Delta BusinessElite Flight 1565 New York-JFK San Francisco – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 2 February 2012
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Terminal 2 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport opened in 1962 and was used by Northeast Airlines, Braniff, and Northwest Airlines until Pan American World Airways took it over following the demise of Northeast and Braniff.

Following Pan Am’s demise it was taken over by Delta Air Lines, as was the Pan Am Worldport next door.  First- and business-class passengers as well as SkyMiles Medallion and SkyTeam Elite Plus can proceed directly to a dedicated SkyPriority drop-off level that is far more quiet and relaxed than one would expect at a busy airport.

Since I already had my electronic boarding pass on my smartphone, I proceeded directly to the security checkpoint, which was devoid of passengers (this was the case for the SkyPriority line as well as the regular line).  Clearing security took a matter of seconds and the full-body scanners were not in use when I was there.

I moved on to the SkyClub since I had more than an hour before my scheduled departure time.  It was a bit crowded, which I found surprising as both the drop-off point and the security checkpoint had been empty, but I found a comfortable seat and relaxed with a glass of apple juice and sparkling water (known in German as an Apfelschorle).


Boarding for the 5:15 p.m. departure started around 4:45 and the gate was very close to the SkyClub so I gathered my things and headed over.

Boarding had already begun by the time I arrived but I was able to board immediately using the SkyPriority lane that is dedicated to passengers traveling (on this flight) in BusinessElite as well as for higher-level Medallion members of the SkyMiles program.

Once inside the Boeing 757-200, I found a blanket and pillow as well as a bottle of water and a red amenity kit at my seat.   Flight attendants were in the aisle offering pre-departure beverages and to hang up coats and jackets.


Our aircraft, a single-aisle Boeing 757-200 configured for the domestic BusinessElite service (known internally as the 75E), featured comfortable seats in a 2-2 configuration.  Pitch was 55″, width is 19.5″, and the seat reclined to a comfortable position of 150°.    The seats were electronically controlled and easily adjustable.  I was able to configure the seat for all of my needs including taking a nap and doing some work.

This was my first time flying on a Delta transcon and I was very pleasantly surprised by the comfortable cabin (as well as by the fact that we received an amenity kit on a domestic flight).

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