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After a quick visit to Delta’s new SkyClub in Terminal E, I headed off to catch the Boeing 767 plane to Brussels in Delta’s new lie-flat Business Class.
We pulled back from the gate and sat then didn’t move for about 30 minutes. There was a slight delay due to a pre-flight checklist item. Once that was resolved, we left for our runway.
Journey To Brussels And Back
- Delta Terminal E SkyClub
- Delta New Lie Flat Business Class To Brussels
- Marriott Brussels
- TGV Train To Paris
- Air France Paris Lounge
- Air France A380 Upper Deck Business Class To Washington DC
The plane took off to the east over I-75 and banked to the left to head towards Europe.
New Lie Flat Seat
The new Delta lie-flat Business Class seat has a 1-2-1 configuration. I selected a window seat on the right side of the plane. I was surprised how empty the Business Class cabin was just a few hours before the flight. The plane left with a full Business Class so I suspect there were a lot of non-revenue passengers in the cabin.
The Business Class cabin felt very new and spacious. I headed towards window seat in row 3 to settle in for the long flight. On the way to my seat I placed my Briggs and Riley 21 inch one touch carry on in the overhead bin. There was plenty of space for carry on luggage above the seats so I also lifted up my brief case to stow it for the flight.
From the picture below, you can see the odd seats do not have any obstruction between the window and the seat. The even rows are along the aisle and have the arm rest next to the window. I feel the odd rows give you more of a sense of privacy, but if you need space to curl your legs when you lie down, I’d suggest picking an even row by the window.
The in flight entertainment screen felt larger than in the old Delta cradle Business Class seats, but it did feel smaller than the screens on the Air France A380 I experienced on the return.
The amenity kit was packed with stuff. There was so much stuff I couldn’t use it all. The socks, eye mask, lip balm and clean towelette came in handy.
Delta provides a full size down-like pillow in the new lie-flat Business Class seats. This is a big bonus over the small pillow that Korean Air provided Business Class passengers onboard their 777 Business Class product. The pillow really makes a difference when you are trying to get some sleep. On personal trips, Mrs Weekly Flyer and I both carry an additional small pillow each.
The in flight entertainment system controls were located in the arm rest and were easy to use.
Each seat comes equipped with a reading light, ports, and power outlets. The power outlets are great to keep you fully charged upon landing.
Seat controls were located above the tray table on the arm rest. The controls were on a cool metal looking panel and easy to use.
The tray table is located in the arm rest. It was a bit awkward at first because you have to remove everything off of the arm rest in order to open the tray table. Once you have it out it worked great and could be adjusted up and down, back and forward to fit your needs.
Delta has a partnership with Michelle Bernstein and Andrea Robinson to develop their meal and wine menu onboard Delta flights. Overall, my impression of the menu, food quality, and wine was very favorable.
To start, I ordered a glass of the Chateau Beauregard Ducasse.
The flight attendant poured a tall glass of the 2009 Bordeaux.
After the initial drink was served, the flight attendants brought around an impressive mix of salty warm nuts.
While the food service was getting started, I fired up a new movie onboard. For this flight I went with Rum Diaries and toasted to a good flight.
Next, the flight attendants brought around table clothes to begin the meal service.
The menu on this flight was new to us. To start, I had the gravlax with asian pear slaw, a bowl of tomato and basil soup along with pretzel bread.
For the main course I selected the braised short ribs.
A quick look at the the napkin and I spotted the infamous napkin hole which is used to affix the napkin to your shirt button. Some airlines are removing the napkins with holes because they are seen to wear out quicker than hole-less napkins.
Check out the floating silverware in the picture below. It seems the tray tables are magnetic and will keep your forks and knives where they belong, on your tray table instead of the floor.
The gravlax with asian pear slaw was very tasty as was the soup. A big two thumbs up for this appetizer.
Fresh and tasty appetizer. I really enjoyed the food service onboard this flight.
The salad was served next with a light olive oil and vinaigrette.
I really enjoyed the main course of braised short ribs. The meat was very tender. The carrots on the other hand had a very strong seasoning I could have done without.
Desert onboard a flight at 35,000 feet is always fun. I was offered a selection of cheese, chocolate covered profiteroles or an ice cream sundae.
Of course I went with the ice cream sundae and it was fantastic!
About an hour before arrival breakfast was served. The light coming from a few open windows was enough to wake me up for another meal.
The pre-arrival breakfast offered both filling and light meal options.
Place settings were delivered and menu selections were taken.
I went with the eggs, sausage and french toast with a side bowl of fresh fruit. This option is a very filling breakfast and tasted great.
The best part of breakfast had to be the warm croissant with jelly which was delivered after the main breakfast selection.
After breakfast, I enjoyed the great views on the way into Brussels.
I headed to the lavatory to quickly change into different clothes. If I remember correctly, this lavatory seemed larger than on previous 767 flights, I’m probably mistaken, but that was my initial thought.
I really enjoyed the flight in Delta’s new lie-flat Business Class seat. After a safe landing, I was off to enjoy the city of Brussels and some great beers of Belgium for a few days.