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    Delta Air Lines will be introducing an all-suite business class product in 2017 (pictured above). This Delta One Business Suite will be available on its new Airbus A350 and in this review I look at what you get in the suite.

    Delta Air Lines is the first airline to offer an all-suite Business Class product. The suite is a smaller and less luxury (but more affordable) version of the popular Etihad A380 First apartments. This private suite design undoubtedly copies the concept of the suites that originated in First Class.

    The Delta Air Lines Business Class cabin will feature 32 seats, split across eight rows. Due to its spacious 1-2-1 configuration, each seat will offer direct access to the aisles.

    Each Delta One (Business Class) seat will feature a sliding door that delivers total privacy and transform the space into a fully-enclosed suite. The new suite will also include storage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops; universal power outlet and USB port and an 18-inch in-flight entertainment monitor. For sleeping, the seat becomes flat bed which will be covered in a memory foam mattress and the airline’s signature Westin Heavenly bedding.

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    Passengers travelling on Delta One can expect meals with wine pairings by American sommelier Andrea Robinson; noise-cancelling headphones; TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 skincare products; and pyjamas on select flights. Delta will primarily use the A350 on flights between the US and Asia and will be progressively retrofitting its B777 fleet with the new product.

    US airline Jetblue is the only other carrier to offer sliding doors in Mint (their Business Class), but this feature is only available in select seats.

    My immediate thought is that these new First and Business Class Suites are the buzz trend in airline seat planning at the moment. Whether this design will be defunct in 10 years time is anyones guess. My personal opinion is that flights very boring except when there is terrifying turbulence which then makes them frightening! I get some joy with minor interactions with other passengers; seeing who is sleeping, what people are eating, just generally watching passengers and airline staff milling around during a flight. I prefer not to be boxed into my own little world, having said that, due to the low nature of your walls you will still experience some cabin disturbance that I enjoy.

    The Big Three US carriers, American, Delta and United, have all unveiled new business class products over the past few months. American has showcased its upcoming seat on the A350 and United previewed its “Polaris” business class experience. Up to now, these US carriers fell short of offering the Best Business Class product worldwide. It will be interesting to see if these new offerings gets all three airlines into the top 10.

    You can read more of my Business and First Class airline reviews including a review of the current American Airlines Business Class, my review of the best new Business Class Suites on Delta, United and American Airlines and my top 10 Best Business Class airlines for long haul travel.

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