A reader e-mailed me the other day in panic about finding on Delta.com a CRJ700 with only two rows of 1st class as well as two rows of C+ seats. Distressing? You bet. Personally I find both the CRJ700 and CRJ900 first class seats to be some of the best Delta has (and they are not even “real” Delta jets as they are flown by connection carriers).
But I can see why finding this on Delta.com would upset my reader. Especially so after I posted over five months ago (and Delta at last updated on the PR NEWS HUB this month) about the official changes to ALL of the Delta CRJ700s.
So to set the matter straight I reached out and was told by Michael Thomas of Delta that:
“SkyWest will operate 4 CRJ-700s in this configuration for Delta for a few months before they are modified to meet Delta’s standard CRJ-700 seating configuration. These four aircraft will operate on limited markets primarily out of SLC [Salt Lake].”
So the good news is this is not some hidden or secret new awful configuration that we can look forward to in the future. These will be changed over along with the rest of the CRJ700s as time allows for modifications. The only bad news is that if you fly out of Salt Lake you will want to be careful when booking or a schedule change happens that you don’t pick this jet or what row you choose if you upgrade. For now, stick with row 1 or 2 if your upgrade clears as row 3 could result in a bump down to coach if this bird is swapped in for what you had before.
Anyway, crisis averted and I have to say I am thrilled this will NOT be some kind of new standard for CRJ700 Delta partner flights! – René