Review of Delta Air Lines flight Santa Ana Salt Lake City in Economy

Airline Delta Air Lines
Flight DL 1205
Class Economy
Seat 5A
Aircraft Airbus A319
Flight time 01:50
Take-off 21 Nov 11, 10:10
Arrival at 21 Nov 11, 13:00
DL   #60 out of 130 Airlines A minimum of 20 Flight-Reports is required in order to appear in the rankings. 611 reviews
manureva744
By 4925
Published on 11th December 2011
This FR is part of a PPT-LAX//SNA-SLC-CDG-LYS-ORY//CDG-LAX-PPT

I chose to travel on Delta Airlines from Santa Ana John Wayne Airport to Salt Lake City as I really like SNA, a small human size and I've never been to Utah.

I leave the hotel extremely early and head to the airport to catch my flight. The taxi journey is short and I get dropped off in front of the terminal where Delta Airlines has its counters.

There is no one at this ungodly hour and I get my boarding card quickly as I did my online check-in the night before.
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The Christmas spirit is in full blast mode all over the USA !

I go through the security formalities and go to my gate after picking up a coffee and a cookie at the Starbuck stand.

The boarding gate.
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At the terminal's footsteps, near the gate where I'll board, the different tug bars that are used to do the push-backs of the Delta planes.
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A newsstand near my gate.
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Here's our Airbus A319 coming from Salt Lake City !
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I am in boarding zone 2 and I get onboard just after the First Class passengers. My seat is on the first row of the coach cabin and it is the row I would advise people to snag on an A319 or A320.
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An American Airlines Boeing 737-800 is parked near our Airbus.
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In the seatpocket, the different publications and reading material.
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Our plane is being pushed-back on time, Good Bye John Wayne Airport !
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Alaska Airlines' reverse Eskimo Boeing 737.
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Our aircraft is aligned now on the runway and we then jet towards the Pacific Ocean !
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The Santa Ana take-off procedure is really particular as the planes take off fast, do a strong and powerful climb and then reduce the engines when they fly over the rich houses and area of Orange County and then put the power back on as soon as they are over the Ocean.

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Quick glance of First Class.
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Our U-turn over the ocean is over and we are now back over California.
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Beautiful views of the mountains near Newport Beach.
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The cabin attendants start the service, a drink and peanuts.
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Gone are the No Smoking, in its place the new logo for the wifi !
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The arrival in Salt Lake City is spectacular, between the snowy mountains !
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Few minutes before we arrive.
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We arrive at our parking stand on time. Delta planes are all over as Salt Lake City is a Delta hub.
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Another Airbus 319 parks near ours.
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Verdict

Delta Air Lines

6.8/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew7.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering6.0

Santa Ana - SNA

8.6/10
Efficiency9.5
Access9.0
Services7.5
Cleanliness8.5

Salt Lake City - SLC

7.6/10
Efficiency9.0
Access5.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Flight is perfectly on time !

Comfort is actually better at row 5 than in First Class !

The crew wasn't on its best side this morning...

12 for an extensive choice of drinks.

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