Business class passengers flying Delta Air Lines’ Los Angeles-Sydney route will be able to book its new Delta One Suites from March 31, 2019 onwards, when the airline is set to begin deploying its reconfigured Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route.
These enclosed suites are the same product that appears on board Delta’s Airbus A350 aircraft, which the airline launched in 2017.
At the time, Delta billed these as “the world’s first all-suite business class” product. Each of the suites features a sliding door to create a fully enclosed suite, a feature typically reserved for first class products.
Each suite has direct aisle access, owing to the cabin’s 1-2-1 configuration, and seats recline to form a fully flat bed.
Unfortunately, Delta’s revamped configuration for the B777-200LR does also come with a reduction in the number of actual business class seats by about a quarter, from 37 in the existing layout to just 28 in the reconfigured variant.
Delta’s Los Angeles-Sydney route is currently served by its old-format B777-200LR.
That being said, the new-layout B777-200LRs also come with 48 seats in a new premium economy cabin that is laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration, in place of the 36 extra legroom economy seats in the older variant.
Meanwhile the aircraft’s 220 economy class seating remains in a more spacious nine-across format rather than the less popular 10-abreast layout that has become standard within the industry for the B777.
Delta currently flies between Los Angeles and Sydney once per day with the following schedule.
|DL41||Los Angeles (LAX)||Sydney (SYD)||2225||0735+2||Daily|
|DL40||Sydney (SYD)||Los Angeles (LAX)||1100||0645|
Flights take 15 hours 10 minutes from Los Angeles to Sydney, and 13 hours 45 minutes on the return leg.