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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 15 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 wasD1/32 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) isD1/20 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 isD1/40 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 2022ferried 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 2024Entered service ATL>AMS May 5 2024. ViaSat IFC.
3521 N521DN Delivered TLS>ATL May 3 2024TEAM USA liveryEntered service ATL>LAX May 25 2024. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 673 3522 N522DZ...LA 2028 OLYMPIC GAMES livery...second test flight at TLS July 8 2024delivery Summer 2024.
MSN 677 3523 N523DN...first test flight at TLS July 4 2024delivery Summer 2024.
MSN 680 3524 N524DN...spotted in full livery w/o engines April 24 2024delivery 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 N529DNDelivery scheduled 2025.
MSN 747 3530 N530DNDelivery scheduled 2025.
MSN xxx 3531 N531DNDelivery scheduled 2025.
MSN xxx 3532 N532DNDelivery 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 2023entered service ATL>GTB Feb 11 2023. ViaSat IFC.
MSN 250...3573...N573DZ...ex PR-XTIferried 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 inductioninduction completed & ferried SIN>MSP June 1 2022entered 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 inductioninduction completed & ferried SIN>MSP July 18 2022entered service ATL>SEA Aug 2 2022. 2Ku WiFi.
*The 9 ex-LATAM frames were refurbished between February 2022 and September 2023config of the 3-class cabin is D1/30C+/63MC/246 for a total of 339 seats.
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Old Nov 1, 2017, 9:21 pm
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Once the 777 fleet is upgraded, then they will have the same product, but the A350 will be considerably more premium-heavy while the 777 will be more coach-heavy. I assume DL will assign the A350s to the routes that sell the most D1 seats at the highest prices.
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Originally Posted by kjnangre
Once the 777 fleet is upgraded, then they will have the same product, but the A350 will be considerably more premium-heavy while the 777 will be more coach-heavy. I assume DL will assign the A350s to the routes that sell the most D1 seats at the highest prices.
That will make routes like LAX-SYD and ATL-JNB interesting given that those routes seem to fill up in J in advance with cash sales, based on reports of those who try to use GUCs on the routes having limited to no success and at best often clearing at the gate, if at all.
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Originally Posted by kjnangre
Once the 777 fleet is upgraded, then they will have the same product, but the A350 will be considerably more premium-heavy while the 777 will be more coach-heavy. I assume DL will assign the A350s to the routes that sell the most D1 seats at the highest prices.
Configurations won't be that different. 32/48/226 for the A350-900 and 28/48/220Y for the 777 fleet. So four more suites and six more Y seats on the A350-900 than the 777. Real question is what they do with the 77L once retrofitted as the A350-900 can perform, with the exception of ATL-JNB, all of the other 77L routes, including upcoming ATL-PVG. Maybe a return to DTW-HKG as the configuration, oil prices, and respective economies are much better than the previous situation in 2011.
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Originally Posted by Longboater
Maybe a return to DTW-HKG as the configuration, oil prices, and respective economies are much better than the previous situation in 2011.
That would be nice to see. I'd assume a few additional ICN routes also if the JV goes thru
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Originally Posted by kjnangre
That would be nice to see. I'd assume a few additional ICN routes also if the JV goes thru
I'm expecting that. I wouldn't be surprised if Delta started flying their own metal on routes such as JFK/LAX-ICN, start MSP/PDX-ICN. JFK-ICN would likely be a A350-900 route while LAX-ICN would probably be operated by a 777 since Delta has a 777 base at LAX. Its a real testament to the strength of OZ/KE in this country that UA and AA only operate a daily 787-9 into ICN from SFO and DFW respectively.
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Seems weird a travel blogger would be unaware about preordering the JPML.
Also seemed weird that a travel blogger would be surprised at the experience of poor inflight internet connectivity on a flight where they gave free WiFi to every travel blogger and reporter on board.
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I just had a schedule change that would have lead to a mis-connect. The agent re-booked us on a leg that included the new A359 DTW-NRT. This was disappointing as we are traveling a couple with PM status. So that gave us 2 side seats in C+ on a A330. Now we won the prize of not being able to have that little extra legroom and more than likely sharing space with another passenger in a 3-3-3 setup.

I did notice about seats 40B,C & 40G,H, but I usually hate having the fixed arm rest when travelling with the wife. Is this our best option though? Do I have any chance they will allow me to re-book into a routing without the A359?
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Originally Posted by Flamenguista
I just had a schedule change that would have lead to a mis-connect. The agent re-booked us on a leg that included the new A359 DTW-NRT. This was disappointing as we are traveling a couple with PM status. So that gave us 2 side seats in C+ on a A330. Now we won the prize of not being able to have that little extra legroom and more than likely sharing space with another passenger in a 3-3-3 setup.

I did notice about seats 40B,C & 40G,H, but I usually hate having the fixed arm rest when travelling with the wife. Is this our best option though? Do I have any chance they will allow me to re-book into a routing without the A359?
Following a schedule change, you research the new route/aircraft/schedule that you like best and then call DL and they give it to you. You don't just take whatever they happen to suggest. It'll be harder now that you've accepted DL's proposal, but you might still be able to change to something else.
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Originally Posted by Flamenguista
I just had a schedule change that would have lead to a mis-connect. The agent re-booked us on a leg that included the new A359 DTW-NRT. This was disappointing as we are traveling a couple with PM status. So that gave us 2 side seats in C+ on a A330. Now we won the prize of not being able to have that little extra legroom and more than likely sharing space with another passenger in a 3-3-3 setup.

I did notice about seats 40B,C & 40G,H, but I usually hate having the fixed arm rest when travelling with the wife. Is this our best option though? Do I have any chance they will allow me to re-book into a routing without the A359?
It's worth a call. Delta is usually very accommodating following schedule changes. May be harder if you already spoke to an agent, but if you explain the seating situation that may help.
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Originally Posted by Flamenguista
I just had a schedule change that would have lead to a mis-connect. The agent re-booked us on a leg that included the new A359 DTW-NRT. This was disappointing as we are traveling a couple with PM status. So that gave us 2 side seats in C+ on a A330. Now we won the prize of not being able to have that little extra legroom and more than likely sharing space with another passenger in a 3-3-3 setup.

I did notice about seats 40B,C & 40G,H, but I usually hate having the fixed arm rest when travelling with the wife. Is this our best option though? Do I have any chance they will allow me to re-book into a routing without the A359?
That's the best option if you don't wish to share a row with another passenger. Don't forget that there's no C+ on that plane so the other plus of row 40 has expansive leg space. The downside is it is near the rest rooms so passengers have a tendency to congregate in the area where you place your legs. I've had my feet stomped on in seats like that so it's nearly impossible to get any sleep.
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Originally Posted by Longboater
Configurations won't be that different. 32/48/226 for the A350-900 and 28/48/220Y for the 777 fleet. So four more suites and six more Y seats on the A350-900 than the 777. Real question is what they do with the 77L once retrofitted as the A350-900 can perform, with the exception of ATL-JNB, all of the other 77L routes, including upcoming ATL-PVG. Maybe a return to DTW-HKG as the configuration, oil prices, and respective economies are much better than the previous situation in 2011.
Keep using the 77L as needed.

And technically the 359 (and 77E) can do all the routes except ATL-JNB, the 77L will still take a larger load on routes like LAX-SYD, ATL-PVG and DTW-PVG.

I expect we will see another HKG route at some point, either LAX or DTW but i expect either will be on the LR. My bet is the next route to see the 359 will be ATL-NRT.


now, the 280T MTOW 359 will be quite comparable to the 77L but IIRC the only 359s DL has on order that fit in the time frame is the last 10-12.
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Originally Posted by Dawgfan6291
Keep using the 77L as needed.

And technically the 359 (and 77E) can do all the routes except ATL-JNB, the 77L will still take a larger load on routes like LAX-SYD, ATL-PVG and DTW-PVG.

I expect we will see another HKG route at some point, either LAX or DTW but i expect either will be on the LR. My bet is the next route to see the 359 will be ATL-NRT.


now, the 280T MTOW 359 will be quite comparable to the 77L but IIRC the only 359s DL has on order that fit in the time frame is the last 10-12.
I figured as much as the 77L can get all the lift in the world and wouldn't face any weight restriction on ATL-PVG, LAX-SYD whereas the 275 tonne A350-900 would face some restrictions, albeit not to the point where Delta would need to block seats off. I'd have to think if Delta were to start a second HKG flight, it would be DTW-HKG as LAX-HKG is pretty much all taken up by CX and AA.
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N502DN will fly the inaugural DL A350 flight tomorrow from DTW>NRT>DTW:

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N502DN
I was at the NRT Hilton on Nov 1-2, and saw two other guests wearing Airbus polos that said "A350 Launch Team." I infer from that that Airbus had "boots on the ground" in NRT for support for the occasion.
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