Review of Delta Air Lines flight Minneapolis Atlanta in Economy

Airline Delta Air Lines
Flight DL2873
Class Economy
Seat 36E
Aircraft Boeing 757-300
Flight time 02:19
Take-off 09 Apr 19, 06:20
Arrival at 09 Apr 19, 09:39
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By GOLD 581
Published on 16th April 2019

National Championship Trip



Here is the first homebound leg of my last-minute trip to the NCAA Men's National Championship game.

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Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport



I arrived at MSP at around 5:20AM, very short asleep (went to bed at around 3:00AM earlier), but still running high on adrenaline.

MSP had a large number of volunteers spread out all over the check-in areas directing us to where we needed to be (they are the ones in the light green shirts). I imagine these volunteers are just there for the Final Four. There are TSA-Pre lines on both ends. One volunteer pointed me in the direction closest to my gate. Despite big lines already forming, TSA-Pre, as usual, was very efficient.

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The gate area was already packed and gate agents were already asking for volunteers, offering a number of different gift cards (including Amex ones). I would have considered it had I more flexibility. One thing to note: United always offers vouchers for future travel, which can be a pain to use. I find Delta's offer significantly more generous even if the actual number tends to be much lower.

Here is the plane: a 17-year old Boeing 757-300 (N581NW).

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Pre-boarding began at 5:48 AM, 8 minutes after the scheduled boarding was to start. It seemed like ~85% of the plane boarded before me. Ah the struggles of no-status economy! As with the previous flight, the plane was 100% packed.

Here is a legroom shot - the seats felt narrower than on the A319. I did not measure the seats, but can report that being in the middle I was constantly hit by the passenger to my left as he shuffled and moved in his seat.

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The IFE was the same as the previous flight. Unfortunately, it was this flight that I realized the pair of cheap headphones I brought with me (to save space) were broken. Guess it'll be just the flight map!

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The overhead panel was different on Delta's 757-300.

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Boarding was complete around 6:17 AM. We pushed back at exactly 6:20 AM, on schedule. After holding for a few minutes, it was a quick taxi to the run way and we began our takeoff roll at 6:29 AM.

Service began around 6:55 AM. Snacks and drinks were offered, same as the previous flight. My order was taken at 7:10 AM since I was towards the back. I went for the granola bar this time, which was a nice little snack.

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As we were getting ready to land, I tried to take this shot of the condensation on the wing, but the picture didn't turn out so well.

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We landed shortly and was parked at the gate at 9:38 AM. I was off the plane at 9:47 AM.
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Verdict

Delta Air Lines

6.1/10
Cabin5.5
Cabin crew6.0
Entertainment/wifi9.0
Meal/catering4.0

Minneapolis - MSP

8.3/10
Efficiency8.0
Access8.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness8.0

Atlanta - ATL

7.3/10
Efficiency7.0
Access8.0
Services6.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Lounge: None

Cabin & Seat: Felt a bit more cramped on the 757, but that could have just been my imagination.

Service: An efficient economy flight, service was pleasant.

Meal & Catering: Choice of snacks is nice, I think the granola bar is probably my preferred choice.

Bottom Line: Same as before - Delta is definitely better than UA or AA when it comes to no-status economy.

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