On 30th October (this week), Delta Air Lines first Airbus A350 departed from Detroit, bound for Tokyo-Narita. This inaugural flight of Delta’s new international flagship aircraft was heralded with “First Flyers Club” champagne toast and gifts for each passenger.
“On behalf of our more than 6,000 employees based here in Detroit – and more than 80,000 worldwide – it’s our pleasure to have all of you today as customers of our inaugural flight on the Delta Airbus A350 heading to Tokyo-Narita today,” said Hussein Berry, Delta’s V.P. – Detroit Hub. “You’re going to be flying today on a state-of-the-art aircraft, and Delta has been hard at work over the last few years to make it a very enjoyable experience.”
Highlights of Delta’s A350 include
The Delta One Suite which I have reviewed. 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 transforms the space into a fully enclosed suite. The new suite will also include storage compartments for shoes, headphones, and laptops, a universal power outlet and USB port, and an 18-inch in-flight entertainment monitor. For sleeping, the seat becomes flatbed, covered in a memory foam mattress and the airline’s signature Westin Heavenly bedding.
Delta Premium Select which I have reviewed. This offers more personal space with up to 38 inches of pitch, a seat width of 18.5 inches, seven inches of recline, and adjustable leg and headrests. Customers will arrive well-rested, thanks to upgraded pillows, blankets, and amenity kits to give them all the travel essentials they need to settle in.
In the main cabin, coach passengers benefit from free seatback in-flight entertainment on high-definition screens, in-seat power ports at every row, and high-capacity overhead bins. Meanwhile, the A350 features larger windows and optimized cabin pressure, temperature, and humidity to help customers feel more refreshed after a long-haul flight.
The aircraft is equipped with high-speed 2Ku internet connectivity, and customers will have access to free mobile messaging while on board through iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
You can read all my Delta airlines Business Class flight reviews and my comparison between the Delta vs. American vs. United, which has the best Business Class.
It is worth reading my tips on how to find cheaper First or Business Class flight tickets to and from North America for a way to save around 20% on your next First or Business Class flight booking.
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