Delta Flight 6294 Nashville New York LaGuardia First Class – Review

By Paul Riegler on 9 September 2011
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Nashville International Airport, originally Berry Field, Nashville (from which its IATA code of BNA is derived), is served by 14 airlines.  There are 45 scheduled non-stop flights to domestic destinations as well as two international destinations.  The current terminal, built in 1987, has been extensively renovated and is light and airy.

Delta has multiple flights from BNA to LGA, operated by Comair and other partners under the Delta Connection brand.

There were no lines at the security checkpoint and I had printed my boarding pass in the hotel, so I was able to proceed directly to the gate without any delay.

While I waited to board, I noticed that the gate agent was very friendly and helpful to waiting passengers requiring assistance.  A mark of true southern hospitality.


Boarding started approximately 40 minutes prior to departure and was fast and efficient.  I gate-checked my roll-aboard bag as I boarded.

First class passengers were invited to board first.  Pre-departure beverages were offered once on board.


This flight was on a Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet.

The aircraft had three rows of first class seats in a 1-2 configuration, for a total of nine seats.  Although the seat was narrower and the pitch was less than on the Delta Boeing 757-200 I was on a few days earlier, I felt like I had more space and the seats were very comfortable.  The seat pitch was 35” and width 18.5”.

Once we got to our cruising altitude, the flight attendants were in the aisle offering a choice of drinks and some light snacks.  The crew was very friendly and helpful and passengers were offered additional refreshments throughout the flight.


We began our descent into New York and arrived a few minutes ahead of schedule at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), the busiest airport in the U.S. that doesn’t provide non-stop service to Europe.

Once at the gate, it only took  moments for gate-checked luggage to appear next to the aircraft door.


With the addition of first-class seating and Wi-Fi (my flight didn’t have it but almost all Delta Connection planes will provide it shortly), regional jet flying has changed dramatically for the better.  Combining comfortable seating with friendly and efficient service and an early arrival made for a great trip and makes me far more likely to consider other regional jet flights in the future.

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