Delta One / A330-300 / Amsterdam-Seattle

 
 

AIRLINE: Delta Air Lines »

ROUTE: Amsterdam to Seattle

FLIGHT TIME: 10h 6m

DATE: March 27, 2018

AIRCRAFT TYPE: Airbus A330-300 »

CLASS OF SERVICE: Delta One »

SEATS: 2C, 2G, 2J

Delta only has one configuration of the A330-300, outfitted with lay-flat Delta One seats. None of the A330s have been retrofitted with the new Delta One Suites yet.

I used miles for our family vacation to Spain: SFO-DTW-AMS-MAD-AMS-SEA-SFO. Somehow I found an incredible deal (it probably helped that it was off-peak) - 100,000 miles RT per person, with the return leg in Delta One and domestic First Class.

I spent a good amount of time in my assigned seat - 2J. But, with a two-and-a-half year old ultimately calling the shots, I was able to experience all three seats that we booked.

Overall Impression: Delta One is a solid product (both hard product and soft product). It definitely doesn’t compare to some non-US carriers’ premium offering, but it is a marked improvement from the product US airlines used to have. I would definitely look for Delta One Suites if they’re offered on your route of flight. But, if you can’t find them or if the price is too high, definitely try to book the A330 (either -200 or -300) over any version of the 767 or the old non-Delta One Suite configured 777s.

 
The seats are very private due to the angled configuration.

The seats are very private due to the angled configuration.

Try to get one of the window seats if you’re traveling alone since they are single seats. Select the center seats if you have a travel companion.

Try to get one of the window seats if you’re traveling alone since they are single seats. Select the center seats if you have a travel companion.

The seats are very comfortable and have ample space to place small personal belongings. That is a frequent complaint about some premium cabins.

The seats are very comfortable and have ample space to place small personal belongings. That is a frequent complaint about some premium cabins.

Pre-departure service consisted of champagne or orange juice. Meal requests were taken before departure as well.

Pre-departure service consisted of champagne or orange juice. Meal requests were taken before departure as well.

You can store your duvet and pillow on the foot rest when you aren’t using them and won’t sacrifice legroom. I’m 6’ and couldn’t reach the foot rest.

You can store your duvet and pillow on the foot rest when you aren’t using them and won’t sacrifice legroom. I’m 6’ and couldn’t reach the foot rest.

The IFE screen is very large. It is touch-screen, or you can use the handheld remote.

The IFE screen is very large. It is touch-screen, or you can use the handheld remote.

There is no partition to separate the center seats. Though, when you are sitting back in your seat it is difficult to see the person next to you, so there is still a good amount of privacy.

There is no partition to separate the center seats. Though, when you are sitting back in your seat it is difficult to see the person next to you, so there is still a good amount of privacy.

Taxiing out behind another Delta A330.

Taxiing out behind another Delta A330.

Delta received most of the A330s after the merger with Northwest.

Delta received most of the A330s after the merger with Northwest.

The seats offer a good amount of privacy.

The seats offer a good amount of privacy.

Sitting in my second seat of the flight.

Sitting in my second seat of the flight.

Cabin service began approximately 20 minutes after departure. Delta offers a wide selection of top shelf wines and spirits.

Cabin service began approximately 20 minutes after departure. Delta offers a wide selection of top shelf wines and spirits.

Warm nuts were served before the five-course meal.

Warm nuts were served before the five-course meal.

I chose the seafood meal option. The first, second, and third course consisted of a salad, shrimp cocktail, a seafood bisque, and a dinner roll.

I chose the seafood meal option. The first, second, and third course consisted of a salad, shrimp cocktail, a seafood bisque, and a dinner roll.

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Drinks were initially served from a beverage cart during the meal. But after the meal was done, flight attendants walked around the cabin with bottles of wine.

Drinks were initially served from a beverage cart during the meal. But after the meal was done, flight attendants walked around the cabin with bottles of wine.

The main course was a salmon filet over a bed of rice and vegetables. The salmon was very moist and not dried out, which is a common occurrence on flights.

The main course was a salmon filet over a bed of rice and vegetables. The salmon was very moist and not dried out, which is a common occurrence on flights.

Dessert was a bowl of ice cream with several toppings to choose from.

Dessert was a bowl of ice cream with several toppings to choose from.

The seat controls had three preset positions - up, reclined, or lie flat; or you could select any intermediate position.

The seat controls had three preset positions - up, reclined, or lie flat; or you could select any intermediate position.

The bed length doesn’t matter for a child, but I was able to stretch out fully and my feet didn’t touch the end.

The bed length doesn’t matter for a child, but I was able to stretch out fully and my feet didn’t touch the end.

Though it was a daytime flight, the cabin lights went off around two hours into the flight to allow for people that wanted to sleep to do so.

Though it was a daytime flight, the cabin lights went off around two hours into the flight to allow for people that wanted to sleep to do so.

I stayed awake for most of the flight and enjoyed a wide array of movies and shows on the IFE. There was no shortage of content. Personalized service continued throughout the flight for those that stayed awake.

I stayed awake for most of the flight and enjoyed a wide array of movies and shows on the IFE. There was no shortage of content. Personalized service continued throughout the flight for those that stayed awake.

The lights came back on approximately one hour before we landed in Seattle.

The lights came back on approximately one hour before we landed in Seattle.

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Coffee was available throughout the flight if you requested it, but was offered to everyone before the second meal was served.

Coffee was available throughout the flight if you requested it, but was offered to everyone before the second meal was served.

The second meal was more consistent with a domestic First Class meal, but was still very tasty.

The second meal was more consistent with a domestic First Class meal, but was still very tasty.

 

JW Marriott

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