On a recent trip out west, I got to experience Delta’s seat 1A onboard one of their domestically configured 757. While the experience was much different than my Holiday travel experience on Delta’s Business Elite configured 757, the flight up front was still a pleasant one. There are a few benefits and drawbacks to riding in seat 1A. What do you think, do you prefer 1A (the bulkhead) or are you more of a back row First Class person?
Seat 1A On Delta’s Domestic 757
The first thing you’ll notice about seat 1A is the proximity to the galley. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of the food and drink preparation. Most importantly, you’ll be able to catch the eye of the flight attendant when your drink is low, that is if they don’t already notice you need a top off first. Some Delta 757 flights come with in-flight entertainment televisions. You can spot if your plane is equipped with these by looking up the in-flight amenities on Delta’s website. Another great thing about sitting up front is Delta provides the mini water bottles to First Class passengers. This is great if you are thirsty right as you sit down or anticipate getting thirsty well after you leave the flight.
The second thing you’ll notice when you sit down in seat 1A is the legroom. Seat 1A is the bulkhead and as a result, you won’t have the underneath of the seat in front of you to stretch your legs. Most (it seems like if not all) Delta flights have in-flight internet onboard from Gogo. This is one of the best in-flight amenities for a business traveler. You can remain productive for hours at a time online, or just avoid the grid all together, the choice is yours. Most frequent business travelers I know use Gogo’s monthly subscription service. The product offers unlimited wifi for flights on a specific carrier or another product for any carrier where Gogo is offered. With 2-4 flights a week, the Gogo monthly service certainly pays off.
Seat 1A may not have extra leg room space due to the bulkhead, but it sure does have great views from the window seat. Taking off east from Atlanta, we turned north and then again west towards the mile high city.
Once the flight is going, most will likely tap the in-flight entertainment system to catch up on a HBO series, the latest movies or just set up the in-flight moving map. The entertainment systems are great and you’ll never miss a game as long as it is on the stations offered or your flight doesn’t offer the in-flight television product. The only downside I see to 1A with the televisions is that it is fixed to the wall and cannot be adjusted.
The televisions in the rear seats are adjustable and can be moved up and down when the seat in front of you is reclined. Since the front row seat 1A doesn’t haven any seat in front to recline, the television is fixed. So it is not really an issue, but more of an observation.
One of the areas where Delta does well is with in-flight food service. Delta offers meals in First Class for flights over 900 miles. The food & beverage options are different for flight distances ranging from 0-250, 251-899, 900-1500+ miles.
A good thing about 1A is that when a meal is offered you will receive service first. A tray table place mat is generally offered and set up before the service begins. A warm wet hand towel is distributed to each passenger in first class. This is followed by a drink order. In this case, I went with Cabernet instead of my normal Woodford on the rocks.
Since 1A has the first choice of meals, I didn’t have to worry about my selection not being available. Although, I’ve yet to have a meal preference not be available in rows as far back as 6. Have you ever not had your meal preference available in Delta First Class?
The meal choice on this flight to the mile high city was a chicken salad with tomato soup and brownie or a deli sandwhich with potato chips. The chicken salad was good but the tomato soup was better.
There is no doubt that finding an internationally configured plane on a domestic route will give you the most comfort riding up front.
But Delta’s loyal elite members know that complimentary upgrades, great service and in-flight product are pretty nice perks of being a loyal Delta customer. Whether you are in a window or aisle seat, a front row or back row, you’re very likely to receive great service sitting up front onboard anyone of Delta’s planes.
I’ll take 1A anyday for a flight to the mile high city. What’s your First Class seat preference?