A flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) provided me the opportunity to (finally) sit in Delta’s premium economy seats on a 767-400. And, wow, I really liked the experience.
Premium Select Seats Acting as Comfort+
This might get complicated, so stay with me. I’ll do my best to explain it.
- During international and some domestic flights, the premium economy cabin (currently rows 20-23) is marketed and served as Premium Select.
- But for most other U.S. domestic hops, it’s marketed and served as Comfort+.
- The Comfort+ seats (rows 30-33) in the coach section of the plane are considered Main Cabin. A few people who purchase Main Cabin get a couple of extra inches of legroom. But they don’t receive Comfort+ benefits such as free alcohol and premium snack basket.
- The normal Main Cabin seats (rows 34-57) are, well, Main Cabin. Nothing to see here.
So, I booked a Main Cabin ticket for the flight. Then my Medallion status got me an upgrade to Comfort+ — which was in the premium economy section of the plane.
Delta Premium Select Cabin — But Comfort+ Service
Because I sat in the Premium Select cabin’s seats that were considered Comfort+, that meant I didn’t get either a:
- Premium Select amenity kit or
Those come with the Premium Select service. But I was happy enough getting to sit in the Premium Select seats. Especially from a transcontinental fight.
The Premium Select cabin is arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration on Delta’s 767-400s.
I selected seat 22C: the aisle seat on the left (facing forward) side. (In the above picture, it’s the third of four aisle seats.)
There’s virtually no underseat storage in premium economy/Premium Select. A divider is placed just left of center in all of the non-bulkhead seats.
Not to fret, though. Everyone gets their own overhead bin!
Delta Premium Select seats are 19.5 inches wide and feature 38 inches of pitch. For reference, that’s about an 1.4 inches less wide than most Delta domestic First Class seats. But it’s on par — or even better — than most First Class seats in terms of pitch.
The seat is quite comfortable. While it’s not as wide as a domestic First Class seat, it’s still great — and an upgrade over anything behind the curtain to standard coach.
The Premium Select IFE is bright. Like most Delta IFEs, there are a USB outlet and headphone port. Just to the side is knob in case you want to hang your coat.
Our plane’s tires were barely off LAX runway 24L when the lady in front of me slammed her seat back as far as it could go. And I knew darn well she’d stay that way for all five-and-a-half hours. (She did.)
But you know what? I wasn’t as crunched in as you may think.
Each passenger has AC power and USB outlets. Those are located in front and center of the seats.
Below the inner armrest is where you’ll find several features:
- an area for storing bottles
- IFE remote control
- footrest controls
- a small storage pocket perfect for the headphones Delta supplies
The outer armrest holds the tray table.
My 16″ MacBook Pro fit perfectly on it.
The tray table also holds plenty of snacks and beverages. 😉 . Naturally, I went with my favorite onboard beverage: Delta’s Old Fashioned in a can!
Shout out to the cabin crew who worked this flight. They were fantastic.
I got plenty of work done during the trip. There was enough space for my computer and I was comfortable.
Delta Premium Select seats are very similar to the airline’s domestic First Class seats. They’re quite comfortable and offer customers the opportunity to get some work done. If you can score one under the Comfort+ service, I highly recommend going for it. You’ll live without the amenity kit and meal.
Have you sat in the Premium Select seats? What do you think?
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