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While my wife is smiling warmly tucked into one of the best Delta One seats on a 777 I would rather have been sitting on an A330 that I had booked. But, Delta being Delta (with no notice clearly) swapped out the jet for a chunky old 777.
These birds are set to be refurbished with Delta One Suites and Premium Select seats soon and let me tell you it can not come soon enough. This product is just flat out beat up as you can tell. I will not cover the seats as I have posted about them before (here and here for example) and they are going away soon anyway.
What I will cover instead is the outstanding service that is just the norm every time I fly Delta One to Europe and the meal service. I do like the personal touch of a card from the head purser to me as a Diamond Million miler. I know they are encouraged to do this but do not have to so it still means something to me.
Menus are normally either passed out before takeoff or already at your seat. I like this as speeding up service for those who want to sleep ASAP matter. Since I did want to sleep (or at least try to) I choose the seafood pasta dish.
Meal service was quick once we were at cruise altitude. The appetizer and soup was unimpressive. But the Caesar salad was nice so I mostly focus on that. Now the entree
While this may not look all that impressive it really was quite good and I enjoyed just about every bite.
It was packed with shrimp and scallops. These kinds of entries where they are almost all pasta are disappointing but not this one. Well done Delta.
Feeling rather full after all that pasta I went with a simple cheese and fruit plate with a cognac before drifting off with the Delta Westin Heavenly blanket and pillow.
During a lav visit I noticed they did have a snack basket out with extra waters for you to help yourself. I also like the slightly larger waters they use on these flights vs. the domestic mini bottles.
I slept through breakfast as I had enough time to visit the KLM Crown Lounge before my next flight and for whatever reason I am never that impressed with the pre-landing breakfast choices anyway. But I did wake up enough to get some great Skyteam shots on the way to the gate (not enough time to visit the observation deck sad to say)!
Overall this was another nice Delta One Atlantic crossing to start our adventure in Barcelona and our Epic Haven Transatlantic crossing. I was thrilled to find it for 70k Level 1 business class one way award but clearly disappointed in the equipment swap. To be fair Delta had offered to swap me to another routing via JFK (direct to BCN from there) but that flight would be so much shorter and arrive so early that A) I would not sleep much and B) could not check in to my hotel that early.
You tell me – are you still impressed with Delta One meals in general and the service the Delta FAs provide? What do you think of the 777 Delta One seats vs. others? Are you looking forward to seeing Premium Select seats on these jets or will you miss the “free” medallion Comfort+ upgrades you can now get on the 777. Let me know in the comments below! – Rene
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