Founded in 1924, Delta Air Lines (DL) is one of the world's oldest operating airlines. It operates 13 hubs worldwide, the largest of which is located at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The airline flies to about 335 destinations worldwide throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. A founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, Delta also has codeshare agreements with seven other airlines. The airline's fleet of 809 aircraft includes Airbus, Boeing and McDonnell Douglass planes. Depending on the aircraft, planes may include First Class, Business Class, Delta One (international Business Class), Delta Comfort+ (Premium Economy Class), Main Cabin (a form of Economy Class) or Basic Economy cabins.
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Thanks to a nice bump voucher and a very good 1st class DeltaMileageRun price from Chicago to San Francisco, I decided to jump on the chance to fly the 717-200 Delta has taken from Air Tran (Southwest paid to refurb the jets to Delta specs).
A smaller brother of the MD series, it is basically a big regional jet. First impressions are: it is nice!
The first class section has a very similar seat to the 737-900 but no IFE & power is under and between the seats but is there.
The air controls are like older jets but work fine and the light is non-LED and strong.
It’s funny, my FA’s on the flight hated the galley on the jet (I chatted them up a bit pre-flight).
The bulkhead row is a bit tight so if you want leg room avoid row 1st class if leg room matters to you.
The front row of EC is a winner choice. Especially the 2 seat side as you have a bit of a buffer from the 1st class taking up more room.
The other side is not bad either for leg room with only a curtain separating coach and 1st.
The Exit rows have some nice leg room especially the one with the no seat in front of you.
I have to say the captain was great allowing me on early to take photos.
Compared to ANY other regional jet this one is a clear winner. Have you had a chance to ride on the 717-200 yet? Do you like the “new”, to Delta that is, replacement jet for many regional jet routes? – René
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