This is my first TR, so let me know if you have any suggestions on how I can become a better poster.
That said, these pictures are from Summer 2007 when I went to Paris for a long weekend with my mom (who is a DL F/A based in CVG and, in my opinion, as a frequent premium class business traveler, an amazing one). I traveled quite a bit with her growing up, which was certainly a treat (and, I definitely miss having the travel benefits these days ).
Since I love airliners.net, I wanted to take a decent number of pictures to document the trip for everyone since I quite enjoy reading TRs at work.
I travel quite a bit - and, ninety-nine percent of it is on Delta, which is, in my view, the best American airline. I have flown DL between CVG-CDG and JFK-CDG roughly twenty times in the past ten years, and each trip has been consistently good.
That said, I will let the pictures do the talking.
DL 44 - CVG-CDG
J Load - 80%
Y Load - 100%
Below are a few shots I took while waiting at the airport:
This 767-3ER was about to push-back for FRA.
My boarding pass:
Menus were passed out on the ground with champagne, mimosas and water. There was a trolley distributing several international newspapers (though no NYTimes, which I think should be standard in J class). Amenity kits were in the seatback pockets while blankets and pillows were folded neatly in each seat. Dinner orders were taken prior to push-back.
I was originally in row six, which I hate on this plane. But, I eventually moved to row five as it was empty, farther from the galley and the seats have better pitch. I was disappointed that this particular 767ER had the old BE seats; my return trip to Kennedy, however, was fortunately equipped with the updated ones.
Cocktails were expeditiously served after we leveled. I had a gin and tonic and enjoyed the warm nuts.
Leg room view - note the Bear Stearns bag... vintage.
My mom setting the table for the passengers in front of me. I like the 3 tiered cart set-up. Very old school, classy service aspect I think (like Pan-Am in the good days).
Appetizer was really good - shrimp and something else (sorry, it was a year ago).
This was followed by a salad. The dressing was OK - definitely better coming back from Europe.
Michele Bernstein's steak with some kind of puree and Brussels sprouts. I was not a fan of this course - her menu has since gotten better (this was her first cycle I think). It did taste better than the presentation (that meal was apparently very hard to prepare in the mid-galley according to my mom's friend who was in charge of plating and coordinating the food flow of the J service).
Desert sundae. I also had port and cheese but failed to document it. DL has really good port offerings, in my opinion.
Our journey across the pond:
The J class cabin mid-flight.
Breakfast was served one hour before we landed at CDG. There was an egg option, but I don't like eggs, so I went with cereal.
We landed quite a bit early and getting through customs was very easy.
A few pics around Paris...
My old subway stop when I was a student in Paris in 2001-2002.
Me and a beer in Paris.
Mom and a Kir Royale.
Mom and me at the Arc.
Now, the return trip.
Checking in at Terminal 2E at CDG. Beautiful design.
We left out of E65(?) which gave a great view of planes passing by.
E is such a beautiful terminal with really nice seats in which to relax!
So, back to Kennedy (my home airport).
DL 119 - CDG-JFK
J Load - 50%
Y Load - 80%
Same situation as before (though my mom was not working the flight - she went back to CVG). This JFK based crew, though, was fantastic and utterly professional.
So, lunch was the 'big' meal served.
Here is the appetizer: It was excellent.
The salad was fantastic - very fresh with a great dressing. Note the pretzel bread. I had about 4 pieces. In my opinion, it is the greatest benefit of flying in DL BE!
The entree, mac and cheese (if I remember correctly) and steak, was fantastic It was really, really yummy and cooked properly.
This plane had the new BE seats. Here is the leg room pic.
The new seat.
So that is it. Great trip all around. I know I may be biased since I come from a DL family, but they honestly offer the best all-around package. When I fly other US airlines for work (out of necessity), I am always very open-minded and excited to see their product. It does not, however, even come close to DL.
Hope you enjoyed!