Want to be the first to fly on Delta’s new Airbus A350, which will introduce new in-flight seating products? Now’s your chance, but act fast.
Delta just started selling seats on the first flight of its first new A350 wide-body, which will take to the skies on October 30 from Detroit to Tokyo Narita. (Cheapest Delta One fare we could find for November trips: $7,600 round trip)
In addition to Delta’s new Delta One front cabin, which features innovative passenger “suites,” the aircraft will also debut the Delta Premium Select seating category – the airline’s new international premium economy product. ($2,400 round trip in November)
“In addition to the DTW-NRT flight, Delta Premium Select will be sold on select flights from DTW to Incheon (ICN) for flights scheduled Nov. 16, 2017, and beyond, as well as on select flights from DTW to Beijing (PEK) for flights scheduled Jan. 17, 2018, and beyond,” Delta said.
The new Premium Select (true premium economy) seats will be up to 19 inches wide, with pitch of up to 38 inches, up to seven inches of recline, and adjustable leg and head rests. Premium Select travelers will get noise-cancelling headphones, pre-departure drink service, upgraded meal service, free in-flight entertainment selections on a 13.3-inch screen, in-seat power ports, and Delta’s Sky Priority treatment (expedited check-in, baggage and security screening, and premium boarding).
As Delta’s long-haul aircraft get the new Premium Select seating, they will no longer offer Comfort+ extra-legroom economy seating. But during the transition period, things could get confusing for travelers who want an upgraded economy option, depending on how and where they book. See this interesting analysis from Runway Girl for a detailed explanation. (Comfort+ roundtrips are $1,700 in November. Main cabin fares are $1,300. Oddly, Basic economy is $1,300 too.)
The new Delta One Suites will each provide fully-flat seat-beds; aisle access; a “full-height door;” privacy dividers between the two center suites; customizable lighting; special stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops; 18-inch video monitors, and power and USB outlets.
Delta’s new Airbus A350s will come equipped with the new design, and the company also plans to retrofit its existing 777-200 fleet with the Delta One Suites and Premium Select seating over time.
What do you think of the new Delta One suite with a sliding door? Have you flown on an A350? Please leave your comments below.