Trip Reports & Reviews

Delta Airlines Domestic First Class: Boeing 757 Review

Noel

Noel Philips

I tried Delta Airlines Domestic First Class on a flight from Minneapolis to San Francisco. I was interested to see the difference between Delta Airlines Domestic First and other airlines such as United.

We headed to Minneapolis St Paul Airport, which is one of Delta’s biggest hubs.

Minneapolis St Paul Airport Terminal 1
Minneapolis St Paul Airport
Minneapolis St Paul Airport Terminal 1

Delta use Terminal 1 at Minneapolis, otherwise known as the Lindbergh temrinal. On arrival at the airport, we used the kerbside check in to drop our bags, before heading across to the TSA checkpoint. With wheelchair assistance for my wife, TSA was no problem at all and we were whisked straight through.

Minneapolis St Paul Airport Terminal 1 Kerbside Check In

Once airside, we headed down to the gate. Today we were going from the F Pier at Minneapolis. There are plenty of shops and restaurants, and some great views of the aviation action across the airport.

Frontier Airbus A319 at Minneapolis St Paul (MSP)

Our aircraft soon arrived from its previous flight, inbound from San Francisco. First delivered in February 1992, our aircraft has been with Delta since delivery.

Delta AIrlines Boeing 757 N673DL
Delta AIrlines Boeing 757 N673DL
Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200 N673DL

We waited for the passengers to disembark, and were soon called for pre-boarding.

The crew were really friendly and . welcomed us onboard, directing us to our seats in row 4.

Delta Airlines Domestic First Cabin - Boeing 757-200
Delta Airlines Domestic First Cabin

The seat in Delta Airlines Domestic First is pretty spacious, and has a few pockets for storage as well as as a personal TV for the inflight entertainment.

The first class seats on the 757 are pretty spacious. They’re in a 2-2 configuration, and are designed in a comfortable, smart leather design.

Delta Airlines Domestic First Cabin - Boeing 757

Before pushback, we were given a glass of juice while we waited at the gate.

Before long, the doors were closed and the jetbridge was disconnected.

We taxied out to the runway and pretty soon were on our way west towards California.

Minneapolis St Paul Airport
Minneapolis St Paul Airport

Our route today took us southwest across Minnesota, crossing the states of Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and Nevada before descending into San Francisco. Flight time today was 3 hours 19 minutes, at a cruising altitude of 34,000 feet.

Delta Domestic First Cabin: Boeing 757
Delta Domestic First Cabin: Boeing 757

The Delta First seat on the 757 has a decent amount of legroom. There’s a personal TV with a USB charging port and a standard headphone socket.

Between the two seats are standard power sockets for charging. There’s plenty of seat pockets. The tray table is in the arm and there’s a small shelf for drinks.

Delta Domestic First Seat: Boeing 757

I’d pre selected my meal on the Delta website. I’d gone for Korean meatballs which were delicious.

Delta Airlines Domestic First Meal: Korean Meatballs
Delta Airlines Domestic First Meal: Korean Meatballs

The headphones given out on Delta are pretty cheap quality and the audio quality isn’t great. You can use your own headphones though which I’d highly recommend. There’s plenty of TV and movies available to watch through the seatback TV screen.

Delta Airlines Domestic IFE
Delta Airlines Domestic IFE

There’s even live TV, complete with the usual entertaining American TV adverts.

Delta Airlines Domestic IFE: Live TV
Delta Airlines Domestic IFE: Live TV

I opted to catch up with the news, which didn’t turn out to be quite as entertaining.

Delta Airlines Domestic IFE: Live TV
Delta Airlines Domestic IFE

The live flight map is pretty decent for a short haul flight too. Overall I was very impressed by the entertainment options onboard.

Delta Airlines Domestic IFE

The bathrooms on the 757 are pretty smart, and were nice and clean too.

Delta Airlines Domestic First Class Bathroom: Boeing 757
Delta Airlines Domestic First Class Bathroom

As we crossed the deserts of Utah and Nevada, we flew over some remote towns down below.

As we crossed Nevada we flew overhead the Tonopah Test Range, with Area 51 a few hundred miles to the south, which was obscured by cloud.

Tonopah Test Range Airport,  Nevada
Tonopah Test Range Airport, Nevada
Delta Airlines Domestic IFE

Pretty soon we were commencing our descent into San Francisco, making an approach and landing from the south over the Bay area.

We touched down on schedule into San Francisco after a flight time of just under 4 hours.

My flight to San Francisco today cost me just over $414 or £341, for a flight of 1594 miles. This made it a cost per mile of £0.21p which I didn’t think was too bad value for money. We flew in Delta Domestic First as by the time we’d added on baggage and seat allocation to a coach fare, it worked out only slightly more to upgrade to first class.

Overall I was very impressed with Delta. This is the fourth time I’ve flown with them and I was equally impressed with all of my flights. The crew were really friendly and down to earth, and made all of us feel welcome onboard, even the kids with whom the crew were great. Delta continue to be my preferred legacy US carrier.