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Delta One Business Class Review 767-300 | Video

Jake Redman November 23, 2015 5


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On November 23, 2015
Last modified:March 16, 2016

Summary:

Airline: Delta
Aircraft: 767-300 (76L)
Seat maps:  Delta | SeatGuru
Seat Info: 1D
Class: Delta One Business Class

Seat(s): Seated or slightly reclined, this isn’t a terrible seat. You’ll get very good separation from the aisle here in 1D thanks to the large console that alternates sides in each row (eg. 2D’s console separates you from the window and puts you much closer to the aisle). Unfortunately, it’s the console that makes this seat feel very confined when it’s nap time.

 

Delta One Business Class seat
As of this flight they hadn’t sandblasted the old “Business Elite” name off of these Delta One seats.

Width matches the 21″ we got in Virgin Atlantic’s Premium Economy on our return so it’s tough to be impressed. Legroom is fair but if you’re taller, the slope up to the footwell might be a little restrictive but otherwise good.

Seats here in row 1 of Delta One Business Class seat get middle-of-the-road reviews because of the nearby galley noise. What’s not clear is why noise is an issue when the seat is fairly well separated from the galley. Should it sound like a construction site beyond the forward washrooms? On this flight, commotion and confinement combined for very little restful sleep.

Tech/Connectivity/Entertainment:  Free from wi-fi, you’ll have time to catch up on movies and shows on your personal TV. There’s lots to choose from, so if you’re forced to give into the clanging noises coming from the galley and are up all night, there’s a good chance you’ll find something to watch.

If you’re bringing your own entertainment, plugging in is easy with an elbow-high outlet just above your console. Just above it is an adjustable light for reading or filling out customs forms.

Delta One Business Class Breakfast
The breakfast was no flight to Flavortown but was the only dining letdown on this trip.

Food: Our take on the food is mixed. It all started on a good note with a shrimp appetizer and salad course, both fresh and tasty. We chose the beef tenderloin that was oddly very rare but was tasty enough…for sky food.

The desert cart offering was as robust as we’ve seen on a US based carrier. A nice selection of pastries, cheeses and build your own sundae options were offered to top off dinner service.

We chose a Portabello Mushroom & Gruyere Omlette for breakfast but we may as well have chosen plain egg whites and boxed potato hash browns. Flavor was absent from all but the fruit in this course. Shout out to salt.

More pics from this flight.

Service: When not throwing things around the galley, the flight crew was cheerful and timed the in-flight service like pros. While there was no outright display of exceptional-ism, the team’s handling of the day-to-day duties made it seem that they’d be able to handle the crankiest of business traveler.

Rating: 
2 hops (of 5)

Route Flown for this review: Newark (EWR) – London, Heathrow (LHR)

How we got em’: This the first segment of a one-way business class award trip using Delta SkyMiles.

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  1. FNT Delta Diamond on November 23, 2015

    The seat isn’t great compared to the width of premium economy on Virgin or even the business-class offerings of some foreign carriers, but the 1x2x1 layout is superb. Plus, it’s way better than the old 2×2 recliner layout of business-class to Europe. I agree with you about galley noise. It sure would be nice if Delta had proper curtains, as other carriers. My only faults with Delta’s business-class, at least on the 767, is the unacceptably small forward bathroom(s) and the ratio of toilets to passengers.

    • modhop on November 25, 2015

      Agree on the 1x2x1 layout. Didn’t notice the washroom proximity in 1D but I’d imagine it could be a problem. On this flight, you would have needed a pretty thick curtain to not hear the galley noise (and I’m not even a light sleeper!)

  2. raflw on September 24, 2016

    I recently flew the equivalent 764 in the D1 cabin. I agree that the seat feels a little narrow for business class, but I found this lie-flat design suited me better for side sleeping than the competing products I’ve tried (though I haven’t yet sampled DL’s herringbone offerings).
    Now, I was 7 rows back from the galley, so noise was not an issue. And I liked the considerable separation from the aisle in the odd numbered window seats. I’d do it again!

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