Delta Air Lines will introduce a new business class product in 2017 when it takes delivery of its first Airbus A350. Billed as the “world’s first all-suite business class” product, each new Delta One (business class) seat will feature a sliding door that delivers total privacy and transform the space into a fully-enclosed suite – something typically seen only in first class.
The new Delta One suite will also include dedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops; universal power outlet and USB port; and an 18-inch in-flight entertainment monitor – the largest among all US carriers.
The seat will be covered in a “memory foam-enhanced comfort cushion” material, and be capable of reclining into a fully flat bed. This will be complemented by the airline’s signature Westin Heavenly bedding. The premium cabin will feature 32 seats, split across eight rows. Due to its comfortable 1-2-1 configuration, each seat will offer direct access to the aisles.
Passengers travelling on Delta One can also expect meals with wine pairings by American sommelier Andrea Robinson; noise-cancelling headphones; TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s skincare products; and pyjamas on select flights. Delta will primarily use the A350 on flights between the US and Asia. Looking further ahead, the Skyteam member will also be progressively retrofitting its B777 fleet with the new product.
According to Delta Air Lines senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Tim Mapes, “After setting the standard with the introduction of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in 2008, Delta is again elevating the international business class experience. Added comfort and privacy are important to business travellers, and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite.”