Delta Launches 747 Service on this Domestic Route

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Starting May 1, 2015, for the summer, Delta will be upgauging their service between Atlanta and Honolulu, HI to a 747-700 aircraft, which features 48 seats in DeltaOne and 328 seats in coach. Previously, this route was served by a A330-300 aircraft which had 33 seats upfront and 259 seats in coach.


Keep in mind that even though this international aircraft will be on this route, that those looking for a true DeltaOne experience, will not be getting that, since service upfront is a hybrid of domestic first and DeltaOne. You’ll receive a three course meal, with ice cream sundaes for dessert.

I think one of the worst decisions though for this route, is that there is no complimentary meal option for those in coach. Think about a transatlantic flight, where Delta offers a meal in coach. This flight from Atlanta to Honolulu in coach is longer than some flights to Europe, yet if you want a meal, you’ll have to buy something onboard, and chances are they’ll run out.

Bottom Line

It appears that the 747’s will be flying between Atlanta and Honolulu for the summer, so if you want to fly on one, you’ll have to do it this summer. Delta has been removing 747’s from their fleet all together. Delta is removing 6 more 747’s this year, which will leave them with only 6 747’s left which will be phased out by the end of 2017.

What do you think about Delta flying a 747 between Atlanta and Hawaii and that Delta is getting rid of their 747’s all together?  

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  1. how is this the “worst decision”?? They already fly a widebody non stop A330. Its just an equipment swap. How is a 747 any worse than a A330 non stop?

  2. The “worst decision” you’re speaking of has nothing to do with the plane. It’s that coach passengers won’t be given a complimentary meal.

  3. I have flown this route on the A330 four times in the past 12 months. The decision to discontinue the complimentary meal service a couple of years ago was just one of the many service devaluations Delta has taken lately. This route has always been treated like an international flight, which means no Medallion upgrades. They also want it to be domestic, so no free food. The new Comfort + seats do get some free snacks, but they are not not as good or as varied as the usual First Class snack basket from short domestic flights. Despite the reduced service, Delta is selling-out these flights, so they must be throwing in a bigger plane to sell more tickets.

    Anyway, is there any word on the condition of the 747 to be put on this route? I am betting that the IFE will either be ancient or non-existent. Delta will be paying more for fuel, so I bet they won’t be paying for cabin updates on a short-timer plane.

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