Yesterday I flew from Honolulu to Los Angeles in Delta First Class, the first time I have flown Delta in four years.
Overall, the flight was excellent. Service was particularly outstanding: both attentive and friendly. Although I was never addressed by name, the crew was very kind and definitely a high point on the flight.
My flight was operated by an internationally-configured 767-300 with lie-flat seating up front. While Delta’s premium seats are not my favorite lie-flat variant, it is a very comfortable ride to go from Honolulu to the Mainland.
Gogo Wi-Fi worked well throughout the flight, though the “loose” power outlet nearly drove me crazy. My laptop cable kept falling out and I ended up propping it up with my water bottle.
Delta uses Westin-branded bedding and the pillow and blanket were very plush.
Kudos to Delta for a great lavatory configuration. I loved having move to room around and brush my teeth without spitting on myself, like so many congested airline lavatories. Delta also uses Malin & Goetz soap, which smells great.
I enjoyed a great selection of in-flight movies, though selection was no better than what a typical United flight offers.
Meal service was a surprise, and not in a good way. I was expecting menus and a sundae cart, but service was actually much simpler than my usual trip on United (and I’m not comparing it the special final 747 flight). Meal orders were taken prior to pushback, with a choice between salmon with potatoes or beef hoison with rice.
No warmed nuts were served prior to the meal, just a snack basket with cookies, pretzels, or almonds.
The meal itself was served on a single tray and contained only a salad, main course, and small container of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.
It was a perfectly fine meal, but I was surprised there was no appetizer and dessert was so economy-esque.
FAs roamed the cabin often over the next few hours offering drink refills and additional selections from the snack basket.
We landed about 30 minutes early in Los Angeles.
That’s the mini-report. I’ll have more details in the full trip report, but I 1.) enjoyed flying Delta very much but 2.) will stick to United.