Boarding this flight was particularly exciting for me. It wasn’t the first time I had flown in business class and it certainly won’t be the last. I was just really excited to be going home to my own bed.
Delta Business Class or Delta One as they call it is many steps above economy and economy comfort. You get an endless selection of entertainment (now available to everyone), an endless selection of the delicious airplane food (yes I said delicious and airplane food in the same sentence), and an endless selection of alcohol and fine wines.
Sky Priority is a given for those in Business Class. This means that you get access to the short lines in security, getting your passport stamped, and for boarding the plane. It feels pretty good to be treated like you are someone and to not have your time wasted in lines.
Once you board the plane, the front has a 1-2-1 layout, which seems to be pretty standard. Booking a center seat is great if you are traveling with someone as you can easily converse with your travel companion through the center. However, if you are traveling alone and prefer your privacy and being able to look out the windows, definitely go with a single window seat.
Once you are settled in your seat, the flight attendants come around offering orange juice, some kind of wine, and some kind of beer. Don’t drink alcohol just yet, wait until they come round next time with the beverage cart just before they serve the food.
We’ve all heard the stories of the terrible and dreaded airplane food. Food that appears to be nothing more than a cheap TV dinner barely warmed up. This food was far from stereotypical. It looked like something you might get at a fancy restaurant.
Unfortunately, when it came time to ordering my first choice and second choice were already sold out. It didn’t bother me that much as I had already tried my first choice dish, grilled beef tenderloin, on the flight to Amsterdam a month earlier. It was heaven, like butter that cut perfectly with the butter knife they give you. I wanted to try it again but ended up with a frittata instead. Even after eating it, I still don’t know what a frittata is. It was good though. And was a light meal which is what you really need when flying long haul.
All the food was amazing.
When it came time to the main meal, the flight attendant made a mistake and gave me the fish instead of the frittata. But once I told her I don’t eat fish (it is just too fishy, pun might be intended), she quickly made it right and brought me the frittata instead.
For my drink, I ordered a white Spanish wine. It was so good I had a second glass. I make it a point not to drink too much when they provide free alcohol though. Drinking alcohol dehydrates a person, combine that with the dehydrating effects of just sitting on the plane and you could have a real problem. If you do choose to drink the alcohol, be sure to drink plenty of water. Which is something you should be doing anyway on long haul flights.
After the main meal was dessert. I chose the chocolate mousse. It came with a sliced strawberry to add color. I’ve never had white chocolate mousse before and was pleasantly surprised that it, too, was delicious.
The I curled up for a three-hour nap. Is it just me, or do you find it really hard to sleep, no matter how tired you are, when it is daylight outside the plane?
About an hour and a half before landing, we had our second meal which consisted of a French dip with caramelized onions (not really a dip, but I get they don’t want a bowl of liquid on the plane), a small salad, and another yummy roll.
One of the things I love about flying on Delta is their entertainment system. Normally, planes put me right to sleep. However, when I cannot sleep, I want something to do that doesn’t kill my phone battery (like Temple Run 2, I really cannot get enought of that game while 36,000 feet in the air!). Delta has made their entire entertainment Studio available to everyone free of charge. I think that is a phenomenal decision!
I ended up watching three movies on the flight. They were Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, The 5th Wave, and The Jungle Book. All three were movies I had been wanting to see. But they have a huge selection of other films too. Many of the movies have subtitles for various languages or are in other languages to begin with. Some of my favorite movies on the Delta Studio are the ones in Japanese. Since I am learning Japanese, it gives me an opportunity to practice my language skills while flying. But that is a story for a different day.
Finally, we get to the seat.
This is the first time I have flown in a business class window seat, and I have to say, I do like it. I’ve always been partial to window seats anyway.
When you first get on the plane, the seat is full of bedding, a pillow, headphones, and an amenity pouch. I usually stuff the bedding in the upper compartment until I am ready to use it. That way you have more space to stretch out and relax as you settle in.
Unfortunately, you do have to have your seat upright until the aircraft reaches 10,000 feet, but then after that play around with the buttons and turn it into a recliner. When it is time to lay it all the way down and sleep, you may (if you are taller than 6 ft) find that there isn’t enough space to stretch out entirely. I’m 6 ft 2 in and my toes were a bit smushed. But that is just the way life is when you are tall. No helping it.
Finally, sit back, relax, and enjoy your business class flight.
Have you ever flown in business class?
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