Review: Delta Airlines First Class E175, Minneapolis St Paul – Vancouver.


The last flight of our Delta Airlines flights to and from New York had us returning to Canada on a Delta Airlines Embraer 175. We credited this flight to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier program, prior to their program divorce that would cut this terrific earning benefit. Our late evening flight would offer us a full meal, a reasonably comfortable seat and an open bar for most of the trip. How would Delta Airlines compare with the other legacy carriers?

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 E175, Minneapolis St Paul International Airport – Vancouver International Airport

Our flight left from the G Concourse and Gate 13. We headed out from the Delta Sky Club Minneapolis St Paul F Concourse lounge at about sixty minutes before the flight. We collected our duty free at the gate through the attendant and headed onto the plane.

Departing Gate G13 at Minneapolis St Paul

There were lots listed on the upgrade list to Vancouver tonight, with seven on the list and only one upgraded.

A Lean Upgrade List
Delta Airlines
Compass Airlines Operated as Delta Connection
First Class (A)
MSP-YVR (Minneapolis St Paul – Vancouver International Airport)
DL 5693
December 13, 2016
Booked: Embraer RJ 175
Flown: Embraer RJ 175
Departure: 8:00 PM
Arrival: 10:22 PM

On Board Delta Airlines First Class:

We arriving onto an Embraer 175 set up in a 1 – 2 First Class configuration with four rows of First Class. Tonight’s aircraft had refreshed seats that were in better condition than our flight out to Minneapolis St Paul.

Delta Airlines First Class Embraer 175

Once again, there were no entertainment screens on the seat backs. Entertainment was provided only through the gogo entertainment app.

Reasonable Legroom

There were two bottles of Dasani Bottled water available for us on the seat on our arrival.

A Small Bottle of Dasani Water

Pre Departure Services:

We had an additional open bar pre-departure beverage offered. This time it was Canadian Club and Coke for me and a Gin and Tonic for MrsWT73. I have to say a big thumbs up with the open bar pre-departure drinks- much better than the usual offering of “this or that” and nothing else.

Pre-Departure Beverage of Canadian Club and Coke

We departed into the night of Minneapolis St Paul. It was pretty dark and cold looking outside.

The Meal: A Full Dinner

There was a dinner service offered, even with the late hour of departure of the flight. The choices were a Cold Chicken Noodle Salad or a Beef Tenderloin with blue cheese sauce. I took one for the team and had the beef tenderloin paired with a red wine (unknown brand / label). It was surprisingly tasty for airline catering in the United States.

Delta Airlines Trans Continental Supper
Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Sauce

There were no duty free services offered on the international flight. As with our flight out, there was no other entertainment other than material available through the gogo Entertainment App.

Canada Border Services Agency Custom Declaration cards were passed out about 2 hours into the flight. Overall the flight was mostly smooth sailing tonight despite strong headwinds.

Arriving into Vancouver:

The approach into Vancouver International Airport was over the United States and Mount Baker over dark and snowy terrain. We were into Gate E90 at Vancouver and through Canada Border Services Agency really quickly with our checked bags out almost instantly (for a change).

Vancouver International Baggage Claim

My Thoughts on the Delta Airlines Transborder Experience:

Delta Airlines was reasonable and I’d easily choose them for another trip across the United States of America. It’s too bad their divorce with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is final as I would have probably enjoyed them many more times as they serve both Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Minneapolis St Paul from my home base here in Vancouver. The food and service seemed to be a step above my last United, Alaska and American flights so I’d easily endorse them over the others.

If you regularly fly Delta Airlines transborder between Canada and the United States, are you satisfied with the food ?

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