Delta Air Lines First Class Flight 447 New York JFK-Atlanta – Review

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The first-class cabin on the McDonnell-Douglas MD-88 aircraft had 16 recliner seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration with a wide armrest in between each pair of seats. My seat, 1A, was 19.6″ wide with a seat pitch of 37″ inches although, because it was a bulkhead seat, it had a far more spacious feeling.

It was quite comfortable for the two-hour flight, both for relaxing as well as for doing some work. The tray table, located in one of the armrests, made for a decent desk in addition to serving as a dining table.


Our takeoff over Jamaica Bay provided an opportunity to photograph the sun reflecting in the water and made for a very pleasant departure.


Delta aircraft in Atlanta

Once at cruising altitude, the flight attendant working in first took breakfast orders and began the service. The cold-cut platter turned out to be one of the best breakfasts I’ve had on a short-haul flight on any airline. It came with sliced ham and turkey, two kinds of cheese, fresh bread and butter, as well as a fruit cup with a variety of berries and grapes and yoghurt.

The breakfast was accompanied by coffee (not bad for airline blend) and apple juice. The flight attendant was very attentive to her charges and was constantly working the aisle, offering beverages and checking whether anything else were needed.

The MD-88 had the older Gogo air-to-ground Wi-Fi service, which was useable but not overly fast. I was able to chat with colleagues in the office and attend to some writing under deadline and urgent e-mail.


We landed on time at 11:02 a.m. although it apparently took longer to taxi to the gate than planned as we pulled up to the gate at 11:11. Block to block, the trip took two hours and 42 minutes.

Since I only had my carry-on bags, I was one of the first off the aircraft and was almost immediately en route to my meeting.


The combination of an on-time departure and excellent in-flight service made for a pleasant and productive flight. I don’t travel to Atlanta very often but I certainly will opt for Delta the next time around.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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