Delta Partners With LinkedIn for "Innovation Class"

delta air linesDelta Air Lines has partnered with LinkedIn to launch "Innovation Class," which is a chance for a select Delta flyer to meet with a stellar business leader on a designated flight. The airline and LinkedIn previewed the concept at the TED2014 conference in Vancouver, B.C., last week.

Individuals interested in the opportunity to fly with a titan in their industry -- sharing ideas and discussing goals and future projects -- may submit an application at Delta will select and pair applicants with industry leaders.

Delta's first Innovation Class in-flight pairing occurred en route to last week's TED2014: James Patten, CEO of Patten Studio, was awarded the opportunity to fly with influential technologist Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology, from Salt Lake City to Vancouver.

Delta will host additional Innovation Class flights throughout 2014, including the next en route pairing featuring Sean Brock, an outstanding chef finalist for The James Beard Awards in New York City on May 5. Future events and influencer pairings will be announced later this year.

"Every day Delta carries almost a half-million customers ound the globe, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields of work," said Mauricio Parise, Delta's director of worldwide marketing communications. "Innovation Class is our small contribution to enable collaboration by bringing together brilliant minds."