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- The Seat: Legroom in this first class seat aboard a Delta Connection Embraer 175 is about as generous as I’ve seen aboard a regional jet. Seat width comes up slightly short of what you’d find aboard a larger single-aisle aircraft in first. The middle console adds the needed elbow room in case you’ve hot an armrest hog of a neighbor. The “A” seats in first are alone so if you’re solo and can grab one, You’ll have both window and aisle access.
Food: I”m normally surprised to get anything other than pretzel twists and half a twix bar aboard regional jets, but 2 meal choices?! Wow. When did Delta Connection get so Delta? There was a sandwich choice that I had to send back because it had avocado on it (I’m allergic) and there was the salad I ended up with. Everything tasted fresh and is enough to fill you up if you’re working with a normal appetite.
Summary: This is about the opposite experience (regionally speaking) as you’d find aboard the E175′s older sibling the tiny E-145. The larger size of the newer plane makes for a better experience in any class, but my how first class has evolved on mini-jets.
Rating: 4 hops (of 5)
Strategy: Delta Airlines Medallion (elite) SkyMiles members get unlimited space-available upgrades. Arrive early to the airport and check in at the kiosk to see if Delta is selling upgrades to first. Good luck!