So just yesterday I was able to fly Delta Airlines from Denver to Salt Lake City. Let me take a moment to say how impressed and in awe of Delta I am. Not only have they proven over and over that they are constantly on time and a friendly and incredible carrier, but they have not given me one bad moment at all, which other carriers like United, Southwest, and Spirit have. Below is a full trip report in words and photos. Enjoy everyone :D
Boarding 6:35 AM:
I arrived at the gate and did some early morning plane spotting as aircraft were landing runway 34R (right over Peña Blvd) and passing by the Western windows of Concourse A at roughly 30-40 feet above the ground. Anyways, the flight began boarding a few minutes early. I was the 5th person on the aircraft. Let me just say how amazing Delta and the MD-90 is. The seats were incredible spacious, wide, with outstanding legroom. The only thing I thought was a little bit of a bummer is how low their windows are. On the A319-321 the top of the windows reach above my head but on the MD-90 I had to lean forward and duck to look out the window. But that’s a menial complain and nothing Delta can help.
PreDeparture 6:43 AM
When I arrived at my seat I sat down. First thing I noticed was the bottled water. Nice little gesture by Delta. Almost right after I sat down a very friendly female flight attendant came to me and asked what I would like to drink. I asked for an orange juice with ice. The above photo shows both the bottle water and the orange juice. The boarding swept by for me as I drank my OJ and did my usual videos on the seat, safety card magazine, etc for my YouTube channel.
The First Class Privileges During Flight 7:30 AM
As the above photo shows, when I got to my seat I found the water and more importantly I found a blanket and pillow waiting for me. Keep in mind as I stare all of this that this trip was roughly 58 Minutes. I went in to first class knowing that I wouldn’t get much for such a short hop but boy was I wrong. The pillow and blanket were an incredibly thoughtful touch along with the pre departure drinks. Delta had so far impressed me out of my wits and we hadn’t even pushed back yet.
We pushed back and departed off of runway 34L and traveled over a lot of Montana before arriving into Salt Lake City via a north—>south trajectory.
Inflight service throughout the flight was nothing short of exemplary. They came through the cabin after we reached Cruising Altitude. They first asked for any drink requests. I asked for a coffee and they brought me a nice hot steaming mug of it. This was my first time ever using an actual mug Inflight. It’s a feeling I will never forget. The snack options were incredible as well. Choices ranged from chips, cookies, granola bars, bananas, apples, cheese sticks, trail mix, and more. I got a bag (as shown in the photo above) of this really interesting mix of pretzels and chips. Later in the flight they came by again and I took an extra pack for the Frontier flight home (thus saving a purchase I would have had to make on Frontier).
The tray table was nice and very sturdy. The legroom was so much I could fully stretch my legs and still just barely reach the ends of my shoes under the seat in front of me. The flight attendants always made sure I had something in my cup or offered snacks. They even came through asking if anyone needed help with WiFi. I used the complimentary version and just watched two episodes of Big Bang (all you can watch in 58 minutes).
So how was the flight?
I rate the flight 5/5 for the incredible service and the above and beyond call of duty that these cabin crew and pilots made. Not only were the cabin crew incredible but the pilots kept us constantly aware of any reason for a delay. They even came over the PA to tell us about the salt lake we were descending over (how Salt Lake City got its name).
I rate the experience in First Class 5/5 and the most memorable flight I will ever have. I felt pampered and treated like I was a highly esteemed guest and not just some avgeek who sprang for the upgrade. Delta treatedme with respect and courtesy and never looked down on me for my age. I was the youngest first class passenger. The next youngest was a man in his 40s. So yeah it was kind of weird having a bunch of businessmen and little old me 😂
That’s all from me. What’s your thoughts?