It seems everyone in the blogosphere feels that the herringbone seat design, used by Delta on the A330 and 747 jets, is considered the best. Let’s see if that is in fact the case and you can start a full screen slide show by clicking any photo or just watch on the clip below:
One the A330-200 the Delta One cabin is broken down into two sections with a mini cabin toward the back with a galley in-between.
Bedding is Westin “Heavenly” and you get a large and small pillow to enjoy. On Asian routs like mine you also get slippers and Delta One branded jammies.
The center section is very well setup for those traveling together as you are close to each other yet not on top of each other or unlike the 777 opposite design having to stand up to talk to someone next to you (in the middle seats that is).
As for the window side they do provide, even without a door like soon to come on the Delta One Suites, a good amount of privacy.
Some feel the foot well feels cramped on this and most Delta One seats but I feel it is just fine.
The video screens pop out but again, like the 777, must be stowed at takeoff and landing and if you want to start watching a movie early or enjoy through landing you will have to get creative with your neck to keep watching unlike on the Delta One seats that face forward.
One area where all Delta One seats fail miserably is storage. You basically have none at all. Plan for using the overhead bins. Period.
I have always bragged about Delta food and this flight was a mixed bag due to catering not following what was on the menu.
Not that the food was not good, but just lacking a number of things including wine choices.
I chose the western meal from Seattle and decided to try the Chinese back from Hong Kong (more on that in a later post). It was fresh and very good. Only drawback was not enough bread.
Salad and soup were good also if not a bit sparse. But enough to prepare you for the main course.
I have to tell you the photo just does not do this justice. It was without doubt the best steak I have ever had on a jet. It was a perfect medium and with the flavored butter on top and perfect vegetables I was left wishing I could have this on almost every Delta flight I take. It was that good.
On to dessert that is presented by cart. Normally on Delta One international flights you have the choice of cheese plate with fruit and an ice cream Sunday. This time we also had a chocolate lava cake choice. What to choose.
Yeah, I went with both but only so you could see them for this review (yes, I am sticking with that). Both were really good and left me ready for a few hours sleep.
After a few hours they offered a mid flight snack. See the little ramekin in the left corner. That garlic cheese spread is to die for if you like garlic. Again, a light but fresh mid flight meal on a 14+ hour flight.
The only disappointing meal was the final one before landing. Keeping in mind this had been waiting for about 12 hours on a cart I guess I can see why. Everything was dry and disappointing. I should have asked for more cheese and fruit and called it good.
Overall this was a really pleasant flight. The service was about perfect. The food was overall great or very good. The seats I have some issues with.
For me this is not the best choice even on the 747. I like the fully forward facing seats on the 767 while others feel they are coffin like. Maybe you can chime in on the comments below what your favorite is.
Lastly I love the mini cabin on this jet. Service is quick and you get some FAs from coach as well as those in Delta One taking care of you. Also, as far as storage goes, in the front and back rows you have a nice flat area to put things on in flight. I love this to get my laptop out of the way during meals (since storage is lacking).
Have you flown the Delta One A330? Is this your favorite Delta One seat? – René
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