Why 9D on a Delta Air Lines 767-300ER Aircraft is One of My Favorite Seats

I normally do not post trip reports, but I was assigned to seat 9D on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines on a recent flight from Seattle to Atlanta — and I truly enjoyed the entire experience.

This is the headrest of seat 9D in the Business Elite cabin aboard a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The main reason why I liked seat 9D — which happens to configure to a completely flat bed, if you choose to snooze — is because I felt like I was seated in a semi-private “suite”: in addition to the window next to the seat, I had the bulkhead wall for the economy class cabin behind me; the curtain separating the economy class cabin from the Business Elite cabin was drawn closed; and there was a locked storage area directly across from me, as seen in the photograph below:

This is the area which surrounded 9D, the seat to which I was assigned on a recent flight operated by Delta Air Lines. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The configuration of some seats in the business class cabin on this particular aircraft is that the seat is next to the aisle; mine was against the window, which I preferred. I liked the idea of not having anyone sitting next to me: it was like having both an aisle seat and a window seat. That is the best of both worlds for me.

This is the view of the Business Elite cabin from seat 9D. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The seat was equipped with a seat belt which contained an airbag:

I do not believe that seat belts in the economy class cabin are equipped with airbags — but I could be wrong. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The Massage button at seat 9D. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The seat was also equipped with a “massage” feature which felt like two lumbar supports alternating to press and rub against my lower back. This was one of a set of controls at the front edge of the wide armrest-cum-table which also had controls for the back of the seat and the leg rest, which you can control in any configuration between fully upright and the lie-flat position. I felt that the seat was a little too upright; but that is easily corrected to whatever position with which you are most comfortable.

The screen on the in-flight entertainment system was fairly large:

This is the screen display for the in-flight entertainment system and the magazine pouch net at seat 9D. You might be able to tell that I enjoy mapping where the aircraft is located during a flight. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Power ports, a place to plug in your headphones, and a personal light await you at seat 9D — and yes, they operated as designed. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

There was a tight space below the magazine pouch net which I assumed was a place to store your shoes in case you decide to remove them from your feet during the flight. There was plenty of leg room in front of me — as much as I needed. You could also store an item there as well — if your legs are not too long.

As you can see in the photograph on the right, there are several types of ports — including one for USB devices and an actual outlet to plug in your electronic devices.

Although I was in seat 9D — which was the last row in the Business Elite cabin and FEBO was in effect — I still had a choice between some type of cilantro chicken pasta meal and a hamburger for lunch. Although I have enjoyed the chicken pasta meals offered by Delta Air Lines in the past, I decided to brave the hamburger — despite the potential of what could go wrong by ordering a hamburger aboard an airplane during a flight.

I must say that the hamburger was hot and quite tasty — and FlyerTalk members generally seem to agree; it was juicy but not too moist and not dry, free of gristle, cooked to a temperature of medium well. The pickle was slightly reminiscent of the sour pickles one can buy in a Kosher delicatessen in New York, with a strong, pungent flavor. The condiments were fresh; and the cheddar cheese was sharp enough that I ate it — despite my dislike of eating cheese.

This entire meal tasted much better than it looked. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

The potato salad — which had a hint of dill flavor in the dressing — would have been a winner if the potatoes were not too hard. I guess the potatoes were not cooked long enough. I ate everything anyway.

The potato salad served with the hamburger lunch meal. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

I would recommend seat 9D any day — although seat 9A on the opposite side of the aircraft is probably similar. One disadvantage of seat 9D is that you have virtually no chance of being the first passenger off of the aircraft, if you are in a hurry and must do so. That did not matter to me, however. I was happy.

Here are recommendations and experiences by fellow FlyerTalk members pertaining to where to sit in seats aboard Boeing 767-300 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines.

To finish off this trip report, here are a couple of reasons why I enjoy window seats as taken during this particular flight:

A few of the Rocky Mountains capped with snow while flying over Montana. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Moon over Nashville at sunset. That speck to the left of the moon was a star — most likely, the North Star. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Comments (Showing 5 of 5)

  • Delta Points at 4:59am October 27, 2013

    Yep. Good seats. Working WiFi. Nice FA’s. Good phone APP. Unlimited domestic upgrades. Good food and even EATS to buy choices. Woodford Reserve. Planes on time. Great when it comes to IROPS. – I can see why so many want to fly other airlines 😉

  • ULDB65 at 12:31pm October 28, 2013

    Nitpick- it’s Venus, not the north star…

    • Brian Cohen at 11:19pm October 28, 2013

      By all means, please nitpick, ULDB65. Thank you for correcting me.
      I was not sure that that was the North Star because the sky was not dark enough to see other stars; and usually the North Star is associated with the Big Dipper constellation, which I did not see either.
      By the way, sometimes some of the best stargazing is from the window of an airplane in the middle of the night…

  • mikelat at 7:45pm October 28, 2013

    As a SEA based flyer – tempting. But the comparison to AA’s SWUs currently kills DL for me. Oh well, nice aircraft/seats for a domestic flight.

  • mpc7488 at 4:37pm October 29, 2013

    I’m also SEA based, but I find the flatbed seats pretty hard to find on the SEA-ATL route. I chose a 767-300 for my Christmas return flight, but it shows the old seat configuration. Maybe I’ll get lucky last minute.

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