This is a pictorial trip review of my Delta One flight on The A350.
Delta use Terminal 2 at Beijing Capital International Airport. Despite the age and basic amenities of this terminal, I like the close vicinity of everything in this terminal, the gate is just a short walk away from check-in.
Delta One guest and Elite Skyteam Frequent Flyers are invited to use the Skyteam Lounge in Beijing. The lounge is new and its offering is quite the Skyteam Lounge standard. The bar has a few bottles of wine and various drinks on offer.
As I was filming on my flight, I was allowed to pre-board and take a few fresh cabin pictures, before general boarding took place.
Indeed, the Delta One and Delta Premium Select (Premium Economy Class) cabin were stunning on the A350!
There are a total of 32 seats in The Delta One Cabin. The cabin looks extra spacious thanks to no overhead bins in the middle. The seating configuration is 1-2-1. Each Delta One private suite comes with a "door" to ensure privacy. Each private suite comes with direct aisle access.
Next cabin after The Delta One is The Delta Premium Select, their premium economy class with a 2-4-2 seating configuration. A noise cancelling headset and Tumi amenity kit is placed on each seat. Please note the tray table is in between the seats. Therefore you cannot lift up the armrest between the seats.
Delta One passengers receive a Tumi branded amenity kit and Delta One Pyjamas. However, after I took this flight, Delta has now stopped offering pyjamas on their long haul flights.
There is ample storage space for your belongings. The controls are fairly easy to use. Standard power point and USB charge points are available in every suite.
We pushed back on-time and took off to the South on Runway 19 out of Beijing. The flight time to Detroit was 12 hours 20 minutes. Our flights initial cruise was at 35,000 feet. Our aircraft registration was N502DN.
The flight attendant came along with a round of drinks, of which I tried out Delta's signature cocktail a mix of gin, cran-apple juice and sparkling water; there were also warm nuts on offer. The flight attendants took their time to have casual conversation with every passenger in Delta One.
Next was the dinner, which Delta One passengers have a choice of 2 appetizers, 2 kinds of soups and 4 main course choices.
I tried out both Chinese and Western starters.
Next I have the boneless BBQ pork as my main course.
I must say I was really impressed by the dining quality Delta offer on their Delta One product; the food was delicious!
To finish the dinner, I had an ice cream sundae; but I passed on the cheese plate and port wine.
Next, I checked out the food in Delta's premium economy; Delta Premium Select.
I was expecting the same kind of food from economy to be served in Delta Premium Select but I was very wrong!
The food was served on fine dining ware and was much more upscale than the Economy food with the same starter on offer as in Delta One!
Our flight that day took us flying over North Russia and North of Alaska before flying south towards Detroit. We had unusually clear weather all the way.
The sun dimmed for a while but never set as we kept flying north.
Delta A350 offers an excellent and wide range of entertainment options. I was surprised how many international movies were on offer and there was also a dedicated SkyKids channel. The only complaint is there is no tail camera view from the in-flight entertainment.
I had a Chinese Dim Sum as a mid-flight snack and it was delicious!
The Delta A350 also comes with an espresso machine, which makes great Starbucks espresso.
It was time to try out the bed. Delta One use comfortable Westin Heavenly bed bedding, but there was no mattress. The bed is very long, good for a 6"3. It is on par in terms of width to other airlines' business class. The foot well is extra-large, so my legs could turn and didn’t feel confined. I also appreciated the extra privacy provided by the door.
1.5 hours prior to landing, the arrival meal was served.
I had had 2 excellent Chinese meals so far and I just thought it couldn’t get any better, then this meal really rocked and shocked my world!
I was in disbelief that a foreign airline served such authentic Chinese Shanxi noodle! (Long flat white noodle served with shredded pork). It also came with an excellent dace chili paste. See the video review for more food coverage.
After landing in Detroit, I went through immigration and customs. A Delta service agent picked me up in a Porsche Cayenne and drove me across the ramp to my next flight. Delta took amazing care of my travel.
I truly believe Delta One on the A350 is one of the BEST Business Class products out there. Not just the fabulous seating and hard product, Delta has really impressed me with their dining on-board and service delivery. I felt relaxed on the whole flight and benefited from the private space I had on-board. One great aspect of the cabin design was that I didn't feel crowded even though we had an almost full flight.
Have you flown the Delta A350, what do you think about their product?