After debuting the suites on the A350, Delta also plans to add its Delta One business class suite on its Boeing 777 fleet. By the end of 2020, the airline expects to have the suites on its 25 Airbus A350s and 18 Boeing 777s.
Foreign carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad already have high-end suites on their aircraft to cater to well-heeled travelers, while U.S. airlines have been slower to move to the super-high-end category of travelers.
But increasingly, Delta and other big U.S. carriers including American and United are competing against foreign carriers on lucrative international routes, and are under competitive pressure to improve.
Delta has spent billions on improving its offerings, emphasizing its focus on improving the experience for high-spending corporate travelers, while separating the budget conscious into more limited choices such as its “basic economy” fares.