With back-to-back trips to LAX
a few weeks ago, I decided to take the opportunity to do exactly that (compare the 764's of both operators).
On the outbound I flew Delta, because I needed a few more trips to ensure my Medallion status for the next year. I flew EWR
, with the ATL
leg on a 764. The pseudo-BizElite seats were decent, a step up from regular domestic first class but nowhere near what I would expect for a long haul, such as the upcoming ATL
trip, in excess of 9 hours. Service was just above average, and it was nice having a PTV as it was a daytime flight and I had no business to finish on the way. Food was up to par with a Continental midcon flight, such as IAH
Returning, I made up my mind to brave coach class, this time for just over 90 minutes on LAX
. I woke up very early for this one (I usually don't fly any earlier than 8am on my returns from a business trip, this one left at 6:30 or so), and brought a cup of coffee aboard to wake myself up. My favorite thing about DL
764's is how huge the coach cabin looks when you enter. It's a sea of seats, going almost all the way back. I took my seat at about the middle of the first cabin, and found the seat to be very tight. Legroom was pretty poor, but the seat was well padded. I fell asleep after the beverage service, and woke up on short final to SLC
Three days later, I took a CO
, connecting to another (Hawaii config). I flew EWR
in coach, even though my EUA cleared, just to see how it was. The extra inch of legroom was noticeable, and I think CO
's seats are a little thinner. However, they are not as cushy as DL
's, but the PTV's were key. Edge went to CO
in coach, I think.
I connected to the red-eye to LAX
, this time not playing games, I went in First. The miniature BF
cabin in front was full, and needless to say, I slept like a baby in my favorite business class seat. I don't see how CO
compare in the front cabin. They are two completely different products and should be viewed as such.
Bottom line, for a short to medium-haul, Delta's 764's are good, but since CO
's are long haul ships, they are bound to be more comfortable. Nevertheless, I was not disappointed by DL
, and I wouldn't hesitate to fly on one again (in First).