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One of the best ways to get upgraded as a Delta Medallion member is to carefully select the plane you fly. For example, an internationally configured plane, like the 767 with winglets, has more seats in the premium cabin than most domestically configured planes. So more seats means more of a chance to get the upgrade. Plus, flying an internationally configured planes means there is a high likely hood you’ll find fully flat bed seats.
Full Flat Business Elite Seat
Since I recently had the opportunity to fly several internationally configured planes on domestic routes, I decided to try out a different seat on each of the segments. In this series of posts, I’ll share review several different fully flat seats on Delta’s 767 internationally configured plane.
- Full Flat Business Elite Seat 1D On Delta’s 767 Domestic Route (this post)
- Full Flat Business Elite Seat 8C On Delta’s 767 Domestic Route
- Delta JFK SkyClub
- Full Flat Business Elite Seat 9D On Delta’s 767 Domestic Route
I took the picture below as I was boarding and thought it would be the only picture of the outside of the plane. I was way off on that assumption. Moments before boarding I tweeted Delta Assist to see if it was possible to take additional pictures, but I didn’t hear back immediately so I boarded the plane.
A few moments after I settled into seat 1D, a man in a suit introduced himself as a JFK general manager for Delta.
He suggested taking some close up pictures of the plane, which I thought made total sense. Here are the photos from a walk around of the Delta 767 at JFK.
Back to the internationally configured Business Elite cabin with fully flat seats. My upgrade had cleared several days in advance so I had the pick of the cabin in terms of ability to select my desired seat.
The middle seats were an option. I generally find the middle seats are the last ones to get picked. Likely because most of the folks in the cabin are on business trips and you don’t have a seatmate if you sit in a window seat.
I had never sat in the front row of this configuration so I chose seat 1D in the first row on the right side of the aircraft.
The new Delta Business Elite seats on the 767 have a small aisle into the seat. But you have to select an odd seat at the window to get it because the window seats are either right up against the window or have the aisle / armrest under which lies the legroom area of the passenger located behind. I always select the window seat that is right up against the window. First of all, it is right up against the window and provides easy viewing out the window. Second, it gives you a small aisle with more privacy from the middle seats. But some people think it makes the seat more claustrophobic.
The in flight entertainment systems are new and offer a great selection of movies, tv shows, the flight map and other features.
A few moments are re-settling into my seat, the pre-departure drinks were served. I went with the red wine instead of the usual.
We took off and headed south towards Atlanta. The right side of the plane had great views of lower Manhattan.
The meal service on this flight is great. Generally only cold meals are served, but it was good. I went with the pastrami on rie and it was probably one of the best sandwiches I’d ever had on a Delta flight.
But the real treat was the cheesecake dessert. It was delicious!
Overall this was a great flight and I really enjoyed seat 1D. I liked it because it felt private. In addition, they served from the front of the plane, so refills were quick and I had my first choice of entree.
Selecting an internationally configured plane on a domestic route will greatly increase your chances of getting an upgrade. Plus, an upgrade on the internationally configured planes will likely mean a full flat bed on your domestic route.
Delta elite medallion members receive complimentary space available upgrades. Members can earn Platinum status the hard way by flying over 75,000 MQMs or 100 MQSs in a calendar year. Alternatively, you can earn it the easy way by supplementing your flying with MQMs through the Delta Reserve card (10,000 MQMs after first purchase and up to 30,000 MQMs after meeting spending requirements of $30,000 for each 15,000 MQM increment up to 30,000 MQMs) or the Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express (5,000 MQMs after first purchase up to 20,000 MQMs after meeting spending requirements of $25,000 for each 10,000 MQM increment up to 20,000 MQMs).
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