Business Elite On 1.5 Hour Domestic Delta Flight


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Have you ever arrived to your gate to find a completely different plane waiting to take you to your destination? Tonight I had a pleasant surprise. When I arrived at the gate, I saw this waiting for us.

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

For those of you that don’t know, that is a Boeing 767-300ER which is configured with International Business Elite. This means the upgrade list would clear from coach to flat-bed Business Class on a 1.5 hour flight from Orlando.

I cleared at the gate as only 1 of 2 elite members on the upgrade list. Orlando flights are elite light on the weekends.

It was nice to ride in this cabin for the 1.5 hour flight.

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

But the service was even better. Turns out this was a new flight attendant training flight. So we had trainee flight attendants in different uniforms than normal operating the flight. The service didn’t miss a beat with pre-departure and in-flight service.

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

Delta Business Elite

This was definitely the shortest flight I’ve taken on an Internationally configured Delta jet in Business Class.

What’s the shortest flight you’ve ever taken in a premium internationally configured plane?

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Comments

  1. The old ua flew a 777 from SFO to LAX daily for about five months.. It was awesome, always took that departure..

  2. The same thing happened to me on a DL flight from JFK to SLC. I cleared the upgrade list at the very last minute and I was number two! Anyways, I didn’t want the 4.5 hour flight to end. Thankfully, it was a 7:15 am flight so I pushed to lie flat button and took an hour nap. Bliss.

  3. I once got on AA an international configured 757 on JFK to BOS with angled lie flat seats. Only 35 minutes of air time. I was connecting from a SFO-JFK redeye on an old 767-200 with only recliners in Business. I would have preferred the 757 on the SFO-JFK.

  4. BKK-SGN in Turkish Intl First… Flight attendant seemed pissed we were only on that segment connecting from Thai.

    Worst 1st class experience ever and it was barely an Hr flight.

  5. I booked a flight from DFW-LAX on a 767, got to the AA club to confirm seats and check on upgrades. Was told there was equipment change.. I’m like great..a smaller plane? The lady said nope, a 777 -300ER!!! I’m like.. wha? lol..turns out it was a 3 day old Int’l configured 777!! So those who were booked in the MCE seats were sitting in the new Business Class seats!! Awesome!! Greatest 3 hr flight!!

  6. BKK-SGN in Biz on Lufthansa. I believe it was an A330 or A350.

    There were 4 passengers in biz and 2 in first. The service was “ok” but not exactly up to international Lufthansa standards. Even the the Fa’s on Lufthansa seemed to take a bit of a break. I bought the tickets because it was a vacation and the biz tickets were only about $100 more than coach.As mentioned it was only about 1 hour.

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