Delta Airlines probably has one of the nicest onboard products out of all the North American airlines (including Air Canada) and is probably the only North American airline I would consider for flying Trans-Pacific. Last year the addition of the new Airbus A350 to their fleet meant they have a stellar Business Class cabin that is considered to be a mini-suite. Essentially an improved staggered Business Class seating with sliding doors, these suites adds privacy on a brand new plane.
Considered to be Delta’s flagship product as they do not have any First Class cabin, flying across the Pacific onboard them for a 10-14 hour flight seems like an agreeable way to travel. And now it is much more affordable as well since Delta has one of the best fares at around $1,818 (~CNY12,200) travelling from Beijing to Los Angeles via Shanghai.
Above are screenshots of a sample itinerary flying Delta ONE Suites on the Shanghai PVG to Los Angeles LAX sector, with China Eastern Airbus A330 servicing the domestic sector between Shanghai and Beijing. Other variations of the flight is available with options ranging from a flight from Beijing to Los Angeles via Seattle with Delta’s older 767 serving the Beijing to Seattle route. While not bad at this price, I do not think the 767 experience would be to par with the new Suites on the A350.
Other options includes some shorter connecting times with the domestic sector between Shanghai and Beijing being served by an all-Economy Class Airbus A320/A321 operated by China Eastern. These flights are not that great due to an Economy Class domestic flight, but are more common. Another rare option is to connect in Detroit on the way out with the itinerary becoming Beijing (PEK) to Detroit (DTW) to Los Angeles (LAX). These flights are slightly more expensive
(~$1,900) but it can be useful for the later departure out of Beijing, though the shorter connecting times can be troublesome since the connecting flight to Los Angeles is the last flight and missing that means passengers need to stay overnight in Detroit.
At the low fares of around $1,800, I managed to find these fares only on Expedia with scattered dates available for the Delta ONE Suites on the A350, but flights on the 767 via Seattle are available nearly every day. Do note the fares seems to be lowest only for the Beijing and Los Angeles city pair, though there might be other combinations available. Readers who find something else better, please feel free to add to the comments below, otherwise, I think these are probably the cheapest Business Class tickets to travel across the Pacific right now!