Delta Air Lines First Class New York JFK-Havana, Cuba – Flight Review

By Jonathan Spira on 11 July 2017
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Ever since regularly scheduled air service became available to Cuba, I had been thinking about a quick trip to see Havana. The city of Hemingway, Havana had long held a fascination for me unlike any other city, perhaps because it was forbidden, perhaps because it was so vibrant, exotic, and mysterious.

Currently, six U.S. airlines, namely American, Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United, offer non-stop flights to Havana and other cities in Cuba from gateway cities that include Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, and New York.

Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport was quiet and there was no one ahead of me on line in the Sky Priority private check-in area. My favorite agent, Jonathan, welcomed me and, when he saw I was heading to Havana, escorted me to a special check-in area where the agents have been trained on the unique aspects of the check-in process for Cuba. These include signing a statement attesting to my reason for the visit (since tourism visits are not yet permitted), getting a boarding pass with a special stamp on it indicating that I have paid for my medical insurance while in Cuba (included as a separate fee with my ticket), and purchasing my visa for the nation island ($50).


It was off to the Sky Club to enjoy breakfast on the open-air Sky Deck. On this particular day, cornmeal with coconut was on the menu and it was not only an appropriately tropical sendoff for my trip but also very satisfying.


Gate 25 was only a short walk from the Sky Club and I was surprised to see that boarding hadn’t yet begun. Indeed, it was delayed by about 20 minutes to resolve an issue with the aircraft and the gate agents were proactive in keeping passengers informed of the flight’s status.

Delta invites its first-class passengers to board the aircraft first and I was the first in the cabin. A member of the airline’s technical operations team was not far behind (he travels to and from Havana to address any issues the aircraft might have while on its brief turnaround since Delta does not keep any maintenance staff there).

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