Delta Air Lines First Class Flight 447 New York JFK-Atlanta – Review

By Paul Riegler on 3 February 2015
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The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and the Tuesday that preceded the holiday was no exception. However, there’s no exemption when duty calls. A reluctant traveler, I arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 for my Delta flight to Atlanta expecting to find chaos but things were relatively orderly at 7:30 in the morning.

It took no time to go from curbside through the PreCheck security checkpoint to the Sky Club and there was ample time to stop for a bowl of oatmeal and a coffee. The Sky Club has increased its morning breakfast offerings and people in the lounge were enjoying bagels, fruit, and pastries.


Delta invites its first-class passengers to board first, followed by Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Medallion SkyMiles members.


Boarding started at 8:00 a.m., half an hour prior to departure, and was already in progress when I arrived at the gate. Using the Sky Priority lane I was able to board quickly without any wait although there was a short line on the jet bridge.

Once aboard, a flight attendant offered to hang up my jacket and served an apple juice pre-departure beverage.


The aircraft pushed back from the gate one minutes early and was wheels up at 8:55 a.m., exactly as scheduled. Once we attained 10,000 feet, the captain announced that flight time would be two hours and seven minutes, 35 minutes less than expected and that we would be at the gate shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time.

The weather was partly cloudy with 10 miles visibility and winds out of the southwest at 40 mph (26 km/h). We settled in at a 36,000-foot cruising altitude.

From New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the flight path took us in a southwesterly direction over central New Jersey, crossing across the Pennsylvania state line near Trenton, continuing over Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. After crossing over the southeast most tip of Georgia west of Greenville, we were over the state of Georgia and proceeded to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlantic International Airport.

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