Lonely Planet Writer

Delta launches all-suite business class with full-height doors for privacy

If a traditional business class airline suite doesn’t provide you with quite enough privacy, one American airline has introduced the world’s first all-suite business class, where every suite comes with a full-height door.

The new Delta One suite.
The new Delta business class. Image by Delta

Delta has announced the new Delta One suite, which will be introduced on the company’s Airbus A350 fleet starting in 2017. While other airlines feature private suites, the company says it will be introducing the first business class cabin that will have a sliding door on each of the 32 suites on the plane.

The new Delta One suite.
The new Delta business class. Image by Delta

The private area will give each passenger a space with its own stowage areas and an “advanced in-flight entertainment system” with an 18-inch high-resolution monitor. For travellers in search of some relaxation, it will also include adjustable ambient lighting and a memory foam-enhanced cushion.

The suites have beds where travellers can lie flat as well as direct aisle access, a service which has been added to all of Delta’s wide body aircraft on long-haul intercontinental flights back in 2014. Delta One services also feature chef-curated meals with wine pairings, noise-cancelling headsets, and even in-flight loungewear. After the feature debuts on the A350 fleet next year, it will be progressively rolled out on Delta’s Boeing 777 fleet.

The new Delta One suite.
The new Delta business class. Image by Delta

Delta is not the only US airline looking to enhance its business class offerings. United Airlines recently unveiled its new business class, called United Polaris. The design will be available on intercontinental flights starting on 1 December, and is set on providing travellers with a good night’s sleep, with a 180-degree flat-bed recline, and extra features like chocolate, alcohol and calming lavender pillow mist.

The new Delta One suite.
The new Delta business class. Image by Delta

But even if you’re trapped in Delta economy class, the company has recently introduced one new perk that benefits the masses – starting on 1 July, the airline made all of its in-flight entertainment – including on-demand movies and TV – available to all passengers for free.