Flight Review: Delta First Class New York-LaGuardia/Marine Air Terminal – Chicago

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FLIGHT PLAN

The Embraer 175, operated by Republic Airways for Delta, pushed back from the gate at 10:10 a.m., five minutes early. We proceeded from the gate to the runway without stopping and were wheels up at 10:22 a.m., two minutes ahead of schedule.

Our flight path took us on a northeasterly heading from LaGuardia over the Queens and Westchester. The sunny and blue skies afforded an excellent view of where the East River meets Long Island Sound and the two bridge crossings there, the Whitestone and the Throgs Neck. Turning west, we continued over northern New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, and southwest New York State. We crossed over Lake Erie and briefly continued in Canadian airspace westward over Ontario, and reentered U.S. airspace near Lake Michigan. At that point, we headed south towards Indiana and then west for the final approach into Chicago O’Hare.

Although we got an early start, we landed 18 minutes later than expected in Chicago, at 11:37 a.m. local time. Despite this, our early streak continued and we were at the gate 14 minutes early at 11:46 a.m.

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The author’s seat

SEAT COMFORT

My seat, 3A, was in the middle of the first-class cabin. On the Embraer 175, first-class seats are in a 1-2 configuration, while coach is 2-2. One of the reasons I like the left side of the plane is the privacy it affords with a single seat. Seat pitch for first on the aircraft is 37” and the width is 20” with a decent enough recline.

Delta did not provide its new Westin Heavenly In-Flight blanket on this flight but it did include a pitifully thin pillow, one of the few places the airline really needs to up its game given the truly excellent bedding it has in its Delta One business-class cabin.

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