When comparing Delta Airlines vs. Emirates in Business Class, you may assume that Emirates is better. This is incorrect. The new Delta One seats are the best and are far better than Business Class on Emirates, and here’s why.
Emirates Business Class Is Not Emirates First Class
Emirates has an impressive First Class Suite & seats which I have reviewed. The First Class on Emirates is pretty amazing. But Business Class is not First Class, and Emirates benefits from all the positive publicity from its First Class seats, which results in the impression that they are the better airline with better Business Class too. They have not, however, been concentrating on improving their Business Class product. Their new 777 planes don’t even offer First Class, and their new Business Class seats don’t have direct aisle access.
Delta One Business Class Seat
Delta Air Lines is the first American airline to offer an all-suite Business Class product. The Delta One Business Class 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 features 32 seats, split across eight rows. Due to its spacious 1-2-1 configuration, each seat offers direct access to the aisles. Each Delta One (Business Class) seat features a sliding door that delivers total privacy and transforms the space into a fully enclosed suite. The new suite also includes 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 a flatbed covered in a memory foam mattress and the airline’s signature Westin Heavenly bedding.
Passengers traveling on Delta One can also enjoy meals with wine pairings by American sommelier Andrea Robinson; noise-canceling headphones; TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 skincare products; and pajamas 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.
Delta One is comparable to United Polaris Business and American Airlines Super Diamond Business Class, which also both launched recently. The main disadvantage of this product is that it hasn’t been rolled out on enough planes, so if you don’t get a Delta One Suite, your Business Class experience will be inferior.
You can read my latest transatlantic flight reviews of Delta in Business Class and can rest assured that you are making the right choice if you choose the Delta One Suite over flying on Emirates in Business Class. Unfortunately, the picture is less clear when comparing Delta’s older seats to the Emirates Business Class. Emirates A380 may be a better choice if the Delta One Suites are not available on your route. You can also find out how Delta’s new seats compare to American and United in Business Class.
Emirates A380 Product Is Good. Their 777 Is Not
Unfortunately, Emirates has more Boeing 777s than A380s. Their 777 currently only offers angled seats, not even flat seats. Brand new 777 planes will get a brand new lie-flat Business Class with a pitch of 72 inches in a seven across, 2-3-2 arrangement. Lie-flat is great. The lack of direct aisle access remains a problem, plus the seats are thin. This Business Class seat is not as good as all of American Airlines Business Class products (with the exception of the international Boeing 757) or United Polaris (with the new seat). Air France’s Boeing 777 seat is also better, as is Business Class on Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qatar, and Etihad.
The Snack Bar On The New 777
A snack bar is good, right? Not if you are sitting anywhere near it! Any seats near their self-service snack bar (pictured in the scroller above) are definitely the worst ones to choose as passengers may stand about here rustling and talking. This means that you won’t get sleep and that there will be a lot of “bad” seat choices on this aircraft. The best seats are those far away from the bar.
The best seats are the middle seats, as they avoid having to climb over anyone, and you will not have anyone climb over you. It is worth reading all my Emirates Business Class flight reviews and Delta One Suite Business Class reviews to compare what you will experience on each airline and plane type. Delta in Business is a great choice as long as you can snag a plane with these new seats. Find out which routes the Delta A350 flies.
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I have reviewed Delta One which is Delta’s new long-haul Business Class product along with Delta Airlines Premium Select which is their new Premium Economy offering. Read More.
I have flown with Emirates in Business Class a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul flights. My trip reports can be found below. Emirates Business Class offers comfy seats, excellent amenity kits, a huge entertainment selection, delicious airline… Read More.
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