Project Name: Delta One Suite

Date Completed: July 2017

Interior Designer: Delta Air Lines, in partnership with Thompson Aero Seating and Factorydesign

Delta Air Lines is the first to announce a Business Class cabin featuring a sliding privacy door on every suite. Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and privacy, the Delta One suite offers each customer a private space accessed by a sliding door, with thoughtfully designed personal stowage areas, an advanced in-flight entertainment system and premium trim and finishes. The uniqueness and innovation behind the Delta One suite is the achievement of an unparalleled Business Class experience with a comfortable, residential feel. Delta is not only the first airline to announce an all-suite Business Class product, but has redefined the way the industry provides customers with a sense of space and privacy without reducing density via increased pitch and seat width.

The suite door is not only the first to be announced for all seats in a Business Class cabin, but was the first to be installed on the Airbus A350, certified in compliance with stringent EASA Special Conditions. The unique cabin configuration with the large number of fully-enclosed suites meant that the certification path was different from that required for other previously approved suite arrangements. The Special Conditions drafted for these earlier designs could not be directly applied to the new design. All suites were therefore subjected to dynamic testing as well as the static testing that had been applied to earlier suite door designs to demonstrate an equivalent level of safety.
The Delta One suite offers customers traveling on International Business Class unparalleled privacy through the fully-enclosed suite door, sliding privacy divider for centre doubles, and higher walls with a truly modern and customized design aesthetic. The personal space, including dedicated shoe stowage, a larger multi-tiered console top, and upper stowage unit, allows the suite a more elevated sense of private, personalized openness. As testament to the design effectiveness, the Delta One suite received the coveted 2017 Crystal Cabin Award for best Cabin Concept.

The Delta One suite was designed in the context of the wider A350 and 777 cabins to create more private, residential zones onboard without compromising personal space. The interior lighting and trim and finish was selected to maintain focus on the suite’s innovative design and aesthetic while also upholding the aircraft’s light, spacious, and calming feel seen in other Delta One cabins.