Flight Review: Delta Air Lines First Class New York (JFK) – Phoenix

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There wasn’t an empty seat in the aircraft and it took a while to complete boarding, but we pushed back from the gate six minutes early, at 4:53 p.m., and began to taxi to the runway. We then waited on an adjacent taxiway along with several dozen other aircraft for over 40 minutes, in part because airport authorities were trying to deal with a drone that had flown over one of the runways.

Finally we were wheels-up at 5:55 p.m., roughly 45 minutes later than scheduled.

Our route took us southwest from JFK towards Pennsylvania and then Columbus, Ohio; continuing slightly north of St. Louis, Missouri. We passed over Kansas City, Missouri, flew over the border where Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma meet, and continued slightly north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. And then started our final approach to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


We touched down at 7:29 p.m. local time, 16 minutes early despite the earlier delay, and were at the gate five minutes later, giving us an arrival time of 7:34 p.m. that was ten minutes ahead of schedule.


Since my last 757 trip on Delta, the airline installed all-new seats in the aircraft. The first-class cabin has five rows with seats in a 2-2 configuration and were very much like the new first-class seats in Delta’s 737-900s. My seat was 21” wide and had 37” of pitch as well as the advantage of not having another seat in front of it.

Other upgrades to the cabin included new in-seat video systems, satellite TV, power outlets for every passenger, updated LED lighting, new and better laid-out lavatories, and larger capacity overhead bins.

Each seat has an individual USB outlet located facing the passenger on the side of the center console; an electrical outlet was on the front of the console and a headphone jack for the in-flight entertainment system was located next to the USB outlet.

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