Delta Flight 5950 Chicago-New York LaGuardia First Class

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We were originally scheduled to depart at 3:30 p.m. and boarding started at 5:05 p.m., still much earlier than my original departure time of 7:30 p.m., with a planned flight time of one hour an 40 minutes.  We pushed back at 5:43 p.m. and were airborne about 10 minutes later, with minimal wait for takeoff.

Once underway, the captain apologized for the delay and said we were on an easterly course that would take us over Lake Michigan, along the Michigan/Indiana border, over Ohio and Central Pennsylvania, on course to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.  Once at cruising altitude, we enjoyed sunny skies and only a small amount of turbulence along the way.

We landed at 8:23 p.m. and were at the gate three minutes later.  Even though the flight arrived almost two hours late, I arrived two hours earlier than originally planned.



Delta’s first-class cabin on the E170 has nine first-class seats.  While they don’t have leg or foot rests, they are nonetheless quite comfortable.  The seats are arranged in a 1-2 configuration, one of the reasons I like first class on this plane:  with 1A, I have the best of two worlds, a window seat and direct aisle access.

Each seat is 20” wide and has a pitch of 37”.  My bulkhead seat had noticeably more space than the other two rows in the cabin.

No power outlets are available at the seats, although Delta does offer Wi-Fi through its partner Gogo.  Unfortunately, and perhaps ironically, given that I spent the day at Gogo headquarters in Chicago, the service was inoperative on this flight.

The aircraft also provides 12 premium-economy seats, which are 18.5” wide with a seat pitch of 34” and in a 2-2 configuration ahead of the main cabin, which has an additional 48 seats.


As I settled into my seat passengers streamed into the aircraft, happy to be finally on the way.  We soon found out how warm it could get on board – the plane was not equipped with an auxiliary power unit, or APU, and the gate power we were plugged into wasn’t sufficient to cool the aircraft.  Nonetheless, Ella, the flight attendant in the first-class cabin, greeted passengers cheerfully as they boarded.

Most flights to and from Chicago serve a meal but mid-afternoon flights are an exception.  Even though ours was departing at 5:05 p.m., a time that would normally be in the dinner window, it was still the 3:30 p.m. flight and catered accordingly with a snack basket.

Once we attained our cruising altitude, Ella was in the cabin, offering drinks and following up with snacks, which included a choice of fresh fruit, peanuts, pretzels, potato chips, and other goodies.

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