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Flight Review: Delta 767-300 Transcontinental BusinessElite LAX – JFK

by on January 27, 2014 · 11 comments

in Delta Air Lines, Trip Reports

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Last week TPG Director of Ops, Kate O’Brien, flew from Los Angeles to New York on Delta’s 767-300 in BusinessElite. Luckily for Kate, her original flight (in coach) was cancelled and she was rebooked automatically on an earlier flight thanks to her Silver Medallion status – and what’s even more surprising, it was with an upgrade that cleared instantly! That’s a bit surprising given Delta’s recent Medallion upgrade policy changes. Here’s her account of the experience.

Originally my ticket was booked as a round-trip economy fare from JFK-LAX for $318 total. Although I wasn’t cleared for an upgrade on the way to LA, I was able to choose an Economy Comfort seat at check-in for no extra cost.

I love getting upgrade notifications!

I love getting upgrade notifications!

Because of the impending storms on the East Coast when I was scheduled to fly back, Delta notified me by email two days prior that my flight had been cancelled. When I logged in online to get on a new flight nothing was showing up so I called a few minutes later and a Delta agent quickly switched me to an earlier flight and assigned me a seat in BusinessElite without my even asking – that was a nice silver (Medallion) lining.

Though Medallion upgrades can be hard to come by, when you finally get one it’s a great feeling – especially when you only paid $159 for the flight! What made it even better is this was my first time experiencing a fully lie-flat seat.

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Delta BusinessElite class from the back row.

Part of Delta’s transcontinental refurbishment strategy includes installing its lie-flat BusinessElite seats on both the 767′s and 757′s it operates on these routes. Currently most of the 7 daily non-stops between LAX and JFK on 767′s have this product. You can tell if your 767 does because the configuration will be a 1 x 2 x 1. The 757′s are getting a different lie-flat seat in a 2 x 2 configuration, with refurbishment scheduled to begin this spring.

Previously, Delta’s 767′s were set up in a 2 x 2 x 2 configuration, but now it’s 6 rows of seats in a 1 x 2 x 1 formation with a 7th row of just two middle seats. This makes getting out of your seat much easier for everyone. The coach cabin on the 767-300 has 29 rows of seating in a 2 x 3 x 2 configuration.

Biz Seat

Everyone receives noise-canceling headphones, a pillow, blanket and Tumi amenity kit.

The lie-flat seats were extremely spacious and comfortable coming with a nice Westin Heavenly pillow and quilted duvet. At 21 inches wide and 76.5 inches long when fully reclined. As someone who normally can’t stay awake on planes, I enjoyed stretching out and relaxing for the full 6-hour flight.

Amenities

The standard amenities in the cabin included a noise-canceling headset and the new Tumi amenity kit filled with Malin + Goetz’s Neroli Hand & Body Lotion and Lip Moisturizer, a Tumi eye mask, socks, shoe horn, shoe polish, comb, dental kit, tissues, antibacterial wipes, earplugs and a pen.

The Meal 

BusinessElite breakfast menu.

BusinessElite breakfast menu.

Since this flight took off at 8:30am PST, the BusinessElite cabin was offered breakfast. Before departure, the flight attendants came around with glasses of champagne, mimosas, orange juice or coffee.

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Breakfast started with smoke salmon and fresh fruit.

Everyone started out with a first course of seasonal fresh fruit and yogurt as well as a smoked salmon appetizer. Passengers were also offered a warm croissant or biscuit.

Unappetizing breakfast quesadilla.

Unappetizing breakfast quesadilla and chicken sausage.

For the main course, there was a choice between three dishes – a breakfast quesadilla, lemon ricotta pancakes, or granola cereal with fresh strawberries and yogurt.

I decided to go with the breakfast quesadilla which was stuffed with egg, chicken chorizo sausage, and pepperjack cheese with a side of chicken sausage links and salsa. Fortunately, I had grabbed a quick bite to eat in the airport while waiting for the flight so I wasn’t that hungry and just picked at the quesadilla. The sausage links were rubbery and almost inedible and the quesadilla was just about as appetizing as it looks.

Aside from the main course, I thoroughly enjoyed the flight and thought the flight attendants were all very attentive and friendly coming around several times to see if I needed anything else.

I used the time in the air to keep in touch with my TPG duties back on the ground thanks to Delta’s domestic fleet-wide WiFi connectivity, though I did sneak in a quick nap in the flat-bed position and watched a TV show on my personal in-seat entertainment monitor while charging up my computer and phone with the USB charging ports in my seat.

All in all, the 6 hours seemed to fly by in such a relaxing environment – what a completely different way to fly than coach!

Have you experienced Delta’s transcontinental BusinessElite product? How did you think it stacked up against the competition?

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  • Deborah

    My husband and I booked low level economy award seats on Delta for a trip to Europe this past December. Our first flight was cancelled due to freezing fog which caused us to miss every connection (we had 3). Delta rebooked us on a nonstop flight SLC-CDG in business elite on the same aircraft. We have No status with them. We also loved the product except for the breakfast served. The lie flat seats were awesome for a 10+ hour flight. On our way back, we took a bump and received $1000 vouchers each and business elite on the nonstop flight CDG-SLC. All we had to do was ask for the business seats!

  • http://kennected.blogspot.com/ KENNECTED

    NICE

  • steve

    while I’ve not experienced the transcon product. I also (as a silver) got upgraded to first due to the east coast weather. My boss (gold) was flustered because she was stuck back in coach.

  • Jeff

    You make your living off telling people how to get free travel easy in the big seat and your director of ops is flying coach, and has never tried a lie-flat seat?

    Something fishy here. Someone needs to be more demanding with her boss. Either pay her enough to take advantage of deals or be more generous with your miles.

  • David

    The fact that the “Director of Ops” has never flown in a lie-flat seat is troublesome. I am wondering why her department is so underfunded?

    Flying in a lie-flat seat isn’t a milestone at all.

  • David

    Umm, Delta’s 757s do not have any lie-flats yet as of this writing. Is that news to the TPG team?

  • Brabbit

    Worst BE seat in the DL fleet. Giving a glowing review of a poor seat from someone that doesn’t know any better is much less than what I expect from this site.

  • CMH322

    It’s a good seat for the route. Look at Mr. Travel Snob.

  • Lantean

    they provide an amenity kit on a domestic flight? that’s new… do other airlines do that?

  • augias

    how does it compare to United’s new PS lie-flat seats?

  • Scott

    Is “Director of Ops” the 2014 term for secretary?

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