Landed from Brussels with a short 55' connection, I already know that it will be impossible to visit the lounge. In the same time, the KLM lounges are not really worth it :)
I make my way to the customs just to find them crowded with people. The priority line seems even longer than the others, so is the short connection line. The automated controls work, then let's go for them. There are lots of people there as well but it seem to go faster. In all, I needed 20 minutes to go through. Lots of people who had short connections tried to skip the line, but mostly all of us were so no luck for them.
There was something new for me once in the terminal. Since AMS got rid of all X-Ray controls at the gates (X-Rays are now centralized) DL centralized all pre-departure checks in one place before the concourse entrances. There is a check point next to gate D1 and next to gate E4. There are three different types of line at those controls: 'regular' - 'sky' and 'short connections'
The agent that checks boarding passes sent me to the 'shoco' line. The one that controls and checks the docs finds my routing very awkward and will question me a lot about it. In fact, I have an open jaw and four one ways. This is something that security doesn't like in the US. In anticipation of questions, I printed all tickets and hotels confirmation, and that was a good thing as the guy reviewed everything with me. Once the green light given, he puts a sticker at the back of my passport and hands me over a paper with the gate number, I'm due to go to E19.
After this everything, at the time I arrive at the gate, the boarding is almost nearing its end.
This is the Delta One cabin, I did not take a lot of pictures as you can see the cabin in lots of reports on Flight-Report.
Duvet, pillow, water bottle and the amenity kit (here after) are already on the seat:
The steward in charge of my row offers me a welcome drink, water, OJ or 'sparkling champagne'. Being French, this always make me smile: if the champagne is not sparkling, it's not champagne, it's just wine :)
The champagne comes together with salted and peppered cashew nuts. Really like them. The menu is handed out by the purser.
I find this menu very classy and easily understandable:
I was surprised by the choice of the products: tuna fish as starter, chestnut soup, pork / chicken / cod / pasta (usually it's chicken - beef - tilapia and pasta). IMO a wise choice.
New A330 safety card:
Excellent seat pitch:
As it seldom happens, the flight leaves right on time, at 10:05. But due to strong head winds, the flight will take 10:30 what is pretty long. I don't bother as I don't have any more connecting flights today, and when you seat in business, you don't really care if the flight will be longer than expected :)
As we taxi, we pass this F70 taking off and this E90:
By the way, Mr. Fokker had a first name as well:
(I must admit that Fokker 100 is ways better than Anthony 100)
Very powerful take-off after a short taxi. Here after some planes I could spot while taking off: (77F - 75F - 74F x2 - 77F - 74F):
Good screen size even if the handset is beginning to show its age:
The service begins with a warm towel:
And the table is set by a very friendly steward. Here's the cold smoked tuna:
That was one of the best starter I ever ate in a plane, and by far, the best with Delta. It was absolutely delicious. The only thing I wanted to say after eating it was: GIMME MORE!
Then comes the tray with the soup and the salad:
The chestnut soup was divine, creamy and well balanced. Perfect. The salad is a salad, but I must confess that the sweet potato dressing was excellent.
For the main, I had the chicken:
The setup is really nice and the chicken was flavorful and tender. So were the veggies and the mushrooms. The puree was average though.
I spent on drinking Sauternes wine for the whole meal. I really appreciate that Delta offers a sweet wine in its wine list. It is only actively offered for cheese and dessert but if you ask for it, you can have it anytime. The steward in charge looked after my glass and it was never empty. The only thing that ended empty was the bottle ;)
I do like that Delta plates the main in the galley and that dishes are not pre-plated. As well, they will only bring you the dish once you finished with your starters, allowing each passenger to eat at his own pace.
Once cleared the cheese / dessert trolley comes out. As I have already eaten too much, I'll only take some cheese. Again, cheese is not pre-plated and you can really make your choice.
Delta always offer high quality cheeses and lots of different kinds.
On this particular flight and at that time of the hear, the sun sets and rises the afternoon (already spoken about that once in this[/report])
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