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Delta Boarding Procedure - Have They Changed It?  
User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3989 times:

A while back there was a rumor that DL would be slightly changing the Zone boarding process from the original Zone assignments to a Window->Middle->Aisle system.

Does anyone know if this has infact happened?


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User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

It did. Back in Feb.

Basically window-aisle, rear-forward.



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User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Quoting DeltaMIA (Reply 1):
It did. Back in Feb.

Basically window-aisle, rear-forward.

Really? I've flown over three dozen times on Delta in the past 3 months and have never experienced this. Are they testing it on certain flights?


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3903 times:

A couple of questions (from curiosity I guess) since I haven't been affected by this (all Zone 1/2)...

Is it still broken down back/front/back/front/back/front or is it more of an inverted triangle now?

Does this apply only to mainline, or is DL Connection going the WilMA road as well?


User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3898 times:

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 2):
Really? I've flown over three dozen times on Delta in the past 3 months and have never experienced this. Are they testing it on certain flights?

I haven't noticed it either, but I never board beyond Zone 2...



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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3771 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3860 times:

Flew DL two weeks ago & they were still using zone boarding.

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User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3815 times:

Quoting Positiverate (Reply 2):
Really? I've flown over three dozen times on Delta in the past 3 months and have never experienced this. Are they testing it on certain flights?

It wasn't supposed to be noticed by passengers. However if you 29D on a M88 and your seat mate has 29E. You will notice they are zone 4 while you are zone 5.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 3):
Is it still broken down back/front/back/front/back/front or is it more of an inverted triangle now?

Does this apply only to mainline, or is DL Connection going the WilMA road as well?

Inverted triangle is good. Kind of like short V's and U's down the plane.

It is on all aircraft, but DCI is just for the sake of consistency. I mean how much faster can you board a 50 seat airplane.

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 4):
I haven't noticed it either, but I never board beyond Zone 2...

Don't like the exit rows then? You must book your seat well in advance to always be in the front of the coach cabin (or zone 1 obviously).

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 5):
Flew DL two weeks ago & they were still using zone boarding.

The question wasn't whether zone boarding exists, it was just how the zones are assigned based on seating.



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3775 times:

I flew them back during Spring Break and did not notice window boarding before aisle. I had a window seat and boarded with pretty much everyone else. But then again it might have been the case I wasn't payin exact attention. I am supposed to fly them in less than a month so I'll watch out for it.


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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4750 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Quoting DeltaMIA (Reply 6):
Don't like the exit rows then? You must book your seat well in advance to always be in the front of the coach cabin (or zone 1 obviously).

Umm NO! I havn't been in coach on Delta (mainline) since January. I'm a Medallion member and usually get upgraded to F (which is ZONE 1), or if I do sit in coach, whether I sit in the first row of coach, the last or the exit rows, I always board Zone 2.



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3725 times:

My parents didnt last week in MLB,LAS nor ATL. I'm surprised though. They sat together, and had the same zones.

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User currently offlineDeltaMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1672 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3708 times:

Quoting Alitalia744 (Reply 8):
Umm NO! I havn't been in coach on Delta (mainline) since January. I'm a Medallion member and usually get upgraded to F (which is ZONE 1), or if I do sit in coach, whether I sit in the first row of coach, the last or the exit rows, I always board Zone 2.

Well Zone 2 is the front half of coach and Zone 3 is the back half of coach for medallion flyers. It is necessary to break down medallion preboarding because of the sheer number on certain flights. Many stations do board zones 2 and 3 at the same time, but there is a separation based on location of the plane.

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 9):
My parents didnt last week in MLB,LAS nor ATL. I'm surprised though. They sat together, and had the same zones.

If you are in the same reservation you are going to have the same zone. If your 29A and 29B on a M88 you will have zone 4. If your 29B and 29C you will have zone 5. If they were in different reservations then 29A would have zone 4 and 29B would have zone 5. This way the window boards before the middle or aisle seat.



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8675 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3705 times:

Cool thanks DeltaMIA. Your post get better and better each time. Welcome to my RU list.

MCOflyer



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

Quoting DeltaMIA (Reply 6):
Don't like the exit rows then? You must book your seat well in advance to always be in the front of the coach cabin (or zone 1 obviously).

Seems that many of the flights I'm on get the exit rows taken first. I've booked another 20 or so DL flights this year (still have 2 trips to BOS, 1 trip to LGA and 1 trip to STL to book) and the only flights I'm in exit rows are CRJs and a pair of 767-300s to/from SEA (can't beat 27A/G...most legroom of any seat on the plane). With most of my hops though being >90 minutes, I'll gladly take a seat in Rows 11-13 or so and be the amongst the first off...on a tight connection in ATL on a full M80 and sitting in 25E can mean me making like an Olympic runner, except the 100,000 fans at the stadium are the 100,000 fellow Delta customers I'm trying to dodge as I run to my gate.


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