Delta First Class / ERJ-175 / Milwaukee-Salt Lake City

 
 

AIRLINE: Delta Air Lines »

ROUTE: Milwaukee to Salt Lake City

FLIGHT TIME: 3h 46m

DATE: February 18, 2019

AIRCRAFT TYPE: Embraer ERJ-175 »

CLASS OF SERVICE: First Class »

SEAT: 1C and 1D (my daughter wanted to switch after dinner)

Delta’s ERJ-175s are large regional jets operated by regional partners on short to medium range flights in North America. There are 12 First Class seats arranged in a 1-2 configuration.

Our inbound flight was delayed from Salt Lake City, but Delta was very efficient in notifying me. I received a phone call and notification on the Delta App within minutes of each other. Once onboard, the crew was very communicative as to the reasons for the delay, and expedited the boarding process to try to make up time. Unfortunately, it was already too late for our connection.

Read my post about rebooking a delayed Delta flight

Overall Impression: Delta tries very hard to streamline its product across the entire fleet. The unsuspecting passenger might have no clue they are on a regional jet, as the seats and service mirror that of Mainline Delta.

I really like flying on the ERJ-175s. The seats are very comfortable. If you’re flying alone and in First Class, the seats on the left side of the plane are single seats with direct aisle access. Also, it has the highest ratio of First Class to Economy seats of any plane in Delta’s fleet (it is the same as the CRJ-900), meaning Medallion upgrades are statistically more likely. It is also a much quicker boarding process due to the number of seats onboard (76).

There are a few minor drawbacks to the ERJ-175. It doesn’t have in-seat IFE screens, which is a very small inconvenience since Delta offers complimentary streaming content to personal devices. I’ve also found that the meals are slightly smaller in First Class than on Mainline Delta, due to the size of the galley.

Despite the delay, this was a great flight. The seats were comfortable and the staff was friendly. I recommend Delta First Class as a whole and the ERJ-175.

 
Delta automatically checks you in for your flight 24 hours before the first scheduled leg of your itinerary. You still have to log in to your account (either on the Delta App or online) to acknowledge the Hazardous Materials Policy.

Delta automatically checks you in for your flight 24 hours before the first scheduled leg of your itinerary. You still have to log in to your account (either on the Delta App or online) to acknowledge the Hazardous Materials Policy.

The Hazardous Materials Policy acknowledgement screen on the Delta App.

The Hazardous Materials Policy acknowledgement screen on the Delta App.

Your boarding pass becomes available once you have acknowledged the Hazardous Materials Policy. You can also change your seat, add checked bags, etc. once you are on this screen.

Your boarding pass becomes available once you have acknowledged the Hazardous Materials Policy. You can also change your seat, add checked bags, etc. once you are on this screen.

Delta’s seat selection is extremely easy in the App. It doesn’t redirect you to the website like some airline apps do. My daughter and I were upgraded at the beginning of the Gold Medallion upgrade window 72 hours prior to departure.

Delta’s seat selection is extremely easy in the App. It doesn’t redirect you to the website like some airline apps do. My daughter and I were upgraded at the beginning of the Gold Medallion upgrade window 72 hours prior to departure.

Delta boards families traveling with small children right after passengers needing extra assistance. This is usually reserved for families with children under two and with strollers, but the gate agents graciously told me we could board with this group (I wasn’t even going to try).

Delta boards families traveling with small children right after passengers needing extra assistance. This is usually reserved for families with children under two and with strollers, but the gate agents graciously told me we could board with this group (I wasn’t even going to try).

Delta provides First Class passengers with a pillow and blanket (you have to bring your own teddy bear).

Delta provides First Class passengers with a pillow and blanket (you have to bring your own teddy bear).

First Class passengers are provided Dasani water bottles, in addition to pre-departure beverage service (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Though, due to the delay, pre-departure service was suspended on this flight in order to expedite departure.

First Class passengers are provided Dasani water bottles, in addition to pre-departure beverage service (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Though, due to the delay, pre-departure service was suspended on this flight in order to expedite departure.

Even though the ERJ-175 is a regional jet, the First Class seats are comparable in size and comfort to Delta’s mainline fleet.

Even though the ERJ-175 is a regional jet, the First Class seats are comparable in size and comfort to Delta’s mainline fleet.

The ERJ-175 has a small shelf next to the window that doubles as a great footrest.

The ERJ-175 has a small shelf next to the window that doubles as a great footrest.

Row 1 is situated directly behind the bulkhead, slightly restricting legroom. There is also no under-seat stowage. Even though you can’t stretch your legs as far in this row, there is still ample space and knee room. This is a great option if you are traveling alone, because you can leave your seat without making the person next to you get up.

Row 1 is situated directly behind the bulkhead, slightly restricting legroom. There is also no under-seat stowage. Even though you can’t stretch your legs as far in this row, there is still ample space and knee room. This is a great option if you are traveling alone, because you can leave your seat without making the person next to you get up.

Each seat has a 110V universal power outlet and USB charging port under the front.

Each seat has a 110V universal power outlet and USB charging port under the front.

The ERJ-175 doesn’t have IFE screens, but you can stream complimentary content directly to your personal devices.

The ERJ-175 doesn’t have IFE screens, but you can stream complimentary content directly to your personal devices.

Delta serves pre-dinner drinks soon after takeoff. The flight attendants came around several times after dinner as well asking if I wanted anything else. The ERJ-175 features a small pull-out table if you don’t want to use the in-seat tray table.

Delta serves pre-dinner drinks soon after takeoff. The flight attendants came around several times after dinner as well asking if I wanted anything else. The ERJ-175 features a small pull-out table if you don’t want to use the in-seat tray table.

Delta WiFi is provided by gogo across its fleet.

Delta WiFi is provided by gogo across its fleet.

Delta offers free messaging for all passengers. WiFi is available for purchase if you want to do more than message. Access to the Delta App and website, and streaming content, is complimentary.

Delta offers free messaging for all passengers. WiFi is available for purchase if you want to do more than message. Access to the Delta App and website, and streaming content, is complimentary.

The streaming content includes several new releases, as well as some classic movies and shows.

The streaming content includes several new releases, as well as some classic movies and shows.

The tray table folds out of the armrest.

The tray table folds out of the armrest.

Meals on the ERJ-175 are not as robust as on Mainline Delta flights, due to the smaller galley. There are typically two meal options - sometimes offered from the front of the cabin to the back, and sometimes opposite. There is really no way of predicting where they will start, so be prepared to only have one choice if you’re in Row 1 and they start in the back.

Meals on the ERJ-175 are not as robust as on Mainline Delta flights, due to the smaller galley. There are typically two meal options - sometimes offered from the front of the cabin to the back, and sometimes opposite. There is really no way of predicting where they will start, so be prepared to only have one choice if you’re in Row 1 and they start in the back.

You can select a series of special meals (kosher, dairy free, vegan, etc.) up to 24 hours before departure. I forgot to order a children’s meal for my daughter ahead of time, but she was happy with the chicken and veggies. The flight attendants also offer a snack basket after dinner, with fresh fruit, granola bars, and other snack options.

You can select a series of special meals (kosher, dairy free, vegan, etc.) up to 24 hours before departure. I forgot to order a children’s meal for my daughter ahead of time, but she was happy with the chicken and veggies. The flight attendants also offer a snack basket after dinner, with fresh fruit, granola bars, and other snack options.

Descending into Salt Lake City.

Descending into Salt Lake City.

Turning to final.

Turning to final.

Parked next to two other ERJ-175s on the ground in Salt Lake City.

Parked next to two other ERJ-175s on the ground in Salt Lake City.

 

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