When you have to be stuck in a coach seat, and that includes Comfort Plus or C+ seats, having one that allows you to stretch into the first class cabin is nice on any aircraft. Not only do you most times get more leg room, but you can at times grab the attention of the 1st class cabin crew to help you with whatever you need.
This week on my return from the Arizona desert and an amazing visit to an aircraft boneyard (more to come soon) I had a chance to experience the newly upgraded interiors on the Delta 757-200(OW). I was in first class, and those seats are very much like the ones in the 737-900ER I reviewed here so you can see what they look like if you wish.
They are the new stock Delta slim-line 1st class seats with the exception of the upgraded tilt screens that is a much needed little change as when the seat in front of you does recline the screen can be very hard to see.
Also a quick mention of power as it is in front of you, not under you as in many jets, and simple to reach but here you only have standard power. If you want USB power you will have to have a converter or use the power port on / under the IFE screen as you see above.
But the real star of this new modification is the private-ish new Comfort Plus section on this jet. Notice the new overhead divider that has replaced what is often either a small curtain, a large curtain or a solid wall depending on what Delta aircraft you are on or the configurations.
I really love this new clean, sleek and functional concept. As critical as I am of Delta for putting the exact same seat in Comfort Plus as the rest of coach, this new “cabin” divider is brilliant and accomplishes visually what Delta has wanted, that is, a shift from one product to the next to the next. I put cabin in quotes as Delta is not really promoting it as a different product (because it is not) but just a branded experience.
I want you to take a look at all that leg room. How wonderful! Plus, since the cabin divider is only above your head, you can utilize the 1st class seat back for storage as well as under seat storage.
Also notice the new overhead storage. Other than row 5 in 1st class, the bins are larger in Comfort plus than in most of 1st class. I see this both as a perk and a drawback. What I fear you will find (and I saw happen) is that as 1st class boards with large bags they will have to fill up some of your section before you get there. A reason to be Diamond to board with 1st class!
Overall I love this new mini-cabin just in front of the boarding door. Not only for all the perks I have shown above but you also get to deplane first with 1st class as well (you have to move before they can after all).
The only warning I would have is the right side back row is against the lavatory and has some limited recline (and you will hear the noise more). At the same time, there should be no issue fully reclining your seat (that you can) as there is no one behind you. I may have to fly that once to test what I think.
Have you had a chance to fly this newly remodeled Delta 757 and test the mini-Comfort Plus cabin? Did it feel different to you? – René
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