Review: Delta Airlines First Class E135, Seattle – Vancouver

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For our short flight leaving Seattle, we opted for jet service with Delta Airlines, instead of propeller service on competing brands Air Canada and Alaska Airlines. Our First Class flight was competitively priced, and offered us lounge access at the Delta Sky Club, in addition to heavy baggage allowance.


This post is one chapter on our trip to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. This trip was redeemed through American Airlines AAdvantage & Alaska Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: Delta Airlines First Class E135, Seattle Tacoma International Airport – Vancouver International Airport


“Delta Airlines offered jet service between Seattle and Vancouver when most competitors offered propeller service”

Wow. We made it to the end of a North America – Africa trip; the last flight of of our thirteen flight trip. We were eager to get home at this point as this was the third flight of the day.

After leaving the Delta Sky Club S Concourse Seattle Tacoma International Airport, we stocked up on duty free at the South Terminal. Seattle, like most other United States of America departure points, does not actually allow you to take the duty free with you on purchase and instead deliver it to the gate.

The Standby List for Our S Gates Departing flight to Vancouver


We had a last minute gate change from the South Satellite Terminal over to the A Gates in the main terminal. We tore over there, via the subway, and unfortunately, the re-assigned gate agents had already started boarding despite being among the first group of people getting off the train. It seems there were some people that were either watching the monitor or had plum luck that they didn’t make it out to the S satellite terminal.

Our New Departing Gate in the A Concourse
Pilot Briefing Prior to Departing
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Delta Airlines
First Class
SEA-YVR (SeaTac Airport – Vancouver International Airport)
DL5874
May 5, 2016
Booked: Embraer 135
Flown: Embraer 135
Departure: 9:59 PM
Arrival: 11:12 PM

On Board Delta Airlines First Class:

We had to wait for the duty free girl as well so we ended up boarding late so unfortunately. Today’s photos are recycled cabin photographs from our past Delta Airlines First Class Vancouver – Los Angeles flight on the same equipment type. The seating remains a 1-2 configuration in First Class, with the usual compact seating and overhead bin cabin storage arrangements on the Embraer equipment type.

Delta Airlines First Class Embraer Seats
Delta Airlines First Class Seating

We ended up sleeping through the beverage service and it was less than one hour before we were landing back in Vancouver. We were home after a day and a bit of travel. There isn’t typically a lot of service on the Seattle – Vancouver routes, as the flight is only approximately 26 minutes in the air, and is usually scheduled at 50 minutes gate to gate.

The Bottom Line: Delta Airlines

Delta has continued to impress me compared to the legacy carriers. They’ve always been pleasant to deal with when compared to United and our past usual Air Canada. It’s another two thumbs up for Delta.


If you fly transborder from the United States to and from Canada, is Delta Airlines your first choice ?

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