Delta Wants to Mimic a Private Jet on Commercial Flights
Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday an all-new, all-suite business class coming in fall of 2017.
The “Delta One” suite class is meant to get commercial customers as close to the private jet experience as possible, Delta’s chief marketing officer Tim Mapes told The New York Times.
Each suite will feature a sliding door, ambient lighting, direct aisle access, lie-flat beds, a memory foam cushion and 18-inch entertainment screen—the largest of any U.S. carrier, according to the airline. All Delta One customers will also receive noise-cancelling headsets, in-flight loungewear, Kiehl’s dopp kits and sommelier-selected food and wine pairings.
“Added comfort and privacy are important to business travelers, and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite,” Mapes said in a statement.
The suites are expected to premiere on the Airbus A350, of which Delta is scheduled to receive 25. Then, in spring of 2018, a second Delta One cabin will appear on the airline’s Boeing 777s. By 2020, it is expected that the Delta One expansion will be complete.
Delta One class will be available on flights longer than 12 hours, primarily on those between the U.S. and Asia.