Review: Delta Airlines First Class CRJ-900, Minneapolis St Paul – La Guardia New York

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Our short regional flight on Delta Airlines First Class from their mid west hub in Minneapolis St Paul was more impressive than I was expecting. We had great tasting food, a clean and new aircraft and an on time service into an empty La Guardia. All of these features had me taking a closer look at Delta Airlines over United Airlines for future flights around North America.


This post is one chapter on our trip to New York City, New York, United States of America. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status and credited to 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 CRJ-900, Minneapolis St Paul International Airport – La Guardia New York


After arriving on Delta Airlines First Class Vancouver – Minneapolis St Paul, we had a 90 minute connection spent at the Delta Sky Club Minneapolis St Paul “C” Concourse. We ended up leaving the lounge at about thirty five minutes before the flight and headed to our gate at C12. We had some uniquely themed decorated airport signs in the area of our gate, with stuffed Christmas bears hanging out on some of the overhead signs.

Friendly Christmas Bear’s Marking the Concourse Signs
Our Departing Gate: a Quiet C12

It was a very short walk to the gate today. There was no line today and we were on board the aircraft very quickly.

Delta Airlines
Compass Airlines Operated as Delta Connection
First Class
MSP-LGA (Minneapolis St Paul – La Guardia new York)
DL 5718
December 10, 2016
Booked: Bombardier CRJ-900
Flown: Bombardier CRJ-900
Departure: 7:43 PM
Arrival: 11:34 PM

On Board Delta Airlines First Class:

We were the first ones on board today so we ended up with the rock star pictures on this Canada Air Regional Jet – 900 series. Delta Airlines First Class on the CRJ-900 is four rows of First Class in a 1 – 2 configuration.

A Bright Looking First Class Cabin
A Pair of Seats on the Right Hand Side of the Aircraft

Waiting on the seats for us was a thin blue blanket, and a bottle of water. While it was not much in terms of amenities, it was better than nothing at all.

A Personal Space in First Class

A bottle of Dasani water was also available for each seat.

Dasani First Class Water
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Pre – Departure Services:

We were offered an open bar pre-departure beverage today. I went with a gin and tonic while I looked out the window at the cold winter outside. It was served in the usual but safe low rent plastic cup, consistent with pre-departure beverages.

A Gin and Tonic with Lime
It was winter outside

De-Icing at MSP:

We had a push back over to the de-icing pad. It’s been a while since I’ve been de-iced and it was awesome to watch the full scale winter operations in Minneapolis as they quickly de-iced dozens of planes. This took about 50 minutes of ground time before were were airborne

Watching a Winglet Plane Get De-Iced
Heavy Duty De – Icing Operations
Powerful Jets Soaking the Wings
A Pretty Unique Experience

After the de-icing, we were airborne quickly. Once we arrived to cruising altitude, we had a quick wet nap towel service. This was then followed by a drink service.

A Small Wed Nap Service
A Red Wine with a Coca Cola Napkin

The Meal: A Light Dinner

The dinner choice was pork tenderloin with blue cheese along with a green salad with oil and vinegar dressing or a cold chicken salad. I had the pork which was awesome along with a pairing of red wine. The red wines was dispensed as an unnamed variety.

Green Salad with Oil and Vinegar and Pork with Blue Cheese
A Very Tasty Pork with Blue Cheese

The meal concluded with some salty snacks for the rest of the ride. It was a slight low rent touch after that terrific meal.

“Salty Snacks for This Sweet Ride”
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Arriving to La Guardia New York:

We had a very quick approach into La Guardia with the lights of New York below us.

A City Waiting to be Explored.

La Guardia is pretty empty late at night. Our flight was followed by an arrival into a deserted terminal at 11:30 PM to collect our empty suitcase.

Meeting An Empty La Guardia Terminal
The Space was Pretty Closed Up for the Night
An Empty Baggage Claim Hall

My Thoughts on the Delta Airlines Regional Experience:

Delta Airlines First Class was a more modern way to cross the continent. Although it wasn’t the most exotic way to travel, among the legacy carriers, it’s certainly trying for better. The food seemed to be a cut above some of the boring offers among the other domestic US carriers. The product was reasonably competitive and better than I’d come to expect from my recent United and American flights.


If you flown on Delta Airlines’ regional flights, were you impressed with the food offering ?

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