As many of you know, on Thursday (February 7, 2019) this past week I had the opportunity to fly on the inaugural Delta A220 flight, from LaGuardia to Boston Logan. This is the trip report for that flight. Hopefully you enjoy it!
The video has been released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Yjp5W_Kag
Flight #: DL744
Carrier: Delta Airlines
just a forewarning, there is more than 10 pics in the post, but I think the occasion is special enough for that
The night before the flight, I drove up to NYC, to stay in a hotel. After getting only 5 hours of sleep, it was time to wake up at 4am ET. I left the hotel at 4:30, and arrived at LGA’s terminal C at 4:45. I already checked in the day before, so allI had to do was go through security, which took only a couple of minutes.
The gate my flight was departing from was C38, and that is where I went, to find a delightful party celebrating the launch into service.
Pastries, yogurt, and coffee were served
Here is our ride, N102DU, a 2 month old aircraft. I love the distinct cockpit look!
Two speeches were given, one by Chuck Imhof (VP of East Sales at Delta) and the other by Ginny Elliott (director of LGA airport operations for Delta).
Following the two speeches, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place.
A fun thing to note about this celebration were some of the people I saw there. Some people I recognized were Jeb Brooks (YouTuber), ThePointsGuy (Blogger), Chris Sloan (writer), Ben Wang (writer), and also @Emiliano_Padilla.
After the celebration, it was time to board at around 5:30am. I settled into my seat 11A, in the Economy Comfort+ cabin. It featured 34 in of pitch, 18.6 in of width, an large IFE screen, and a power port.
11A, my seat for the flight
We pushed back right on time at 6:00am , and then made our way to runway 13 for departure.
Lining up on runway 13
The takeoff was spectacular, as the engines are incredibly quiet. Compared to a 757-200, this aircraft has a quieter takeoff than a 757 taxiing!
Above the clouds
We reached our cruising altitude of FL210, and as soon as the seatbelt sign came off I joined the line to look at the bathroom in the back, which was about 10 people deep.
The cabin was lit blue, which was pretty nice
And here is the famous bathroom! It is very spacious and super clean, but the window is the best part! This beats any narrowbody (or widebody) bathroom!
After only a 6 minute cruise, we were already descending into BOS
We quickly approached the rainy and foggy Boston, and broke through the low cloud cover to touch down on runway 4R
A lengthy taxi took us to gate A8, where this flight terminated
After the engines were shut down, I went up to the cockpit to have a look. It is mainly electronic, and features a fly-by-wire system. It looks very futuristic and modern, maybe someone on the IFC may pilot this aircraft in the future!
The A220-100 cockpit
Thank you so much for reading! This, simply put, was a spectacular flight. The only downside was that the flight was delayed by 1 week, which caused me to lose my first class seat. No complaints though, I am just thankful that I was able to be on this!
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