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Best Seats, Amenities, & Experiences on Delta's A350

Old Jun 20, 2017, 7:21 pm
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Status as of 17 July 2024

Initial flights:
DTW>NRT effective Oct 30 2017 (from B744). Inaugural A350 flight, flown by N502DN.
DTW>ICN effective Nov 18 2017 (in conjunction with the B744). First flight flown by N501DN. Transitioned to the A350 Dec 18 2017.
DTW>PEK effective Jan 17 2018 (in conjunction with the A332). First flight flown by N503DN. Transitioned to the A350 Feb 13 2018.
DTW>AMS effective March 31 2018 (from A332/333) - DL132/133 only.
DTW>PVG effective April 19 2018 (from B744/B777).
ATL>ICN effective March 24 2018 (from B777).
LAX>PVG effective July 2 2018 (alternated with the B777 until July 18 2018).

Press Releases Regarding A350 Routes
http://news.delta.com/delta-s-new-a3...eon-march-2018
http://news.delta.com/delta-expands-...rope-and-china

Related threads:
2017 The Year of the A350
Are there enough toilets on the new A350?
UA 77W Polaris vs DL A350 DeltaOne in Business

All cabins feature wifi, USB power, and AVOD at every seat.

Delta One (business/first seats, rows 1-9)
* Features 32 of the new Delta One Suites with lie-flat seats, 22-24" width, and 76-81" length in a 1-2-1 configuration.
* A full-height door at every suite and sliding privacy dividers between center suites
* In-suite, customizable ambient lighting; dedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptops; and memory foam-enhanced comfort cushion
* An 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor and 110-volt power
* Delta's webpage on the new suites: https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...ess-class.html

Delta Premium Select (premium economy seats, rows 20-25)
* Has 48 seats with 18.5" width, 38" pitch, up to 7" of recline, and adjustable leg rests in a 2-4-2 configuration
* Up to a 13.3-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment screen and 110-volt power
* Delta's webpage on these new seats: https://www.delta.com/content/www/en...m-economy.html

Main Cabin (economy seats, rows 30-55)
* Has 226 seats with 18" width and 31-32" pitch in a 3-3-3 configuration.
* Preferred seats are window and aisle seats in rows 30-33, 41, and all seats in exit row 40
* Does not have 110-volt power

Config of the 3-class cabin was…D1/32 seats (rows 1-9)…PS/48 seats (rows 20-25)...MC/226 seats (rows 30-55)…for a total 306 seats. This config was on the first 13 frames (3501-3513) delivered and then subsequently they were updated to the 4-class cabin as detailed below.

Config of the 4-class cabin is...D1/32 seats (rows 1-9)...PS/48 seats (rows 20-25)…C +/36 seats (rows 30-33)…MC/190 seats (rows 34-55)… for a total of 306 seats. Aircraft designation is 359.

Config of the 3-class cabin (ex-LATAM) is…D1/20 seats (rows 1-5)…C +/63 seats (rows 16-22)…MC/246 seats (rows 23-51)…for an total of 339 seats. Aircraft designation is 35L.

New config of the 4-class cabin starting 06/01/24 is…D1/40 seats (rows 1-11)…PS/40 seats (rows 20-24)…C +/36 seats (rows 30-33)…MC/159 seats (rows 34-51) for a total of 275 seats. Aircraft designation is 35H.

Seat map (link to Delta webpage)
359 (4 class) cabin tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ3D-xZGfAs
35L (ex-Latam) cabin tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgO-Os_rLCk

A350 Current Routes:
DTW>NRT Started Oct 30 2017 (from B744). First flight was flown by N502DN and it was the inaugural A350 flight.
DTW>ICN Started Nov 18 2017 (from B744). First flight was flown by N501DN.
DTW>PEK Started Jan 17 2018 (from A332). First flight was flown by N503DN.
DTW>AMS (Alternating DL132/133 and DL134/135) Started March 31 2018 (from A332/333). First flight was flown by N502DN.
DTW>PVG Started April 19 2018 (from B777). First flight was flown by N508DN.
ATL>ICN Started March 24 2018 (from B777). First flight was flown by N504DN.
LAX>PVG Started July 2 2018 (from B777). First flight was flown by N504DN.
SEA>NRT Started March 1 2019 (from B767/A333). First flight was flown by N502DN.

Press Releases Regarding A350 Routes:
http://news.delta.com/delta-s-new-a3...eon-march-2018
http://news.delta.com/delta-expands-...rope-and-china

A350-900 (359 config): 19
3501 N501DN Delivered TLS>ATL Aug 5 2017. Entered service Oct 31 2017. Flew the first A350 flight DTW>ICN Nov 18 2017. C+ installed at MSP Jan 10-Feb 2 2021.
3502 N502DN Delivered TLS>ATL Sept 1 2017. Entered service and flew the inaugural A350 flight DTW>NRT Oct 30 2017. C+ installed at MSP Feb 17-March 1 2021.
3503 N503DN Delivered TLS>MSP Nov 1 2017. Entered service DTW>NRT Nov 18 2017. Flew the first A350 flight DTW>PEK Jan 17 2018. C+ installed at MSP Feb 2-16 2021.
3504 N504DN Delivered TLS>MSP Nov 29 2017. Entered service DTW>NRT Dec 18 2017. Flew the first A350 flight ATL>ICN on March 24 2018. Flew the first A350 flight LAX>PVG on July 2 2018. C+ installed at MSP March 1-15 2021.
3505 N505DN Delivered TLS>ATL>MSP Dec 12-13 2017. Entered service DTW>NRT Jan 12 2018. C+ installed at MSP March 26-April 9 2021.
3506 N506DN Delivered TLS>ATL Dec 22 2017. Entered service DTW>ICN Feb 7 2018. C+ installed at MSP March 15-26 2021.
3507 N507DN Delivered TLS>ATL Feb 21 2018. Entered service DTW>NRT March 17 2018. C+ installed at MSP Dec 30 2020-Jan 20 2021.
3508 N508DN Delivered TLS>ATL March 6 2018. Entered service DTW>ICN March 30 2018. C+ installed at MSP Jan 17-31 2021.
3509 N509DN Delivered TLS>ATL April 13 2018. Entered service DTW>ICN May 6 2018. C+ installed at MSP Jan 30-Feb 15 2021.
3510 N510DN Delivered TLS>ATL May 24 2018. Entered service DTW>NRT June 16 2018. C+ installed at MSP Feb 15-March 6 2021.
3511 N511DN Delivered TLS>ATL June 14 2018. Entered service DTW>ICN July 7 2018. C+ installed at MSP March 16-April 16 2021.
3512 N512DN Delivered TLS>ATL Jan 26 2019. Entered service ATL>ICN Feb 14 2019. C+ installed at MSP April 17-22 2021. ViaSat IFC.
3513 N513DZ Delivered TLS>ATL March 1 2019. Entered service DTW>AMS March 21 2019. C+ installed at MSP April 22-25 2021. Arrived @ SIN 7/16/24 for mx/ViaSat IFC
(Note: all A359s with ship numbers 3514 and higher were delivered with C+ installed.)
3514 N514DN Delivered TLS>NRT Sept 16-17 2020. Entered service DTW>CDG Oct 17 2020.
3515 N515DN Delivered TLS>AMS Sept 16 2020. Entered revenue service (cargo) NRT>ATL Nov 5 2020 and revenue passenger service ATL>ICN Nov 6 2020.
3516 N516DN Delivered TLS>NRT Jan 26-27 2022. Entered service MSP>DTW Feb 24 2022.
3517 N517DZ Delivered TLS>NGO Feb 1-2 2022…ferried NGO>NRT for induction Feb 12 2022. Entered service DTW>AMS March 7 2022.
3518 N518DZ Delivered TLS>NRT Nov 22-23 2022. Entered service DTW>HND Dec 18 2022.
3519 N519DN Delivered TLS>NRT Dec 16-17 2022. Entered service MSP>PHX Jan 9 2023. ViaSat IFC (prototype).
A350-900 (35H config): 2/16 delivered (2 in service, 0 in induction).
3520 N520DN Delivered TLS>NRT April 4-5 2024...exited NRT-MSP April 18 2024…Entered service ATL>AMS May 5 2024. ViaSat IFC.
3521 N521DN Delivered TLS>ATL May 3 2024…”TEAM USA” livery…Entered service ATL>LAX May 25 2024. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 673 3522 N522DZ...“LA 2028 OLYMPIC GAMES” livery...second test flight at TLS July 8 2024…delivery Summer 2024.
MSN 677 3523 N523DN...first test flight at TLS July 4 2024…delivery Summer 2024.
MSN 680 3524 N524DN...spotted in full livery w/ engines July 17 2024…delivery Summer 2024.
MSN 687 3525 N525DN...Delivery scheduled 2024.
MSN 709 3526 N526DN...Delivery scheduled 2024.
MSN 720 3527 N527DN...Delivery scheduled 2025.
MSN 722 3528 N528DN...Delivery scheduled 2025.

MSN 735 3529 N529DN…Delivery scheduled 2025.
MSN 747 3530 N530DN…Delivery scheduled 2025.
MSN xxx 3531 N531DN…Delivery scheduled 2025.
MSN xxx 3532 N532DN…Delivery scheduled 2025.


Upcoming deliveries/orders as of 12/31/23:
2024 7
2025 6
2026 & later 3
Total 16

A350-900 (35L): 9
MSN 024...3568...N568DZ...ex PR-XTA...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN May 5-8 2023 for induction. Induction completed & ferried SIN>SEA>ATL Aug 19-20 2023….entered service ATL>MXP Sept 3 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 027...3569...N569DZ...ex PR-XTB...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN April 13-15 2023 for induction...induction completed & ferried SIN>LAX>ATL July 7 2023...entered service ATL>BCN July 15 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 048...3570...N570DZ...ex A7-AMC/PR-XTE...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN Feb 24-26 2023 for induction...induction completed & ferried SIN>ATL May 17 2023...entered service ATL>CDG May 27 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 064...3571...N571DZ... ex A7-AMB/PR-XTF...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN Jan 12-14 2023 for induction...induction completed & ferried SIN>ATL April 4 2023...entered service ATL>AMS April 15 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 200...3572...N572DZ...ex PR-XTH...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN Nov 9-11 2022 for induction...induction completed & ferried SIN>ATL Jan 20 2023…entered service ATL>GTB Feb 11 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 250...3573...N573DZ...ex PR-XTI…ferried VCV>SEA>SIN Sept 27-29 2022 for induction...induction completed & ferried SIN>ATL Dec 7 2022...entered service DTW>HNL Jan 1 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 265...3574...N574DZ...ex A7-AQA/PR-XTJ...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN June 2-5 2022 for induction...induction completed & ferried SIN>SEA>MSP Aug 19 2022...entered service ATL>SEA Sept 9 2022. 2Ku WiFi.
MSN 282...3575...N575DZ...ex A7-AQB/PR-XTK...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN Feb 11-13 2022 for induction…induction completed & ferried SIN>MSP June 1 2022…entered service ATL>DTW June 13 2022. 2Ku WiFi.
MSN 313...3576...N576DZ...ex A7-AQC/PR-XTL...ferried VCV>SEA>SIN March 10-12 2022 for induction…induction completed & ferried SIN>MSP July 18 2022…entered service ATL>SEA Aug 2 2022. 2Ku WiFi.
*The 9 ex-LATAM frames were refurbished between February 2022 and September 2023…config of the 3-class cabin is D1/30…C+/63…MC/246 for a total of 339 seats.
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Old Oct 30, 2017, 10:23 pm
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I’m not a fan of the seat. I’m in3D. I find the armrest by the window juts into my back. I don’t find the seat comfortable for sleeping. The lavs are tight (both inside as well as the outside entry - as the aisles are narrow). Neither lav in the front seemed to lock easily. I’m sure that can be fixed.

Biggest gripe... They advertised new high speed internet. But it is spotty at best, and when it works it’s at a snail’s pace!
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Old Oct 30, 2017, 10:28 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70
I’m not a fan of the seat. I’m in3D. I find the armrest by the window juts into my back. I don’t find the seat comfortable for sleeping. The lavs are tight (both inside as well as the outside entry - as the aisles are narrow). Neither lav in the front seemed to lock easily. I’m sure that can be fixed.

Biggest gripe... They advertised new high speed internet. But it is spotty at best, and when it works it’s at a snail’s pace!
Do you prefer the A330 overall?

Maybe the Internet is slow because they made it free for the inaugural.
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Old Oct 30, 2017, 10:56 pm
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Maybe the Internet is slow because they made it free for the inaugural.
Ya this was my take too: free for everyone plus lots of media uploading lots of pics/vids. 2Ku internet should be quite good.
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Old Oct 31, 2017, 3:09 am
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Originally Posted by woodford02A
Found this guy's blog, he has some good photos: http://gabetravels.net/
Originally Posted by C W
Great find, glad we have somebody to cover the D1 Suite that we've all been waiting for!

His snapchat story is great, mspgabe.
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The pictures from Gabe's blog look great. The finishes actually look nicer than many of the renderings made them look, and some of the curves definitely have a bit of Virgin Atlantic flair to them.
Thanks so much for the comments guys!

Hope you enjoyed! Sorry the updates lapsed in the middle of the flight, the internet got way overloaded.

It was an incredible trip. Delta's got a real winner of a product here I think.
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Old Oct 31, 2017, 8:40 am
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First PE review here: https://thepointsguy.com/2017/10/fli...elect-dtw-nrt/. Looks like a great product!

Glad to see you enjoyed it MSPGabe, and I can't wait to see TPG's take on it as well.
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Old Oct 31, 2017, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by Fly_Delta_Jets
First PE review here: https://thepointsguy.com/2017/10/fli...elect-dtw-nrt/. Looks like a great product!

Glad to see you enjoyed it MSPGabe, and I can't wait to see TPG's take on it as well.
With J being well outside of my price range, Premium Economy is what has me cautiously excited. Comfort Plus is a joke, so it will be nice to have something that is a little closer to my price range that is an actual step up from Economy, rather than 3 more inches of legroom for $100...
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So where's the best seat in the house for us lowly Silvers flying in Y Main Cabin. I have a flight this December DTW-NRT.
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So where's the best seat in the house for us lowly Silvers flying in Y Main Cabin. I have a flight this December DTW-NRT.
The Points Guy says 40B/C/G/H and 41A/J
Objectively best leg room in Y
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Old Oct 31, 2017, 1:32 pm
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Caution on 41A/J, they look narrower than other seats. Could be just the picture though.

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Old Oct 31, 2017, 2:20 pm
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UA 77W vs DL A350 in Business

An interesting comparison between UA Polaris and DL One Suites. When it comes to hard product, beside privacy, OP says UA is better although it could be a personal opinion.
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For those that flown on PS, does the 18.5in width feel too tight or there's plenty of room?
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Old Oct 31, 2017, 11:13 pm
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Someone should measure them.

Originally Posted by shimps1
Caution on 41A/J, they look narrower than other seats. Could be just the picture though.

Delta economy bulkhead seats tend to be about 1/2 inch more narrow to accommodate the fold-down AVOD screen and table under the arm rest. Because 40B/C/G/H seats are doubles in a triple area, Delta has a choice to maintain seat width. If so, these would be the best seats (even better if you are traveling as a couple). If not, you are sacrificing seat width for leg space. The 41J seat in this photo is probably a narrower seat because they would have to make the adjustment for the fixed arm rest.

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Old Oct 31, 2017, 11:31 pm
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Looks great for me.

Originally Posted by GateGuardian
For those that flown on PS, does the 18.5in width feel too tight or there's plenty of room?
It'll be a few weeks until I experience it but my biggest problem with economy seats is not the seat width but shoulder room. The PS seats have much greater shoulder room than economy due to the wider dual armrests. For me, this is much better than putting that extra space into seat width and leaving us with a single arm rest. In the second scenario, "wide-body" passengers would easily infringe on my personal space like they often do in regular economy. With the PS seat design, they can't do that because I can shoo them away from what is unquestionably my assigned arm rest.
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Old Nov 1, 2017, 5:52 am
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I haven't flown on the A350, but my opinion is that the wider armrests are a great idea. It creates more of a private space boundary and it defines it clearer. These new flying sardine cans with the dense seating in economy wouldn't be that bad if people respected the "neutral zone" in between physical body parts. Unfortunately a lot of people do not.
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Old Nov 1, 2017, 8:06 am
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so does the A350 have C+ or not? I know there was some debate around it earlier on but lost track where that netted out.

Great review/pics so far...
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