Delta Air Lines is known for being the first American airline to install suites with doors in their business class, branded as Delta One. However, unless you’re flying a select few aircraft, you’ll find some variation in products across Delta’s fleet. To help you find the best solutions for your needs, here’s our ultimate guide to Delta’s business class products.
The reverse herringbone Delta One is a pretty standard seat. Every seat features direct aisle access and there is plenty of privacy. If you’re looking to sleep, the seat converts into a flatbed and, with the armrest raised, you add another dimension of privacy. Furthermore, the footwell is more open and allows for more room to move about. Delta offers excellent bedding onboard and, if you have a tendency to overheat, the openness of the seat allows for some air circulation that will give you some relief.
The seat lacks storage. However, with direct aisle access, this can be less of a hassle since most passengers will be able to store their belongings near to their seat. In addition, the seat is starting to show some age. However, I found the IFE and seat controls to work well.
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300
Routes: The A330s are Delta’s European workhorses. You can find them on routes to cities such as Amsterdam, Paris, and London. Occasionally, these will end up on domestic services such as between JFK and LAX.
Delta One Suite
The Delta One Suite is the newest onboard product. Delta was the first American carrier to debut a business class seat with doors. Most Delta One advertising includes shots of the Delta One Suite.
The Delta One suite comes with a lot of privacy. The door and higher barrier outside the seat allow for you to partition yourself off. This is beneficial to passengers who are easily disturbed by movement in the cabin during the flight. As Delta’s newest product, the seat will likely show much less wear and tear compared to previous seats. And, with the Delta One suite, you’ll also find Delta’s newest color scheme. There is more room for storage in the Delta One Suite when compared to the reverse herringbone. Even though the suite features a door, Delta does have air nozzles to help with air circulation in flight.
Some passengers may find the seats to a bit tight, especially around the feet. In addition, the suite doesn’t have as much closed storage, but with direct aisle access, this is likely to be less of a problem.
Staggered Delta One
Delta is in the process of refurbishing some of their 767s with an upgraded Delta One seat. However, the seat isn’t changing that much. Currently, Delta offers a staggered product on their 767s:
Meanwhile, the refurbished product on their 767s will look like this:
The seat structure will be changing a bit. The seats will offer new “wings” and some additional privacy. Furthermore, there will be additional workspace and a design facelift to match Delta’s new premium color scheme.
This lie-flat seat allows for direct aisle access in both its current and refreshed form.
Other than that, the seat is definitely showing its age. Many have likened these seats to “coffin-style” seating. Moreover, the lack of privacy in the current form doesn’t enhance the experience. Passengers will generally board a 767 from the forward door. As a result, during boarding, it can be a bit chaotic in the Delta One cabin.
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300ERs and Boeing 767-400ERs
Routes: The 767 is consistent on routes to South America, transcontinental routes, and plenty of routes to Europe
Herringbone Delta One
On their non-refreshed Delta One, you’ll find a Delta One herringbone seat.
The herringbone configuration offers 37 business class seats. This is great if you’re looking for an upgrade. The seat also offers direct aisle access. I also found this seat to be well-padded in comparison to other Delta One products.
The seat lacks privacy. A quick look around the cabin and you can see just about everyone. Furthermore, the seat has almost no storage so, if you need to access items inflight, you’ll be getting up and out of your seat often. Because the seat is old, there’s plenty of wear and tear. The electronics may also be a bit outdated and cause you some problems.
Aircraft: Select Boeing 777s, although these are undergoing a retrofit
Forward-facing Delta One
The forward-facing Delta One is available on select 757s.
These are lie-flat seats that operate some transcontinental routes and also long and thin routes to destinations in Europe. If you’re traveling with someone, these seats will allow you to have a more social experience onboard with a friend or loved one. These seats offer a larger footwell and more storage in comparison to other products (such as Delta One on the 767). If you’re traveling alone, these seats are slightly offset and offer some additional privacy in the way KLM’s business class does.
The lack of direct aisle access can be a bit troubling with a seatmate. However, Delta doesn’t use these aircraft on very long routes so you’ll likely be able to store all you need by your seat. These seats are also on the narrower end of Delta’s selection, with 19 inches of seat width.
Aircraft: Select Boeing 757s
Routes: Transcontinental services, long and thin routes to destinations in Europe from East Coast hubs
On some international routes, you’ll find yourself in a typical Delta domestic First Class configured aircraft.
The seat is a decent width and there is some room to move around.
These seats operate some lengthy routes (such as JFK to Mexico City, a 5-ish hour flight). In addition, these are marked as Premium Select seats on some routes, so you won’t get all the typical Delta perks. However, you’ll still be paying a bit of a premium. The seats aren’t great for legroom on an overnight transatlantic and, if you struggle to sleep sitting upright, you’ll probably want to seek out other options.
Let’s say you’re flying to a regional international destination, for example, Ottawa. You may book a ticket in Delta One from Amsterdam to Detroit and find yourself on a nice reverse herringbone or maybe a Delta One Suite. But then, you board your next flight…..a CRJ200. Though technically not a business class product, Delta Comfort Plus is sold as part of a Delta One ticket on regional connections, so I’ve included it in this guide.
You’d likely otherwise have to drive to get to your destination from a major hub.
The legroom isn’t great. Don’t expect any big amenities. However, these aircraft only operate short-haul flights, so you’re probably not going to have much of a problem since you’re onboard for a short amount of time. If you are connecting from a Delta One suite you’ll certainly miss the privacy, but an A350 can’t economically fly from Detroit to Ottawa!
Aircraft: Bombardier CRJ200 on Delta Connection
Routes: Regional hops that are sold as part of a Delta One ticket on connecting itineraries
Delta offers a range of products onboard their aircraft. Depending on your route, you may have multiple options or may only have one. As Delta moves towards standardizing their product, you’ll likely face less inconsistency.
Have you flown Delta One? What is your favorite Delta One product? Let us know in the comments!