The Seat: Legroom in this first class seat aboard a Delta Connection Embraer 175 is about as generous as I’ve seen aboard a regional jet. Seat width comes up slightly short of what you’d find aboard a larger single-aisle aircraft in first. The middle console adds the needed elbow room in case you’ve hot an armrest hog of a neighbor. The “A” seats in first are alone so if you’re solo and can grab one, You’ll have both window and aisle access. In First aboard this Delta Embraer 175 comfort is king.
Food: I”m normally surprised to get anything other than pretzel twists and half a twix bar aboard regional jets, but 2 meal choices?! Wow. When did Delta Connection get so Delta? There was a sandwich choice that I had to send back because it had avocado on it (I’m allergic) and there was the salad I ended up with. Everything tasted fresh and is enough to fill you up if you’re working with a normal appetite.
Summary: This is about the opposite experience (regionally speaking) as you’d find aboard the E175’s older sibling the tiny E-145. The larger size of the newer plane makes for a better experience in any class, but my how first class has evolved on mini-jets.
Rating: 4 hops (of 5)
Strategy: Delta Airlines Medallion (elite) SkyMiles members get unlimited space-available upgrades. Arrive early to the airport and check in at the kiosk to see if Delta is selling upgrades to first. Good luck!