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Video | Delta 737-800 First Class Seat 1B

Jake Redman June 24, 2013 7

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Airline: Delta Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 737-800
Row: 1 Seat: B
Class: First


Seat 1B - Delta 737-800
It’s a shoe-tread dependent foot rest, but forget about stretching out. – Seat 1B aboard a Delta 737-800

Seat(s): It’s a bummer about there being no headrest attached to this Delta 737-800 first class seat, but only because they’re so helpful for my 5-minute pre-flight nap. The seat is otherwise pretty comfortable. Well padded, good recline, a nice sized center console that gives you good elbow room and reasonable (but certainly not extraordinary) width.

The problem with row 1 is that it’s row 1. The bulkhead wall is too close for good leg extension. If you’re tall and are in it more for legroom than hip-space or unlimited Biscoff cookies and maybe a “free” meal, then you might downgrade to Economy Comfort or (less dramatically) move back a row or two. You’ve also got  to shove your bags in the overhead for takeoff and landing so if you want to grab the noise cancelling headphones or Hello Kitty neck pillow from your backpack, it’ll have to wait until the seatbelt sign is off.

Tech/Connectivity: You can power up using one or both of the power ports in the front of the center console. Of course, one is for your seatmate so hogging both might annoy them if you don’t at least ask first. Once you’ve locked down uninterrupted power, you’re free to charge a an unlimited in-flight go-go wi-fi session and facebook, e-mail, flight-track and audio stream until you once again dip below 10,000 feet.

TV aboard Delta 737-800
Neck pain much? – Overhead TV from seat 1B aboard a Delta 737-800

Food: This was a dinner time flight, so chicken or pasta were options. This time the flight attendant was working from back to front and I got the very last chicken dish. Poor seats 1 C & D. Quality was par where flavor and presentation were concerned except for the desert, which was a squishy chocolate like cake.

Service: Nothing stood out about the service other than being offered the last chicken entree. Everything was served with a smile and on a schedule that is consistent with what we’d expect in domestic first. Boring, but acceptable.

Rating: 3 “hops” (of 5).

How we got em’: On rare occasion, we’ll find an ultra low first class fare. While upgrades can occasionally be had for cheap on flight day, most will go for free to Delta’s elite passengers before being offered to general SkyMiles members and non-members. If you come across a low fare in first at booking, calculate how much more you’d be paying above the lowest economy ticket and determine if it’s worth the extra. The difference in cost on this 4 hour flight was under $300 ($150 each way).

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  1. Tykifla on October 14, 2013

    My wife and I had these seats on our way to Jamaica in June. Food was OK but the entertainment lacked a little to be desired. Over all we were satisfied as the flight crew raised the enjoyment of the flight. Hey, we were in a good mood already. Jamaica mon for a few days.

    • modhop on October 22, 2013

      Glad to hear you got a friendly crew and a halfway decent meal. Entertainment is a bummer if you don’t get the planes configured with personal TVs.

  2. Tykifla on January 6, 2014

    Jake, we made the LAX to MIA New Year’s Eve flight in row 4. Yes, New Year’s Eve. We were returning from Hawaii. Anyway for me 6’2″ and my wife 5’9″ the 4th row beats the bulkhead seats we had on our flight last summer on a similar 737-800. Better legroom plus the storage behind the row (only 4 rows) made the New Years red eye seem a little better

    • modhop on January 6, 2014

      Thanks for the tip! Bulkheads are great for shorter flights where you might benefit from not having the seat in front of you pushing back but for relaxing they don’t do much for stretching out. Glad to hear you had a good flight.

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