Delta BusinessElite Flight 466 New York-Moscow – Review

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With about six hours to go, it was time for sleep. I prepared my bed and donned the Tumi-branded eyeshade supplied. While I did get about four hours of sleep, it was not as much as I would have liked and I attribute this in part to my mild discomfort due to the smaller size of the foot well in my pod.

I woke up, however, to hear the sounds of breakfast being served. It might have been just after midnight my time but I was hungry. Breakfast was comprised of yogurt, a very large bowl of excellent honey-almond granola accompanied by strawberries, a bowl of fresh fruit, and two Danish served with jam. For my “morning” beverages, I had coffee and apple juice.

ARRIVAL

After eight hours and 39 minutes in the air, and nine hours and 21 minutes block to block, we arrived at the gate 19 minutes ahead of schedule.

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Delta allows business-class passengers to disembark before others and I was soon on my way to passport control, for which there was virtually no line. I was soon in a house car en route to the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, which was to open its doors officially the next day.

BOTTOM LINE

For my first-ever flight to Russia, I couldn’t have imagined being in better hands than Neeltje Kline’s, our purser.

At various points during the flight I was fortunate enough to have time to chat off the record with Neeltje about her experiences flying this route, both for Pan Am and Delta, and these conversations made me feel that I was following in the footsteps of those first passengers in 1968.

While the food wasn’t perfect and the sleeping quarters were cramped compared to what I’m used to, the service was first rate and I feel privileged to have flown with her in charge.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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