Delta BusinessElite Flight 1940 San Francisco to New York JFK – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 9 May 2012
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Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport is decidedly less glamorous than the newly-constructed Terminal 2, but this is what Delta Air Lines calls home in the Bay Area for domestic flights.

Arriving uncharacteristically early with my boarding pass in hand I proceeded to the security checkpoint.  Delta offers its first- and business-class passengers the use of the SkyPriority line, which came in handy since there were only a handful of passengers waiting versus the regular line, which was quite busy.

Once through security, I had an hour to relax in the Delta Sky Club, which was a quiet and comfortable refuge.


I was at the gate when boarding started for this 11:30 a.m. flight.  Delta boards its BusinessElite passengers first and then offers boarding to Medallion members of its SkyMiles frequent flyer program who have achieved diamond, platinum, gold, or silver status.

BusinessElite and higher-level Medallion members can also board at any time via the SkyPriority.


Delta uses specially-configured Boeing 757-200 aircraft for its BusinessElite transcon routes from New York to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The seats are in a 2-2 configuration with 55” pitch and a seatback that reclines to 150°.  The seats were electronically controlled and easy to adjust.  If you can’t find a comfortable position to dine, relax, and do some work, something is wrong.

Once on board, I noticed a flurry of pre-departure activities.  Flight attendants were offering beverages and hanging up coats and jackets.  A blanket and pillow, as well as a bottle of water and a red amenity kit, had been left at my seat.

Overall, I found the cabin quite comfortable and I was impressed that Delta provides an amenity kit with socks and eyeshades on the flight.  There are electrical outlets at each seat and no adapter is required.

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