Delta to debut business class suites on new jets

Delta Air Lines plans to introduce business class suites in flight, with each suite featuring a sliding door to a private space with seats that recline into beds.

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Credit: Kelly Yamanouchi

Atlanta-based Delta said the new suites will be on its first Airbus A350 jet to begin flying in fall 2017. Each wide-body A350 will have 32 suites.

Delta says it will be the first airline in the world with aircraft that have an all-suite business class.

Suites will also have "personal stowage areas" for shoes, headphones and laptops and an 18-inch in-flight entertainment system, power outlet and high-powered USB port, according to the airline. Each suite will have a "full-height door," and center suites will have privacy dividers. The cushions will be "memory foam-enhanced."

Comfort and privacy are "important to business travelers," according to Delta's chief marketing officer Tim Mapes.

After debuting the suites on the A350, Delta also plans to add its Delta One business class suite on its Boeing 777 fleet.

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