September 4, 2017
Flight Review: Delta First Class 737 Boston-Orlando
I typically fly United within the US to maintain my Platinum elite status. Since I’ve just about hit that for the year, I’ve decided to branch out and try Delta for the rest of 2017. I’ve already achieved Silver Medallion status with Delta, thanks to several SkyTeam Premium Economy flights, so I figure I might as well finish off 2017 with Delta Gold status, which comes with a lot of SkyTeam perks.
I had originally booked this flight in Economy Class. Immediately after I checked in for the flight, I saw I had been upgraded to First Class. This was somewhat surprising as there are a lot of Delta members with upgrade priority above Silver Medallion, but I later saw that my 7:00 AM flight barely had any passengers on board. Heck, we took off with four vacant First Class seats.
The Boeing 737 First Class cabin had four rows of seats in a 2-2 configuration. Each seat came with a small bottle of Dasani water, a blanket, and a small pillow. The chairs themselves were wide, comfortable, and had enough legroom for a three-hour flight (these aren’t lie flat). Shortly after boarding, the flight attendant came by to pass out earphones.
I had forgotten my normal earphones at home (I know, rookie mistake) so I took one. Boy was it terrible. Aside from the poor sound quality, the earbuds kept popping out of my ears every minute or so. Any tiny movement I made would force them out of place. After the flight attendants were done with the First Class cabin, they announced that they were selling the earphones in Economy Class for $2! If you see these on your flight, don’t buy them as they’re borderline useless.
Every pair of seats came with two power outlets located between them and a USB outlet under the in-flight-entertainment system.
The IFE was quite good on this aircraft. The touch screen appeared new, the screen resolution was sharp, and very responsive. There was also a huge selection of movies and shows available.
Delta offers high-speed gogo Wi-Fi. If you have a gogo membership you can just login, otherwise the prices on this three-hour flight are listed above. I didn’t end up purchasing a pass so I can’t judge the speed.
We were offered a choice of an egg sandwich or a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I opted for the egg sandwich, which ended up tasting much better than expected. The fruit was also fresh and flavorful.
Overall this was a smooth flight. It was great to have a comfortably wide seat in First Class on a 7:00 AM morning flight and I was pleased that the food was actually edible (that’s my standard on domestic US flights). The flight attendants were also friendly, always a plus!