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

Old Jun 20, 2017, 7:21 pm
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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/ engines July 17 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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Best Seats, Amenities, & Experiences on Delta's A350

Old Dec 17, 2017, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by nichojo
That's what I thought. Hope they refit it soon!
Due to the small size of the fleet, they should be wrapping up mods by this time next year.
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Old Dec 18, 2017, 5:04 am
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Originally Posted by audidudi
The fourth one, ship #3504, N504DN, is currently en route from MSP>DTW, and therefore should be entering service soon.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N504DN
If true I think I'm on this today. So excited brand freaking new.
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Old Dec 18, 2017, 5:23 am
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Originally Posted by DeltaAddict
If true I think I'm on this today. So excited brand freaking new.
Well, FlightAware shows that aircraft as operating DL275 today. So, if you are flying DL275 today you will be on this aircraft.
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Old Dec 18, 2017, 6:50 am
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Originally Posted by minnyfly
6 were always anticipated in 2017.
The 2017 Annual Report - published Feb. 2017 - shows a purchase commitment for 5 A350s in Calendar Year 2017. That would be a bad place to lie.

http://d18rn0p25nwr6d.cloudfront.net...73fdf49a38.pdf
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Old Dec 22, 2017, 7:33 am
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The sixth and final delivery for this year is currently en route from TLS>ATL.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N506DN
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Old Dec 22, 2017, 8:16 am
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Originally Posted by bubbashow
Main complaint from a FA friend is the lack of a crossover at door 3. To go across, it is door 2, or all the way to the back.
I had the A350 DTW-ICN on 12/16 in main cabin and here's my thoughts:
-Definitely agree with the above poster. No crossover at door 3 is a problem. There is really no space to stand and stretch. I realized this more so riding the 744 back for the last flight on 12/19 with acres of space to stand and stretch.
​​​​​​​-Ideally DL would remove seats 40 DEF to make a crossover and space to stand. Doubt this will happen though.
-This plane is short a Lav or two in main cabin. As they are all in one place, the only area to stand and wait for a Lav is in the exit door areas in front of 40BC and GH. These areas get busy quickly.
-At ICN, the bags were delayed by an hour as apparently they couldn't get the cargo door open. At least according to the announcement made while everyone was waiting at the baggage carousel. Not ideal and no 20 min promise since Int'l.
-Didn't check out PE or D1 so maybe next time around.
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 6:53 am
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I just flew ICN-DTW on 12/23 in D1 so I figured I give some thoughts on it too. We were 2.5 hours delayed on the ground in ICN due to heavy fog, so I had a lot of seat time to play with everything.

I was in 3A. Cabin was a around 60% full. Probably because lack of business travelers right before Christmas, as PE and Economy were full.
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-seat is comfortable and spacious, nothing like the 767 seats others have compared it to. I liked the small storage area where you can hang headphones and put your chargers and phone in. I do wish the pocket for magazines expanded more so I could slide my Surface into it.
-i would suggest picking odd numbered seats so you are further from the aisle, therefore a bit more quite.
-The door was actually better than I thought. It is a bit gimmicky and I thought it was a hard to open, but it does provide a nice level of privacy for a business class product.
- screen was very nice and responsive. From the pictures I was afraid I would be sitting too close to it and get a headache, but that was not the case.
-Seat 4B and C had problems with their IFE system, so that couple moved up to row 3, so be warned if you are in that row. Plane was 502 for those curious. I hope they can get that fixed soon, not a good thing for a new plane.
-service was overall good. Nothing spectacular, but no complaints.Same with the food.

Overall I enjoyed the seat and prefer it over the A330 seats. I will be looking forward to my next flight in January to NRT in the same seat.
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 7:07 am
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Originally Posted by Striple
I just flew ICN-DTW on 12/23 in D1 so I figured I give some thoughts on it too. We were 2.5 hours delayed on the ground in ICN due to heavy fog, so I had a lot of seat time to play with everything.

I was in 3A. Cabin was a around 60% full. Probably because lack of business travelers right before Christmas, as PE and Economy were full.
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-i would suggest picking odd numbered seats so you are further from the aisle, therefore a bit more quite.
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Overall I enjoyed the seat and prefer it over the A330 seats. I will be looking forward to my next flight in January to NRT in the same seat.
Thanks for that. I was thinking that, but was hoping someone would confirm. I'm flying the extra runs LAS-ICN 1/8-1/13 and have selected odd numbered seats for that reason.
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 7:32 am
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Bought a ticket for my girlfriend ICN-DTW in coach and after purchase, given the option to upgrade to Premium Select on the A350 for around US$ 320. Seems like a great offer for a 13-hour flight. At booking, the difference in fare between lowest coach and PS was $1,200. I know a few others have reported similar PS upgrade pricing on TPAC routes, but when the cabin was somewhat full and only middle seats available. PS cabin on this flight is quite empty with plenty of window and aisle seats available.
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 11:08 am
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How's the view out the window from the even window seats? I know it's farther away from the window, but how uncomfortable is it to lean and look out the window?

Along with that, are the seats all the same width? Or would the odd seats be a little wider since they are farther from the aisle as well?
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 12:19 pm
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Originally Posted by 3Cforme
The 2017 Annual Report - published Feb. 2017 - shows a purchase commitment for 5 A350s in Calendar Year 2017. That would be a bad place to lie.

http://d18rn0p25nwr6d.cloudfront.net...73fdf49a38.pdf
https://seekingalpha.com/article/407...-defers-orders

The initial delivery schedule was six for 2017, and it's been six again for a while. Again, there's no debating that DL was behind on training pilots, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the delivery schedule. They had months to prevent the earlier substitutions.
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 2:17 pm
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I flew DTW-NRT last week in seat 5D. I had a great view out the window and was able to take nice videos of takeoff and landing. I agree it's nothing like the 767. It's very spacious I'm 5'10 and had lots of room. With the seat in normal recline and the privacy door closed it's very private. You won't see other passengers. I loved the experience and I'm spoiled now. I don't think I can fly TPAC again unless it's on a 350.

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Old Dec 24, 2017, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by shimps1
How's the view out the window from the even window seats? I know it's farther away from the window, but how uncomfortable is it to lean and look out the window?

Along with that, are the seats all the same width? Or would the odd seats be a little wider since they are farther from the aisle as well?
If no one answers before Tuesday, I'll let you know. I'm flying DTW-ICN in 4A then. I've got 3A for my NRT-DTW return flight in January so I'll have a good comparison for the even vs. odd seats.
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by mot29
Thanks for that. I was thinking that, but was hoping someone would confirm. I'm flying the extra runs LAS-ICN 1/8-1/13 and have selected odd numbered seats for that reason.
Is DL using an A350 for LAS?
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Old Dec 24, 2017, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by minnyfly
Again, there's no debating that DL was behind on training pilots, and it had absolutely nothing to do with the delivery schedule. They had months to prevent the earlier substitutions.
If I'm not mistaken, pilots are not allowed to switch back and forth between 747 and A350; once they fly (or maybe even train) on an A350, they can't fly the 747 anymore. If that's true (I'm not certain) then I think that's why DL is struggling to staff both fleets (hence the cancellation/rescheduling of the last 747 DTW-ICN when a pilot got sick). Once the 747s are out of the fleet, crew availability will be better, I hope.
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