Delta has announced that they are adding sliding doors to certain Delta One Business Class flights in 2017 to make the areas into mini "suites" for flyers. I have never flown Delta One on an international flight but have had the privilege multiple times hopping on a "re-positioning" international plane domestically. Service will debut on Delta's A350 and will feature 32 suites.
While, of course, this announcement is big news for Delta, it is less so for a lot of international Middle Eastern and Asian airlines that have had suites for quite some time. The few things that make this a bit more newsworthy:
- Delta is doing this for Business Class (but remember, Delta no longer has First Class for international and some transcontinental flights and rebranded their lie-flat seats as Delta One).
- Delta is a US Carrier.
Here are a few of the additional items from Delta's Press Announcement:
- A full-height door at every suite
- Sliding privacy dividers between center suites
- In-suite, customizable ambient lighting
- Dedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops
- Contemporary design featuring premium trim and finishes
- Memory foam-enhanced comfort cushion
- An 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriers
- A universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seat