- The Seat: 31J aboard this Delta 777-200 is a bulkhead window seat in “Economy Comfort” with more than enough legroom for anyone up to above average height. A real perk here is that there are no seats in front of you that could recline and make it harder to get in and out if your seatmates are sleeping. Where this seat loses a few hundredths of a point is in the fact that the in-seat tray table and attached TV screen work together to take away valuable width from your backside. Seat power & USB charging port are located underneath the seat and a it gets a little awkward when you start feeling around your neighbors knees in an attempt to charge your kindle. Not having seats push back into your space is a nice advantage to have, particularly if you have issues with personal space like I do. I give this one the same point rating but it has a miniscule advantage over…
…32J. Here you’ll find a cozier but still spacious layout. The generous recline means that some of your extended head space is eaten up and can also make it a little bit harder to crawl over sleeping neighbors. The power/charging outlets are in a much better place here though. Plugging in your devices is easier to explain when everyone can see what you’re doing. You’ll also have a moveable armrest between seats so you can spread out a little if by miracle the middle seat is open. This seat loses a tidbit for lack of window-to-aisle convenience, but makes up for it with little things like slightly greater width, moveable armrests and more accessible amenities.
Food: Delta usually surprises me with food (in a good way) and this was no exception. All the dishes shown in the video review were at minimum just slightly better than average economy meals in regards to flavor. I should note that Economy Comfort passengers get the same meal service as in (normal) economy.
Summary:. Book economy comfort seating on longer flights if you absolutely need the extra legroom. Prices vary depending on your elite status with Delta but base prices were still pretty reasonable at the time of this review (May 2012). If you plan on trying to sleep you should appreciate the recline of any seat in this cabin but if you need that little extra bit of stretch room, opt for the bulkhead if it’s open. This is still an economy seat so don’t expect anything but economy service, but after you down a complimentary gin & tonic (or two), the extra recline should make it much easier to zonk out for a bit.
Rating: 4 hops (of 5)
Strategy: If you’re the paying type, the prices are pretty reasonable for the long routes these planes fly and are offered for purchase when selecting your seat at Delta’s website. Alternately, you could do your best to find a gate agent who’s sympathetic to your stories of back pain and early meetings…Just remember, they hear these stories every day.