American carrier Delta Air Lines announced plans to create a business class section comprising private suites on long-haul flights.
“Delta Air Lines is redefining international business class travel with the introduction of the Delta One suite, the first business class cabin to feature a sliding door at suite,” a statement read.
The airline is apparently following the footsteps of Dubai’s Emirates Airlines, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airlines and Qatar Airways in their efforts to attract affluent business travellers.
Delta is claiming this is the first all-suite business class in the world. According to the airline, the first luxury business suites will debut on Delta’s first Airbus A350, set to begin service in the fall of 2017, mainly serving between the US and Asia.
“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,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer.
“Added comfort and privacy are important to business travellers and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite,” Mapes added.
Delta claims each aircraft will feature 32 suites, each of which will have a flat-bed seat, direct aisle access, customisable lighting, a stowage compartment for shoes, headphones and laptops, an 18-inch high-resolution entertainment monitor and a universal power outlet and high-powered USB port, in addition to other luxurious perks.
After the introduction on the A350, Delta is planning to roll out the One suite on its Boeing 777 fleet.
Other world-class airlines already offer the in-flight suite facility, but in first class, not business class.