Delta Main Cabin / 717-200 / Los Angeles-Denver

 
 

AIRLINE: Delta Air Lines »

ROUTE: Los Angeles to Denver

FLIGHT TIME: 2h 00m

DATE: October 4, 2018

AIRCRAFT TYPE: Boeing 717-200 »

CLASS OF SERVICE: Main Cabin »

SEAT: 22A and 22B

About the Plane: Delta’s Boeing 717-200s are small mainline jets used on a variety of short-haul segments in the domestic and North American markets. There are 78 seats in the Main Cabin.

Delta received its 717s secondhand beginning in 2013, after Southwest and AirTran merged and the planes were returned to Boeing. Despite being over a dozen years old on average, the planes have a completely updated interior. Seats are arranged in a 2x3 configuration. Seats on the left side of the cabin are excellent if you are traveling with a companion, since there are only two seats.

The 717 does not have seat-back IFE like many of Delta’s other mainline aircraft. However, streaming content is complimentary to your personal devices. All seats in Main Cabin feature 110V power outlets, USB charging ports, and adjustable headrests.

About Main Cabin: Main Cabin is the name of Delta’s economy class product. Passengers receive complimentary streaming content to personal devices, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary snacks, and complimentary in-flight messaging.

Overall Impression: I have a severe dislike of LAX and try to avoid connecting through there at all costs and suggest you do so as well. The current Delta facilities are outdated and crowded. Caveat - Delta is investing nearly $2 billion into an LAX renovation set to open in 2021, so stay tuned.

Delta’s Main Cabin is a good product. Free messaging make a big difference and the staff is always very friendly.

I really like flying on the 717. The seats are comfortable and clean, and the size makes it quick to board and deplane. Having only two seats on the left side is a big plus as well, especially if traveling alone (since you only have one person next to you), or if you’re traveling with a single companion.

There are a couple minor drawbacks of the 717. One is the lack of seat-back IFE, though steaming content is available to your personal devices. The second is the lack of a rear galley, meaning it gets crowded in the back when several people try to access the lavatories.

Recommendation: I recommend both Delta Main Cabin and the 717.

 
I normally try to get an exit row seat, since it has additional legroom. However, I was traveling with my daughter on this flight and she was too young.

I normally try to get an exit row seat, since it has additional legroom. However, I was traveling with my daughter on this flight and she was too young.

The Main Cabin on Delta’s 717.

The Main Cabin on Delta’s 717.

Delta allows families traveling with small children to board early.

Delta allows families traveling with small children to board early.

The cabin was bright and airy and the seats were comfortable, at least for a short two-hour flight.

The cabin was bright and airy and the seats were comfortable, at least for a short two-hour flight.

The legroom was tight, but no different than Delta’s other aircraft types or economy seats on other legacy U.S carriers.

The legroom was tight, but no different than Delta’s other aircraft types or economy seats on other legacy U.S carriers.

Safety knows no age!

Safety knows no age!

Climbing out of LAX.

Climbing out of LAX.

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.

Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in Main Cabin. Delta is a cashless airline, so have a credit or debit card ready. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.

Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in Main Cabin. Delta is a cashless airline, so have a credit or debit card ready. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.

Food is available for purchase in Main Cabin. Snack boxes are available on shorter flights, while more robust meals are available on longer flights.

Food is available for purchase in Main Cabin. Snack boxes are available on shorter flights, while more robust meals are available on longer flights.

The snack box wasn’t terribly filling, but was enough to hold me over until I could get a full meal upon landing.

The snack box wasn’t terribly filling, but was enough to hold me over until I could get a full meal upon landing.

Turbulence is fun for some people.

Turbulence is fun for some people.

717s have rear-mounted engines. The front of the cabin is very quiet, but the rear is a little louder, so try to get a seat closer to the front.

717s have rear-mounted engines. The front of the cabin is very quiet, but the rear is a little louder, so try to get a seat closer to the front.

Landing in Denver.

Landing in Denver.

 

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