Review of Delta Air Lines flight Los Angeles Seattle in Domestic First

Airline Delta Air Lines
Flight DL2300
Seat 1D
Aircraft Boeing 737-800
Flight time 02:40
Take-off 06 Nov 14, 07:00
Arrival at 06 Nov 14, 09:40
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By GOLD 2542
Published on 29th June 2015
Greetings Flight Report Community. Thanks for stopping by and having a look at this report.

For me, I have to be either planning a trip, anticipating a trip, or on a trip to be truly content. I am fortunate enough to be in one of those three modes much of the time.

For this report I will be sharing an adventure that took place in November 2014. I've gone through my photos and determined there is enough to document the experience adequately. I have taken lounge photos from previous visits to round out the report. It's a pleasure for me to arrange the pictures into a report to relive the excitement of the trip. The reports will be broken down as follows:

LAX Delta Skyclub and Delta LAX-SEA (First) (This Report)
Delta SEA Skyclub and Delta SEA-ICN (Business)(Coming Soon)
Asiana ICN Business Class Lounge and Asiana ICN-SIN (Business)(Coming Soon)
Singapore Airlines The Private Room and Singapore Airlines SIN-HKG (First)(Coming Soon)
United Club Hong Kong and ANA HKG-NRT (Business)(Coming Soon)
ANA Suite Lounge NRT and ANA NRT-ORD (First)(Coming Soon)

I experienced several firsts on this adventure:

First time in SQ TPR and SQ First
First time on ANA in any class

Let's get started.

It's a crisp (58 degrees Fahrenheit) Southern California autumn morning. The 7:00 departure time means I am leaving my house at 5:00 so it's an early wake up call. I don't sleep well the night before embarking on such an adventure so early is better. Why toss and turn when you can get up and start moving?

Traffic on the 405 was light and I was at my off-airport parking facility of choice in around 40 minutes. The shuttle ride from the parking lot to Terminal 5 takes seemingly as long as 30 miles on the 405. Mornings at LAX are brutally crowded and since everyone arrives by car or bus the horseshoe road on the departures level just creeps along. The handful of us on the shuttle were using United, Delta, and Alaska (In terminals 5 - 7) so we were able to take a short cut and avoid much of the congestion. A quick visit to a kiosk and TSA precheck meant that I was airside in under 10 minutes.

Skyclub entrance. It's one floor above the gate level.

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Sunrise from Delta LAX Skyclub Terminal 5.

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Gone are the days of the self serve bar at the LAX Skyclub. Delta rolled out he pay Luxury Bar and since there is a bartender. The LAX location has generally very friendly, fast, and accurate bartenders so there are no complaints from me. I do understand the frustration of having to wait in line to get a refill on a soda. That should be self serve.

Skyclub Breakfast.

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This club has been in a constant state of construction for the last 5 years. The latest round completed in May 2015 might be the last for a while.

Seating under the rotunda.

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Bar.

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Self serve coffee.

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Gate.

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Boarding is orderly and I chose to board with First and get settled. I am a carry on traveler and being seated in the bulk head row this morning I am keen to secure some bin space for my roll aboard.

PDB.

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Terminal 5 after push.

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Taxi took us to the north complex for a 24L departure.

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This was a fairly uneventful flight. Service was excellent with frequent offers for drink refills. A cold breakfast was served which is rather disappointing. I would have thought a choice of a hot main or a cereal would have been more appropriate.

Cold breakfast wrap.

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I will say the breakfast was innovative in that it was healthy. It was not a fat/sodium bomb that so many US domestic meals are. I supplemented the sodium of a bloody mary ;)

Before too long we were making the right 180 degree turn to line up for 16R.

Downtown Seattle.

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It was a standard overcast and wet day in Seattle. Were at the gate after a very short taxi.

South Satellite S gates.

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Verdict

Delta Air Lines

7.1/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment/wifi7.0
Meal/catering6.0

Delta Air Lines Sky Club

6.5/10
Comfort6.0
Meal/catering6.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Services6.0

Los Angeles - LAX

7.8/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.0

Seattle - SEA

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Excellent service from the Delta Flight Attendants which is the case more often than not. The meal was a bit light in the choice department but was appreciated as a healthy alternative. In a market where Delta is attempting to poach traffic from incumbent Alaska Airlines I suggest they up their catering offerings. The flight was on time.

Thank you for reading and please stay tuned for the subsequent legs on this journey.

Information on the route Los Angeles (LAX) Seattle (SEA)

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