looking Back A350

This may be Delta’s attempt to get leg up in their longtime feud with the ME3 (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways). Emirates and Qatar Airways have spacious business class seating; however, neither carrier has suites with doors. Etihad has a sliding privacy screen in their business class, but only for aisle seats.

Delta is bringing the “jet experience” to business class. Lately, the airline has been making many positive changes to keep their competitive edge. In June, they debuted their ingredient and allergen-conscious new dining program, Flight Fuel. They’ve also added various improvements to their fleet, such wider overhead bins, and improved seats.

What Will The Business Class Suites Look Like?

Delta partnered with Factorydesign, an aviation design company in West London, to create the suites. The primary focus was offering a spacious, comfortable flying experience.

Delta One Business Suite A350 Window

Delta’s new business class suites will include:

  • Sliding door for each suite
  • 18-inch high-resolution screen, making it the largest screen available on a U.S. airline
  • Memory foam cushions
  • Adjustable ambient lighting
  • Stowage compartments for shoes, laptops, and headphones
  • Power outlet and USB port

Current Delta One features will still be available, including chef-prepared meals, wine pairings from Delta’s Master Sommelier, Kiehl’s skincare products, in-flight loungewear, noise-canceling headphones, TUMI amenity kits and Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding.

What Planes Will Have Delta's New Business Class Suites?

The Business Class Suites will debut on the Airbus A350 in September 2017. There will be 32 suites in the Delta One cabin. After the A350 debut, Delta plans to upgrade the Boeing 777 fleet by 2020.

Tickets will be available for booking in November 2016. Delta is planning on using these suites mostly for flights between the United States and Asia. You may be wondering, “What about the price?” While the suites will offer a premium experience, it’s not going to have a premium price tag. Pricing will be comparable to a Delta One ticket for the same flight.

Final Thoughts

Delta’s gearing up for a busy 2017. The A350-900s will receive Premium Economy cabins, and these business suites will follow suit, I mean, suite, in the fall.

When asked about the business suites, Delta’s Senior Vice President, Tim Mapes, said,

“This product is meant to be as close to a private jet experience as possible and is driven by our customers, who were telling us that they wanted more privacy.”

Delta is on the forefront of innovation with these all-suite business class cabins. Providing an optimal business class experience will boost their reputation as an industry leader.

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