Review of Delta Air Lines flight New York San Francisco in Business

Airline Delta Air Lines
Flight DL430
Class Business
Seat 04A
Aircraft Boeing 757-200
Flight time 05:40
Take-off 02 Sep 16, 12:10
Arrival at 02 Sep 16, 14:50
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lionrock91
By 3260
Published on 9th September 2016
Hello and welcome to another Delta Airlines Delta One Business Class Flight Report! My first ever report was with the Delta One 767-300 on the New York JFK-SFO flight. This time, I tried out the Business Class on the 757-200 on the same route. For comparison, here's my flight report with the 767 JFK-SFO: link

Day started out beautifully with just a couple days before Hurricane Hermine was forecast to hit the Northeast US Region. I took the AirTrain from Jamaica to JFK's Terminal 4:

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Delta's Transcontinental Routes depart from the B-concourse of Terminal 4. It was a very long walk to Gate B37 but I did manage to catch a glimpse of this beast as it prepares to head out to Abu Dhabi (AUH).

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Here is the bird that will take us to San Francisco–N712TW. This is a B757-200 which took her first flight back in 1997. Thankfully, Delta had a massive retrofit of their fleet updating the cabin on this plane with a 2-2 reverse herringbone layout for the Business Class Cabin. Unlike the 767 (which flies the same route) which has direct-aisle access for all seats, the window seats don't have aisle access. But for a relatively short 5:45 flight, you really would only go to bathroom once (maybe twice) and so I didn't think greatly of it. Furthermore, I felt I had more privacy with the 757 seats as compared to the 767. The screens are also larger compared to the other offering.

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Here is a look of my seat for the flight. As you may notice, they have not re-branded the seats yet from the "Business Elite" to "Delta One". Suffice to say, the product offerings are still the same.

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The screen is great and legroom is generous as well. Unfortunately, there isn't really much of a storage space here. You have the magazine rack, IFE remote, and seat controls to your right; and power ports and reading light to your left. You can also lower the left armrest to give you more space in bed-mode.

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Let's take a look at the menu:



Ample offerings for a trans-con flight, in my opinion.

You are also given a pair of headsets, TUMI Amenity Kit, and Westin Pillow and Duvet which are very very comfy!

Soon after departure, I played around with the IFE only to learn that it was not working for this flight! No movies, music, or TV Shows, except for DISH Satellite Live TV. I wouldn't knock DL for it as I'm sure this was an isolated case. I made the most out of it by watching the US Open which was offered through ESPN. The video-streaming still works as well so I was able to watch a couple of movies on my iPad.

Meal service started about an hour after takeoff. For starters, we have the Shrimp and Egg Mayonnaise with chives and tarragon and Farm Lettuce with valbreso feta, scallions, and champagne vinaigrette.

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Next up was the main course. I chose the Pink Sea Trout with marble potatoes, carrots, turnips, and pearl onions. The person seated next to me chose the same meal so no comparison this time around.

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To finish off, I had Vanilla Ice Cream with milk chocolate sauce.

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Having cookies and soda while watching Novak Djokovic :)

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Here's another look now in bed mode. Again, the pillow and duvet provided were very comfortable. The seat (err bed) itself wasn't bad either and I didn't really notice anything different with the 767 except that you're definitely more enclosed in, which I greatly appreciate.

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The flight ended in SFO uneventfully and on-time. I also managed to take a shot of this Korean 747-800 taking off from RWY 28L.

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Here's the complete Video Flight Report with takeoff and simultaneous landing scenes:
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Verdict

Delta Air Lines

6.9/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi6.0
Meal/catering7.0

New York - JFK

7.6/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.0

San Francisco - SFO

7.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Overall, it was another great Business Class flight with Delta Airlines. Having flown the 767, I was able to compare the product offering with the 757. I have to say that the cabin feels more enclosed and private with the 757. However, with the 2-2 layout you are giving up that direct-aisle access if you're seated by the window. Another drawback was the lack of storage space on the 757. This flight didn't have the IFE working but the DISH Live TV and video streaming made up for it. Definitely looking forward to flying with them again.

Information on the route New York (JFK) San Francisco (SFO)

5 Comments

  • Comment 366461 by
    KévinDC TEAM GOLD 4901 Comments

    Thanks for sharing! The new Delta One product on the 757s looks great! And you're right, for less than 6 hours, especially on a day flight, full aisle access is not really necessary. Full aisle access on narrowbodies is difficult to do in a economical way anyway. Did you not have an opportunity to visit the the awesome Sky Deck at the Sky Club?

    • Comment 367310 by
      lionrock91 AUTHOR 2 Comments

      I did manage to go in briefly. I had an intern traveling with me to SFO and he was in Y so couldn't leave him behind. Maybe because I don't normally go into airline lounges, but I felt like there was way more crowd than what I expected so I didn't spend much time inside; granted, my flight was in conjunction with an LAX flight and the first wave of afternoon flights to Europe. I'll be sure to include pics on my next flight (if my company pays for an upgrade again lol)

  • Comment 366580 by
    757Fan 544 Comments

    It looks like you had a great flight with Delta in Delta One on one of their 757's. As a very frequent flier with wlth Delta, I'd love to try this product sometime, and so by living near MSP, I'll have to fly to JFK and then out to CA! I wish they'd extend the Delta One service to more cross country flights besides just LAX and SFO.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Comment 367311 by
      lionrock91 AUTHOR 2 Comments

      Indeed, it's weird to see transcon flights to and from SEA, PDX, and YVR not offering the same product (or with the case of SEA: not a guarantee). Maybe because there's not a whole lot of premium demand for these flights? I doubt.

  • Comment 366719 by
    eminere™ 271 Comments

    That shot of the KE B748 lifting off is amazing!

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