petazulu
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Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 2:15 am

I am going to book some travel in the next day or so to Paris from NYC. Which carrier has the best Business/First class product.

CO has a lot of info on their website and it certainly looks very nice- (plus it is on all their 767 and 777 planes).

Delta's website gives a 4 sentence vague description and does not break it down by aircraft type. Does the seat recline? Is the product as crappy as it looks on the website. I take less info to be a sign they might be hiding something? I have enough miles for an upgrade with both carriers- although I prefer JFK to EWR.
 
FoxBravo
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 2:20 am

They're comparable in terms of service, but I think CO's seats are wider, at least on the 767s. CO has a 2-1-2 configuration, whereas DL has 2-2-2 (at least they did last time I flew BusinessElite). On the 777 there is likely to be less of a difference. CO flies newer planes, on average. Neither airline has a full-flat sleeper seat, if that's what you're asking, but as I recall they both have decent recline.

Let me ask you this: is it possible for you to use your Delta miles to get business class on an AF-operated DL codeshare flight? That would probably be your best option, IMHO. Their service is great and they use mostly 777 between NYC and CDG.
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 2:31 am

Go for Continental. I flew both Airlines between Frankfurt and New York (JFK & EWR). Delta was very bad on both ways while CO was one of the Best Flights I ever had on an american carrier! They only have a 2-1-2 Seating on a 767 which is def. better than Delta`s 2-2-2! And the crew is nicer too!  Smile

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petazulu
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 2:42 am

I will investigate the AF scenario. I had thought about doing that too. It sounds like CO has more buzz and is a little bit newer, fresher, hipper than Delta.
 
hmflyer
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:08 am

I took AF EWR-CDG a few years ago in a 747-400 business class. Honestly I was not at all impressed. Took CO back and they were much better.

 
FoxBravo
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:12 am

Another thing to consider is which terminal you will be departing from. At JFK, if you're on AF you'll be leaving from T1, which is gorgeous. However, DL uses T3, which is a dump--especially when you clear immigration and claim your bag on the return. I know what you mean about EWR--it's less convenient for me too--but in all fairness CO's terminal there is very nice and user-friendly.

I'd say go DL only if you can get on an AF-operated codeshare flight. Otherwise CO is probably your best bet.
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AlekToronto
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:15 am

In my experience the CO product is better than DL product.
I find the seating is a bit better, the seat better designed and even thou both have comparable leg room 55-60 inches - the CO cabin seems less crowded.
In terms of aircraft both have new aircraft however DL transatlantic 767 are older than CO.
On the flights I have had - CO also serves better food and has slightly better IFE - even thou I think both Airlines are not as good as BA in IFE offerings.
In terms of crew CO is slightly friendlier than DL (surprisingly) however had both good and bad on both carriers.
Considering these are J class flights I would go with the one that offers you better mileage and depending on what FF plan you belong to, have more miles with beacause the differences are really in fact pretty minor.

of course given the choice I would go with AF if possible - great food and nice (and nice looking) F/A's.

enjoy your flight
cheers!
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djon1114
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:24 am

American Airlines

because i flown on the other carriers

and they have not met my standerds

Regards

D
 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:35 am

I don't recall Petazulu mentioning that AA was an option...
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petazulu
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:37 am

American Airlines is not an option because I do not have enough miles with them. Like many frequent travellers in NYC, I am an airline 'ho' who always just looks for the cheapest/convenient fare. Aside from CO (I don't use them much because EWR is far from work), there is no hub carrier here and between JetBlue, AA, DL, CO, US, and UA/AC I just slowly compile my miles on all of the carriers. I eventually earn freebies on all of them over time, while not feeling mortgaged to one company. Amex and Visa Miles help me too as I can dump them quickly into one account to put me over the top.

It sounds to me like CO is the way to go, although I will perhaps go with AF if the times are better. I like their night flight back from Paris.
 
FoxBravo
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:43 am

Haha, I hear ya--that sounds very much like my mileage "strategy."  Smile

It's definitely hard to stay loyal to one airline when you live in NYC. Although the DL/CO/NW alliance makes it a bit easier to keep miles in the same account.
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jumbojet
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:43 am

I recently (Dec '03) flew Delta bizclass from CDG to JFK, I believe it was flight 119. Very comfortable seat. Food was excellent, FA's were very friendly and corteous. Seats recline to the point where you are almost lying flat. Nice leg rest. Seats are fully automated.

I also flew Cont 777 (coach) from AMS to EWR, Nov, '03 and I can tell you that CO's first class seats looked a heck of a lot more comfortable, and newer.It also looked like there were a few more bells and whistles on the CO's seats. Either way, I dont think you can really go wrong.
 
djon1114
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:45 am

Sorry to put American Airlines in your discution it was my first message on Airlines net and i was not quite sure what i was doing

more into disscussing airliners proudution

sorry

Regards

D
 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:47 am

I really wouldn't even consider AF business, it's the second class on a 3-class plane, which means your service is less of a priority, and the food is good but not enough to negate CO and DL's overall better product, and rightfully so. AF has a First Class product that beats both CO and DL's premium cabin, so it's all relative.

That said, here is how I would rank them:

Food: CO, although Delta sometimes can pull out the ace with an excellent choice of entrees

Seats: Hard to say because of differences in aircraft types. Basically:
1- CO 777 (best recline, widest, and really comfortable seat, IMO)
2- DL 777 (BE really should be 21" wide standard, beats CO's old BF seat)
3- DL M11 (I realize they are gone now but they were beauties...)
4- CO 767 (21" wide and 2-1-2 are the keys here, less crowded cabins)
5- DL 763 (Seat itself is excellent, but you really notice the 18.5" width)
6- CO 752 (Doubt you will get on a 757, but it comes in last since it's a 757)

Service: CO's International crews are consistently great, DL's are also very good but I have encountered some downright nasty attendants in the past.

IFE: Even, no AVOD and roughly same size screen and programming.

Airport Service: DL has (or used to, I think they closed several) tons of BE lounges at JFK, which usually have something nice to snack on and are intimate spaces reserved exclusively for BE pax. If you can't get there, you have the CRC which are also solid but can get crowded. CO just has the Presidents Clubs at EWR, but they are very large in both locations at Terminal C and usually one can find a place to sit. On the other end, DL can get you into an AF arrivals club in CDG with plenty of showers and food after your flight. CO contracts with somebody over there (may even be AF, there is no PC) for similar services. CO also offers a concierge on most flights to assist you with connections and such. I haven't seen this on DL.

My recommendation is Continental, but you really can't go wrong with either.
 
petazulu
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:51 am

Djon1114,

No worries at all! I just was sharing with you my strategy. Welcome onto the forum!
 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:58 am

cheers

Petazulu

got to go now talk soon i hope

bye

D
 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:58 am

I have to agree with CODC10

You cant go wrong with either one you choose. MQM's are roughly the same in that type of class ticket wether its CO or DL. Good luck
 
jumbojet
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:00 am

One other thing, since your airports are NYC, preferrably JFK, to CDG, keep in mind that DL only flies the 763 there.
 
N6376M
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 4:04 am

AF biz class is 2 - 3 - 2 (at least on 777's). Seat recline is less and pitch is also less than DL. Food and service are better. Since I fly Biz in order to rest, my priorities are seat comfort, service/food, then IFE. Using that criteria, I'd rank your options:

CO - DL - AF
 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:04 am

And if you're an American, you'll no doubt get better service on Continental or Delta since the AF flight attendants have a tendency to be "less friendly" to those that aren't French. This was my experience in September with AF business class. I will avoid them if at all possible in the future and stick with Delta or Continental.

Also, what has been stated above about their seat recline/pitch is accurate. Although DL's seats are narrow, they recline further and there is a lot of room between you and the passenger in front of you. Overall, the best I've experienced has been Continental - you get seat width, good recline, and great service!
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petazulu
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:10 am

I am actually a dual citizen of both France and the USA. I therefore speak both languages fluently and don't really get that 'attitude' that French people are often accused of. Understanding both cultures very well, I think that attitude is more of a cultural difference. They view our loud conversations with equal distain.

As for what I will do, I think I will suck it up and fly out of EWR just to experience what CO has to offer. I hope the product is superior, as Newark is not my favorite place to go...
 
flyTPA
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:22 am

I can appreciate where you're coming from. Although I'm an American, I am very embarassed when my rude, obnoxious fellow citizens travel the world and expect everyone to cater to them. I speak 4 languages (unfortunately not French) and I make it a point to treat others with respect as well as make an effort to speak at least a few words of their language.

In my experience, however, it is hard to not be offended when the flight attendant doesn't offer you bread at both meals, yet asks the French person across the aisle twice. When he asked for a drink, she would stop and bring it to him right away, whereas I had to wait until she was done serving and then it was forgotten about. This happened twice on the same flight. And after she forgot, I tried the flight attendant call button, and she didn't even come to my seat. (I've detailed my experiences in another thread on this website). When I complained to the purser, he told me that he couldn't believe what I was saying, despite the fact that the person seated next to me witnessed everything and received similar poor treatment.

The flight attendant, when she aproached me afterwards told me that she only has 2 hands and can't make everyone happy.

So, this gave me a very strong impression that it wasn't just one person in the crew that was having a bad day, but it seemed that the entire crew just didn't care. That is sad for a world class carrier. My experience on the other leg was better, however a flight attendant spilled wine on one of my traveling companions (all over her white jeans), and she wasn't the least bit apologetic. She basically said that she would get her a coupon at the end of the flight to clean them. When it was time to leave, she didn't have it ready, and we were delayed for 20 minutes waiting for her to find one and fill it out. We barely made our connecting flight due to it.

I hope that my experiences were isolated, and not the norm for others. Whatever carrier you choose to fly, I wish you a good trip.
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:27 am

I fly between NYC and CDG about once every week or two weeks - usually on DL or AA, and to a certain extent, CO, and then AF. I generally prefer DL though the 2 things that CO has over DL are the wider seat (CO flies the 777 between EWR and CDG while DL has the 763ER) and better customs/immigration facilities on arrival back in NYC. Crews, meals, and IFE are generally comparable; DL flies into the much nicer (and newer) and less congested Terminal 2E at CDG while CO still uses Term. 2A (older, but ok unless you have to contend with the AF African flights at check-in when the place becomes mobbed with pax., well-wishers, and luggage).
The CO 777 BizElite seats are the new "pod" seats which recline flat but at an angle (some people don't like this as it gives them a feeling of 'slipping' down the seat); I personally prefer the DL seat which reclines like an armchair to 160 degrees - very comfortable and never had a problem sleeping.
Both offer Concierge service (ground staff at either end) dedicated to the C Class passenger although CO's seems a tad more professional and visible (they proactively reach out to you more)....hope this helps. I guess at the end of the day, it depends on what your priorities are.

PS. AF's biz seats on both their 744s and 777s which they use on the JFK-CDG runs have a 2-3-2 config which really stinks. In addition, seat pitch is only 48" (compared to 60" for DL) while the recline is also not as generous (I think they have improved a little with the recline over the original 127 degrees which was quite laughable). I wouldn't choose them unitl they install their new C seats. However, they do have one 744 between JFK and CDG and if you haven't had the pleasure of flying on that (and on the upper deck, no less) you may want to consider them for one way (via the DL codeshare).
 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:48 am

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From my recent experiences, CO is the best option in terms of modern, new and up to date planes, FirstBusiness seats are among the best products on C class, crews have a professional, efficient and courteous approach to passengers and catering is quite nice. I'm sure you won't regret choosing CO.

 
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:51 am

For seat comfort: CO

For service: DL

For a snowball's chance in hell of getting "J" w/o paying for it? Definitely DL!
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 6:53 am

I'm gonna say that CO has the better product, EWR is a easier airport as well.

I like DL better, however, this time the nod goes to CO.
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joleb
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:02 am

Forget AF because nowhere near seat comfortof DL and CO

CO's new BusinessFirst is better than DL due to a bigger recline and wider seat

so i suggest CO all the way

 
n102daman
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 7:34 am

just a few words about dl Business Elite Product. Unfortunately I have never had the oppertunity to expierience the Continental product as of yet but would LOVE to. I have expierienced the Delta Business Elite product several times and have absolutely Loved every expierience. Yes the 777 is a much nicer more comfortable aircraft to be on for 7+ hours and the IFE is much better but the 763er product is fine as well.

The main point is that you are very well taken care of in the Business Elite cabin. The food is excellent and the flight attendants are very professional and friendly. I would recomend the Delta product of course and on the 777 but I think you will be satisfied with both.

Good luck in your travels and let us know what you chose and ow it went.

Just my two cents worth.

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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:31 am

AF Biz class is comfortable, IFE not bad- just beware of the "Stinky Fish Entree". I got hit with that twice (two years in a row) and it don't make the cabin stink purdy, let me tell ya. I would have rather spent the night in a smokey bar.  Big grin I got home and once my cat smelled me, she was confused! That aside- I've heard great things about CO lately and plan to give them a try myself!  Smile
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B4REAL
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:37 am

N102daman:

The IFE on the 777 and 763 in BizElite on DL is the same.

Can anyone confirm?
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CO2BGR
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:40 am

From CDG to NY the CO flight is on a 777 while the DL is a 763. In the premium cabin they are both 2-2-2. The 777 is the no brainer here for overall space.

I have a bias toward CO but if it was the other way ariond I would still go 777.
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Av8rDAL
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:02 pm

"The IFE on the 777 and 763 in BizElite on DL is the same."

Yeah from my experience it's the same. Flip-out LCD screens. This is all based on what I've seen; I've never actually flown B.E.
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cadet93
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 11:11 pm

CO 777 Business first is great......The new seats are nice and they are larger and have a better recline...Being in the 2-2-2 config is nice on the 777, but they do not have the new seats on the 767......Put the 2-2-2 on the 767 and it gets a little close. CO Has 2-1-2 on the 767. I am leaving for RIO on a 767 Thursday and I am going business First. I bought a qualifying ticket and used 40,000 miles to upgrade the ticket.
The service of the crew on CO is always great. They serve ice cream sundaes in BUSINESS FIRST. Nice touch. Being that the flights to RIO and to CDG are over night, the seat makes for better rest/sleep. I wish they would make the seats alittle more close to flat. I know that would reduce the number of seats in the cabin, But hey I can wish......I am a miles "HO" to. I went from 22,000 to 400,000 in 5 yrs. I would definitely use some to go on a flight with nice flat beds up front.
 
B4REAL
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RE: Delta BusElite Or Continental BusFirst For Intl?

Tue Jan 13, 2004 11:28 pm

Av8rDAL:

Thanks for confirming that. I was pretty sure that was true in Biz, but definitely not in coach.
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