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Seat Info: Seat 4C
Seat(s): Just a handful of years ago, while other regional jets were waiting for premium cabins, CRJ900’s like this were already fitted with Delta Airlines First Class Seating. But this isn’t quite the original setup. Fresh leather and a host of modern amenities have been sprinkled into this configuration.
Width has always been the big bonus with 2+ inches better than economy and a decent center console separating you from your neighbor. Legroom is good here too, but here in the aisle seat there’s an electronics box that your right leg will have to shift around to get full extension. What’s new-ish here are the tech amenities…
Tech/Connectivity/Entertainment: Certain Delta Airlines First Class cabins aboard CRJ900 aircraft are outfitted with in-seat power like this one, operated by Endeavor Air. Each seat in first gets one outlet.
This configuration is also outfitted with GoGo wi-fi and Delta Connect service that streams movies and TV programming from on-board the plane to your own personal device.
Food: The single serving of Cheerios is at most $2. A croissant, small fruit cup and yogurt combine to tack-on (at worst) $7 more so from a neighborhood NYC corner store (think Astoria, Queens…not Times Square). Still, I’m not sure it doesn’t beat the old egg-loaf we used to see more often in domestic first.
Service: We had little need for help on this flight so service was a bit of a non-event. Flight attendants brought food and drinks at the right times but there was no “wow” to the service on this quick hop.
Rating: 3 hops (of 5)
Route Flown for this review: Newark (EWR) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP)
How we got em’: To get 2 economy seats around the 2014 Christmas Holiday we attempted to use our yearly-awarded Delta American Express Platinum companion certificate. I screwed up the process and voided the certificate accidentally but fellow Boarding Area pal Charlie of Running With Miles bailed us out and let us use his. Christmas was saved. To pile-on the holiday goodness we were able to switch to a flight out of Newark (EWR is much closer to the Modhop Travel Cave than LGA or JFK) AND got a rare operational upgrade.