Delta plans an all-suite business class

Suites in the skies — airline seats with doors that slide shut to give passengers total privacy — have become de rigueur in international first class. But an all-suite business class? Delta Air Lines wants to be the first with the fall 2017 debut of the Delta One suite in its Delta One business-class category. “This product is meant to be as close to a private jet experience as possible and is driven by our customers, who were telling us that they wanted more privacy,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s chief marketing officer. The suites will be available on some long-haul flights, primarily those with a flying time of more than 12 hours. The suites are expected to debut on Delta’s first Airbus A350 in September 2017; the route it will fly is still being determined.

New York Times

 

Savory foods taste better

This spring, Cornell University reported that the constant loud jet noise inside airplane cabins affects passengers’ taste buds, causing them to crave tomato juice over other beverages. In noisy environments, it turns out, sweet foods just taste duller. Savory foods, also called umami foods, taste better and richer. But if this is so, what else should you be eating or drinking in flight? Keep drinking that tomato juice, or choose green tea. If you are offered a meal, aim for anything that includes ingredients with umami savory richness. That includes such foods as roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, aged cheeses, bacon, beef, chicken soup or broth, roasted squash, soy sauce or other savory foods. And for new moms: Breast milk is also very high in umami taste, so hopefully baby will nurse better in the air.

Detroit Free Press

 

See a lot more of London

Anglophiles, you thought you’d seen all the best photos of London. Well, you haven’t. The London Picture Archive (collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk) offers more than 250,000 images of London from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery. Travelers can hunt for photos of that special pub they caroused in or browse historical photos from London’s past. You can view a variety of topics: royal or political events, viaducts, mythology, markets, street sellers, artists and many more. Did you find a favorite image? Collage allows you to register for free, build a list of your favorites, print the photos (with a watermark), buy a digital copy or order a print. There are also more than 1,000 maps to view.

Los Angeles Times

 

Shop solo for family flight

The airfare for your family vacation to Orlando cost you $500 a person. Your friend snagged tickets there during the same week for nearly half the price. What gives? “There are ways to save on airfare, but you have to know the tricks,” said Rick Seaney, founder of farecompare.com. Here’s one: Buy as if you’re going solo. Reservation systems at airlines and travel sites sell tickets at the same price to all the fliers on one reservation. If you’re buying airfare for your family of four, it does not matter if the airline has three seats for sale in a lower price category and the fourth at a higher one. “All the travelers under the reservation will automatically get the higher price,” Seaney said. To find out for sure, he advised shopping for one flier at a time to see if there is a price difference compared with buying multiple tickets together. If there is, make separate purchases to get as many lower-cost tickets as possible.

New York Times