Delta One/BusinessElite Moscow-New York – Flight Review
Sheremetyevo International Airport is one of the three major airports that serve Moscow and is Delta Air Lines’ home in Russia. Delta inherited the route from Pan Am, the first U.S. carrier to fly to Russia, at the time the Soviet Union, after Pan Am’s demise in 1991, and now operates a non-stop flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport five times a week.
After a few days in Moscow, I was off to Sheremetyevo for my return flight. While friends had told me not to get my expectations up, I found Terminal D to be airy and well lighted. While it was necessary to go through a security checkpoint just to enter the terminal, I soon was at Delta’s check-in area.
Delta provides dedicated SkyPriority check-in lines for travelers flying Delta One, the airline’s business class, as well as for those flyers with higher-level elite status. There was one person ahead of me in line and I waited a mere three minutes for a brief check-in procedure. A second security checkpoint was about as easy and pleasant to get through as the first, as was passport control. Once airside, I proceeded to the Aeroflot lounge, which was modern, comfortable, and offered a selection of mid-morning appropriate food as well as a variety of comfortable places to sit.
The walk to the gate revealed an airport with a variety of restaurants, shops, and lounges with great tarmac views in many places provided by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Delta operates flights to and from Russia using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. They have a large 36 seat business-class cabin, with 29 seats in Economy Comfort +, the airline’s premium-economy lite section, and 143 in coach.