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Delta 777-200 Economy Comfort Seats 31-32J

Jake Redman May 21, 2012 23

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Boeing 777-200

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On May 21, 2012
Last modified:May 21, 2012


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Airline: Delta Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 777-200
Row:  31 (bulkhead) & 32   Seat: J
Class: Economy Comfort

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.

Meal aboard Delta 777-200.
Looks like the meal they shellack and put into the display case. But no, it’s just a very shiny economy class meal.

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.

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Jake Redman

Modhop Host & Founder Jake Redman brings years of global exploration and travel tips to the podcast and our videos at Modhop. Jake is also a Producer and Host for SiriusXM.

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  1. Jake Redman on May 23, 2012


    Actually, it displayed 44:44 for the entire flight. This looks like a newer version of Delta’s IFE software, so maybe just working out the kinks.

  2. Tim H. on August 5, 2012

    Hi Jake; I like your video series! Quick question, I will be flying DTW-SFO on a Delta 757 over labor day weekend and booked one of the economy comfort seats for the segment. Do you know how they compare to the Delta 777 economy comfort seats etc.? Thanks

    • Jake Redman on August 6, 2012

      Hi Tim. Economy comfort seating in general should be similar but Delta operates several different versions of the 757 so each may have slight differences. If you know which of the many configurations you’re on, you can check and see what they have to say. If I were to give general advice I’d say stay away from bulkhead seats if you’re near a lavatory as people tend to congregate in your space. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Mark Johannson on October 2, 2012


    Correct me if I am wrong, but in my experience EC seats on DAL always offer complimentary spirits, so paying for the gin and tonic wouldn’t have been necessary.

    Good work though,


    DAL DM

    • Jake Redman on October 4, 2012

      Hi Mark – You’re absolutely right. Drinks are indeed complimentary on International Delta flights in Economy Comfort (Still a charge on drinks aboard domestic US flights). I changed the text review to reflect the correct info. – Thanks!

  4. dkMOMUS (@dkMOMUS) on October 3, 2012

    Hello there Jake: You mentioned power location, but in my travels in F or C (as I’m sure you’ve encountered, too) there’s always someone who’s in dire need of locating the power port and it’s a coin toss if flight attendants can help, especially if the port needs to be reset. So my question is, ever consider photo-ing the actual location of the power ports? I’ve never seen an online resource (even like, etc.) that will say more than if power ports should be available in certain seats; forget about an actual location or status to assist those who really “think” they need power. Or do most travelers — myself included — just really never need power that urgently?

    • Jake Redman on October 4, 2012

      Hey dkMOMUS! I try to mention it in the videos but maybe it’ll be helpful if I give a little more detail. I’ll keep that in mind for future videos/posts. Could be pretty useful!

  5. DI cATSARAS on October 23, 2012

    Hi Jake, Thanks for the great review. Could you please tell me if there were any baby bassinets on the bulkhead at Row 31?

    • Jake Redman on October 23, 2012

      Thanks! Delta doesn’t provide good information on providing bassinets but I’ve been told by a trusted source that there are indeed positions in the first row of economy comfort aboard all configurations of this aircraft. That said, I’d still recommend calling Delta to make certain there would be one available to you.

  6. Julio P on October 30, 2012

    Hi Jake! Would you happen to know whether you were flying on the 777-200LR or the 200ER? Do you know of any differences in the EC sections of the two aircraft? I’m flying the 77L froom LAX to ATL soon, and I’m considering your review in determining whether to upgrade or not. Thanks!

    • Jake Redman on October 31, 2012

      Hi Julio. This was a 777-200ER. To the best of my knowledge (please, anyone step in and correct me if I’m wrong) the Economy Comfort sections are identical on both the ER and the LR.

  7. ann on December 25, 2012

    Hi Jake,
    Thanks a lot for the info. Really helpful. Could you tell me if the armrests in the buckhead row could be lifted up? I am thinking if there is no one sits next to me, I can lie down? Maybe that is wishful thinking. Wonder if you have ever seen planes that empty. Thanks.

    • Jake Redman on December 26, 2012

      Hi Ann,

      Glad I could help. Planes that empty are rare but having a middle seat open happens from time to time. Armrests in the bulkhead house your tray table and video entertainment unit so there’s no way to move it out of the way for nap-time. You’d have to settle for the added recline you get with these economy comfort seats. -Jake

  8. ann on December 26, 2012

    oh yeah, i forgot about the tray tables. if there is no chance for row 32 to be completely empty then there is no need to scarify row 31. Thanks for the insight. – ann

  9. Dr. Frank Tillman on October 1, 2013

    You have provided an “invaluable” service and for that I am grateful. PLEASE keep them coming.

  10. Tykifla on October 14, 2013

    I just flew the same route from NRT-SIN in seat 44A. I like the exit rows because I am 6’2″. The down side to this seat is the lack of legroom due to the emergency exit door. I was fortunate that no one else was sitting in my row, so I moved to 44C, a much better choice for us tall guys.

    • modhop on December 8, 2013

      Those exit doors can be a doosy. I was just back aboard a KLM 747-400 combi and was reminded of how bulky the exit slide compartments attached to the door were.

  11. m walters on November 3, 2013

    Hi Jake!

    Thanks for the review. I love the video! Very informative. Quick question though, I have a choice between either exit row window or an aisle bulkhead economy comfort on the same plane. I’m flying LAX to Sydney.

    I haven’t flown economy comfort yet internationally and have instead always gone for the exit row window so I can prop my head up. I’m small, so the issue with the exit door in front of me is not a problem. In your experience, do you think there’s more recline to actually lay back somewhat compared to the exit row seats? I’m just wondering which seat would be more comfortable. Thanks for any insight you can offer!


    • modhop on November 4, 2013

      I personally prefer the aisle but know that having the wall to sleep on is a nice perk on long flights. If that’s what you’re used to, then it might be a good thing to stick to. The extra recline in Economy Comfort is certainly nice but I can still see a benefit in being able to lean against the wall for sleep. 31J offers both, which was great.

      • m walters on November 4, 2013

        Great, thanks so much for the advice. I would have loved to get 31J, but unfortunately it was already taken. Thanks!

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