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Long-haul travelers on Delta Air Lines have a new business class to look forward to: a so-called “suite” configuration, with sliding doors and privacy screens. Unveiled by the carrier this week, the product promises to be among the best business class products in the country — or at least on the aircraft in which the suites are installed.

New cabins are slated for installation in the airline’s upcoming A350 order, which is due next fall, as well as on Delta’s reconfigured 777.

As to Delta’s choice in design, there’s no doubt that the carrier is a step ahead of the domestic competition, but in terms of international product, well, there are still plenty of options out there.

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So Delta took Singapore’s business class seat and added a door and that’s “innovative”. Got it.

@ssegraves | Stephan Segraves, frequent flyer and #avgeek

Airlines

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Delta’s New Business Class Suites Put It Ahead of Its Competitors, Again: Delta Air Lines soon will introduce a new, enclosed long-haul business class suite — complete with sliding doors for privacy — a product it is betting will help it compare favorably against some of the world’s most popular airlines. Read more at Skift

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Airports

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Tech

Advent of Self-Driving Cars Shifts Technology Focus From Detroit to Silicon Valley: For the first time in America’s industrial history, the center for automotive technology is drifting away from Detroit. Read more at Skift

In Search for Perfect Hotel Results, Hipmunk is Latest to Give it a Try: Six-year-old metasearch site Hipmunk quietly began offering desktop-site visitors the ability to enter natural language queries such as, “I want a cheap hotel on the Upper West Side” in a bid to make searching easier and to provide more relevant results. Read more at Skift

Two U.S. Senators Want to Know Why Airline IT Fails so Often: Two U.S. senators seek to learn why U.S. airline computer systems fail so often, and what the nation’s airlines plan to do to fix the problem. Read more at Skift

Domestic In-Flight Entertainment Is Now Free on American, Delta and United: It wasn’t long ago that legacy airlines saw in flight entertainment as a revenue stream along the lines as checked bags, seat selection and onboard snacks. As of this month, however, in-flight entertainment has turned into a free perk thanks to new lower-cost entertainment solutions, heavy competition and deeper pockets across the airline industry. Read more at Skift

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Hotels

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Antarctica’s 5-Star Hotel Gets Refurbished for its November to December Season: Travel to Antarctica has reached fever pitch. Read more at Skift

Hotels Increasingly Offer Safety and Stereotypes in Rooms for Solo Women: Stereotypical perks include fresh flowers, glossy lifestyle magazines, and high-quality beauty products. Read more at Skift

Big Hotel Chains Ditch Full-Service Properties in Favor of the Light-Touch Approach: Is the full-service hotel on its way to becoming obsolete? Not necessarily but when you consider the select service brands that the major chains are focusing on, there is a case to be made that full-service hotels are losing their star power. Read more at Skift

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Photo Credit: Rendering of Delta's promising new business class seat with privacy door. Delta Air Lines