Thanks to a nice bump voucher and a very good 1st class DeltaMileageRun price from Chicago to San Francisco, I decided to jump on the chance to fly the 717-200 Delta has taken from Air Tran (Southwest paid to refurb the jets to Delta specs).
A smaller brother of the MD series, it is basically a big regional jet. First impressions are: it is nice!
The first class section has a very similar seat to the 737-900 but no IFE & power is under and between the seats but is there.
The air controls are like older jets but work fine and the light is non-LED and strong.
It’s funny, my FA’s on the flight hated the galley on the jet (I chatted them up a bit pre-flight).
The bulkhead row is a bit tight so if you want leg room avoid row 1st class if leg room matters to you.
The front row of EC is a winner choice. Especially the 2 seat side as you have a bit of a buffer from the 1st class taking up more room.
The other side is not bad either for leg room with only a curtain separating coach and 1st.
The Exit rows have some nice leg room especially the one with the no seat in front of you.
I have to say the captain was great allowing me on early to take photos.
Compared to ANY other regional jet this one is a clear winner. Have you had a chance to ride on the 717-200 yet? Do you like the “new”, to Delta that is, replacement jet for many regional jet routes? – René
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