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DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:14 am

Just booked myself on DL 1731 LGA-SRQ on an MD88, and noticed that it was a single-class configuration. As Silver Medallion, I have access to the preferred seating, which includes the first four rows, usually the F cabin. It's coming up as 2X2 seating in those rows, 3X2 in rows 10 and up. Are they still using those front rows as F class seating, but with coach service?
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RE: DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:53 am

For that particular date, they are probably expecting it to be a spare Shuttle aircraft. The reason that it is going SRQ-LGA to go back into operation. Whenever the Shuttle has spare airplanes sitting around, they will usually press them into service elsewhere in the system and get them back to Shuttle operation by the time they are needed again.

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RE: DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:00 am

If it's single-class it's probably a Shuttle MD88. I highly doubt they'd use F seats with Y service, so it's probably just all coach all the way up.
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RE: DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:18 am

Best seat in the house on this aircraft will be the 2 seat row at the 2nd overwing exit. 42" pitch, no middle seat, and it reclines.
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RE: DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:19 am

Yeah...I had a similar question the other day relating to a LGA-MCO flight on 2-class MD-88 that was being sold as all Y.
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RE: DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:25 am

If the row shows 2x2 then most likely you have been upgraded. I have noticed on some flights I will get upgraded a few days before the flight, because my seat assignment would have changed to a seat in first class.
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RE: DL MD88 Question

Tue Jan 31, 2006 3:50 am

Keep in mind that while all Shuttle flights are on MD-88s now, not all of them have been configured to a Shuttle configuration, meaning that some planes are flying Shuttle routes with a F cabin and regular Y cabin, not an all-Y 36" pitch cabin.

This route is using a Shuttle aircraft, potentially one with F seats still...it's just being sold as all-Y. It's kind of like the 764s going across the Pond this upcoming summer, or AA's 757s across the Pond - every seat receives Y service, even the F seats. The only perk of those seats is the larger seat...you won't be getting a more personal F-style service. One of the perks of being Medallion is that these seats are reserved for Medallions only, kinda like there are seats reserved at the front of every DL aircraft that only Medallions can select - while service is the same, it isn't really fair that non-elites would be able to get to sit in the best seats of the plane at the time of booking...it's a way to reward Delta's loyal flyers.