Delta BusinessElite London-Minneapolis Flight 41 – Review
The longest leg of my mileage run at the end of 2013 was a Delta flight from London’s Heathrow Airport to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This meant using Terminal 4, the second newest terminal at the airport.
Built in 1986 at a cost of £200 million, it served as British Airways’ home in London for two decades although it was ill-suited for long-haul flights. Once BA moved to the new Terminal 5 in 2008, T4 underwent a £200 million renovation and became the base for members of the SkyTeam alliance.
This trip was the first time I used T4 since BA’s tenancy and it was a very different T4. Since I had already saved my boarding pass in Passbook I headed directly to the security checkpoint, which had a much shorter line and seemed to be moving much faster than my last time here. The staff were noticeably more pleasant as well.
After security, I headed straight for the SkyTeam lounge, which is open to passengers on any of the SkyTeam airlines serving London including, of course, Delta. The lounge provides a variety of amenities, from a wine bar to a wellness center to showers and day beds. I just sat and watched the planes go by for a while before heading to the gate.
Delta operates flight 41 with a Boeing 767-400. Up front, it has a rather large business-class cabin with 40 seats, followed by 28 premium-economy seats and 178 in coach.
When I arrived at the gate, boarding had already begun and I used the SkyPriority line to board without having to wait behind two hundred people.
The cabin crew was busy welcoming passengers (as well as directing those who still quite can’t quite grasp the concept of seat row numbering).
I settled into my seat, 1A, and watched the world go by.